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In immigration law, there is a special classification that can serve as a gateway to permanent resident legal status and possibly eventual citizenship to those undocumented immigrants who are under the age of 21 and have been abused, neglected, or even abandoned by one or both parents.
There are a number of benefits to obtaining SIJS. For one thing, it removes several barriers that would otherwise make them inadmissible and thus prevent them from getting a green card and becoming a legal permanent resident. It also waives such potential issues as unlawful entry, working without proper authorization and a number of other immigration violations. Also, once they receive SIJS, they can adjust their status to that of a permanent resident, obtain work authorization and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship.
The process for obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status has two main stages. The first involves a proceeding in a Family or Juvenile court in the county in which they reside, so as to obtain what is called a “special findings order,” thus declaring their eligibility for SIJS. While in most cases guardianship is the most common way for the court to obtain jurisdiction over a minor, there are a number of other possible ways to do this as well, but the key thing to remember is that this order is absolutely necessary when applying for SJIS status.
After receiving that order, they will enter the second stage, which involves the actual application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, or USCIS for SJIS status, after which they will be given both lawful permanent residence and work authorization.
The process of obtaining SIJS status is actually very complex and requires a thorough knowledge of federal immigration law and Texas family law, so it should always be handled by an experienced immigration attorney. The lawyers for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status at Adame Garza LLP have the knowledge and the skills to help children gain this status and enter a new life in the United States that is free of abuse or neglect. Contact us, so that we can help you find the life you came here for.