New York City Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Lawyer

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The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program was established to assist immigrant children and young people who have been neglected or abandoned by family here in the U.S. Essentially, it provides green card status to these underserved individuals and allows them to stay and work here in the U.S. If you believe that you or a loved one could benefit from this program, it is advised that you seek legal counsel to assist with the application process.

At Arevalo Law, PLLC, we understand that programs like Special Immigrant Juvenile Status can provide tremendous relief to individuals who have limited options about what to do with their immigration status. Our New York City Special Immigrant Juvenile Status attorney can help you understand the requirements and restrictions of this program and, if needed, ensure that your application clearly asserts your eligibility for an SIJ green card.

Don't face this complex process alone. Call our offices at (646) 588-1300 today to discuss your SIJ options and eligibility with a New York City immigration attorney.

SIJ Green Card Requirements

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services upholds various requirements for potential SIJ recipients. At our firm, we can assist you in assessing these requirements and making sure that, if you do proceed with an application, that your candidacy is thoroughly documented.

Just some of the requirements for an SIJ green card include:

  • Applicants must currently be present in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be unmarried.
  • Applicants must be under age 21 when they file.
  • Applicants must have received a court order verifying that they have been the victim of abuse, abandonment, or neglect and that reuniting with parents is not in their best interests.

SIJ Restrictions

For those who do receive an SIJ, there are certain restrictions in place that differentiate them from other green card recipients. SIJ green card holders, for instance, cannot petition for green cards for their parents. They also cannot petition for green cards for their siblings, either. If a sibling similarly qualifies for an SIJ green card, they must go through the SIJ application themselves and cannot simply "piggyback" on to another sibling's green card status.

Have more questions about applying for an SIJ green card? Contact us today to request a consultation with Attorney Belinda Arevalo.

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