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Boston Special Immigrant Juveniles Lawyers Helping Minors Adjust Their Immigration Status
If a non-citizen minor has experienced neglect, abuse, or abandonment, they may be able to gain lawful permanent residency in the U.S., also known as a green card, by filing for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). While this a fast way for a minor to get a green card, it can be quite complex, and any mistake can significantly slow the process down.
At Toland Law, LLC, we have helped many non-citizen minors gain lawful permanent residency in the United States and will fight for you. Because we are known for tenaciously fighting for the rights of our clients, we have been asked many questions achieving SIJS status.
Here are some of the most common questions we have received:
- Who is eligible to be considered a special immigrant juvenile?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status classification?
Who Is Eligible To Be Considered A Special Immigrant Juvenile?
To qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be under the age of 21 when you file the SIJ petition (Form I-360).
- You must be currently residing in the U.S. at the time the petition is filed and when the USCIS makes its decision.
- You must be unmarried, or if you were previously unmarried, it must have ended because of an annulment, divorce, or death.
- You must have had a valid juvenile court order issued by a state court in the U.S. that shows you have experienced neglect, abuse, or abandonment and it is not in your best interest to go back to your home country.
- You must be eligible for USCIS consent.
- You must have written documentation from the Department of Health and Human Services/ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Classification?
Some of the advantages of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status can include the following:
- The minor does not need to have entered the United States legally.
- The minor does not need to prove any means of financial support.
- The fee for the green card application may be waived.
Some of the disadvantages of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status are:
- The minor is never able to file an immigrant petition of any kind for either of their parents. This means if only one parent was abusive, the other parent will never be able to get a green card.
Contact One Of The Top Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Law Firms In Boston, MA
If you are a non-citizen minor who is suffering from neglect, abuse, or abandonment by your parents, you may be eligible to get a green card with the help of an immigration lawyer. At Toland Law, LLC, we offer years of experience and have helped many of our clients attain legal permanent residency in the U.S.
Our immigration attorneys will guide you through the complicated legal process, make sure there are no mistakes with your paperwork, and ensure that your rights are protected. To speak with a lawyer from Toland Law, LLC, give us a call at (781) 819-3647 or fill out the contact form on our website.