If you have a child that is not of American citizenship, you may be eligible to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. This program involves state and federal law and focuses on the well-being of the child. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status has many benefits. This type of visa allows beneficiaries to receive federal assistance to relocate or care for the child. In addition, the eligibility requirements for this type of visa are less stringent than for other forms of visas. For instance, you don’t have to prove your ability to support yourself and your child, unlike other forms of visas.
In a recent case involving re-arrests of unaccompanied minors, a federal district court in California approved a settlement that includes protections for class members. This case was filed in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to re-arrest unaccompanied minors based on gang accusations. USCIS recently announced new guidance for SIJS applications in its policy manual, which will help applicants receive these protections.
SIJS allows undocumented children under age 18 to apply for lawful permanent residency in the United States. These children were brought to this country by a parent when they were very young, but they may have fallen out of status because of the parent’s actions. If your child is undocumented, contact an immigration attorney for assistance. It may be possible to obtain special immigrant juvenile status for your child without having to pay any immigration fees.
The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program was established by Congress to help protect undocumented children. The law protects children under age 21 from abuse and neglect, but sometimes it can also protect children who have been placed in foster care. In many cases, these children are eligible for SIJ status if their parents have failed to obtain the proper order for their removal. The law does not consider their age, but rather the child’s best interests.
The benefits of this program are significant. For one, it offers an opportunity to lawfully reside in the United States and is beneficial for children whose parents have suffered family abuse or neglect. Additionally, the program can lead to a green card and permanent residency. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is time-sensitive and beneficial to at-risk children. To apply, the child must be under age 18 at the time of their application.
While these circumstances may apply to an unaccompanied immigrant child, you should consult an immigration attorney before filing a SIJS petition. The benefits of SIJS include the fact that it does not require sponsors to have U.S. citizenship or legal status in the U.S. Aside from the benefits of SIJS, the child does not have to suffer physical harm. It can also be a victim of exploitation or abuse by an adult.
Despite the high priority of these cases, it is important to understand that the process can take 6-18 months. This time varies depending on the country of origin, as the state courts have different standards for determining custody. However, USCIS should generally be able to grant or deny SIJS within six months. However, if your child is not yet legally emancipated, you may face a long wait for your application.