Juvenile Cases

Handling Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases

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Each year, children from foreign countries arrive in the United States without the proper legal documentation, but sending them back to their home country would be inhumane.

Because of this commonly occurring issue, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a program known as Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status that is intended to help foreign-born children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. This allows these children to obtain legal status within the country and they can even achieve permanent residency at a later date.

In order to qualify for SIJ, an applicant must:

  • Be under the age of 21 at the time of filing
  • Currently be unmarried
  • Be present in the United States

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Full Knowledge of the SIJ Program

After a court of law has found evidence of neglect, abuse, or abandonment by one or both of the child's parents, and that returning to their native country would not be in their best interests, it is then possible for a child to petition for a SIJ visa. Our Louisiana immigration attorney at Ashley Foret Dees, LLC is well versed with respect to the SIJ program, and able to work as an effective advocate to petition on behalf of foreign-born children who are vulnerable and need the assistance of our government.

The system may seem complex and confusing, especially to outsiders with no knowledge, or a limited knowledge, of English. Fortunately, we are able to put our extensive experience and knowledge to work for these children. We fight tirelessly to help them be able to live, work, and enjoy a better life within the United States. Se Habla Español!

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