What is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?

“Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” is an immigration classification available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who are in the United States and who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by one or both parents; this classification allows the foreign national child to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States (otherwise known as “Green Card”).

In order to qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the foreign national child must be under 21 years old, unmarried, declared a dependent in a juvenile or family court in the county where he or she resides and reunification with one or both of the child’s parents must no longer be a viable option due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or a similar basis under state law and it is not in the best interest of the foreign national child to return to his or her country of nationality or last habitual residence.

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