Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a special provision applicable to certain young immigrants who are present in the United States and are without their parents and cannot be returned to the care of their parents. To be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the child must have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by his parents.
The process for SIJS is very complex. In order to be eligible for SIJS, the child must be under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court of the state where they live, and may also need a waiver in certain circumstances.
To be eligible for SISJ:
◾You must be less than 21 years of age at the date of filing
◾The order of the juvenile court of the state must be current at the date of filing and when USCIS makes a decision on request, unless it is “expired” due to the child aging out
◾The child cannot be married at the time of filing or before a decision is made in her or her case. ”Not married” includes a child who’s marriage is terminated due to divorce, death, or annulment
◾The child must be in the United States at the time of filing the application for SIJS