The Law Office of Ashley Foret Dees was damaged by Hurricane Laura in August of 2020, but our office and staff are back up and running now in downtown Lake Charles. As a precaution against Covid-19, we do require masks before entering the building, and we handle our consultations over the phone at this time. Give us a call with any questions.

Juvenile Cases

Louisiana Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Lawyer

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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

If you or someone you love has special immigrant juvenile status, contact Ashley Foret Dees, LLC for experienced help. Call (337) 214-0670 or reach us online. Se habla Español.

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!

Ready to begin? Call us at (337) 214-0670.

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  • You Continue To Do a Remarkable Job

    “"Ashley that is definitely great news. You continue to do a remarkable job. Thanks." *Case involved representation before DOL and USCIS for an I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. ”

  • She is an excellent attorney

    “I have had the opportunity to work with Ashley Foret Dees as a colleague in cases we have handled together and in conferences. She is an excellent attorney and I would recommend her he anyone looking for an immigration attorney.”


  • Ashley Forert Dees = a team of professionals.

    “Ashley Forert Dees = a team of professionals. I strongly recommend them for the patience, goodness and precision with which they helped me through this process of the green card . I could not have made a better choice! Thank you all, dearly, Poliana Houston.”

    Poliana Houston

  • The best in town

    “Highly professional! Excellent Communication”

    Linda Louis

  • Thank you all for aiding us in finally having a stress-free life.

    “We we're very nervous about driving 3 hours just to get an attorney but upon arrival we immediately felt comfortable. The estimated process time given to us from this office was 6-9 months and we finished everything before the 9 months which was amazing. Thanks to Ashley, Josue, Maria and Karen we succeeded in getting my husband's Green Card. Our family can finally live in peace knowing we will not he separated. We have felt like these people became part of our family. Nothing about this felt like an attorney on client relationship, everything was personal and very professional and we could not have asked for a better experience. We will definitely be hiring Ashley again for the removal of conditions for my husband and hopefully my husband decides to do his citizenship so we can again, hire Ashley. Thank you all for aiding us in finally having a stress-free life. God Bless you all! Muchas Gracias por todo. --*The Terrazas family. *Case involved an I-130 + I-485 Adjustment of Status. ”

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