Help For Abused And Abandoned Immigrant Children
Children who have had one or both parents deported are often left in federal custody or put into the foster care system. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created as a way for children and young adults under the age of 21 who have been abandoned or have only one parent living in the U.S. to gain legal status without having to leave the country. These children often suffer from abuse and neglect. We work hard to protect these children and help them acquire green cards and legal permanent residency.
Qualifying For Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas
The process of obtaining a Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa is complex and requires representation by an attorney that is familiar with every layer of the process. Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa eligibility begins with a custody order from the appropriate juvenile court containing very specific findings that are required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Then the Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa application may be submitted to USCIS. If the child is in deportation proceedings, there is simultaneous involvement with the Immigration Court as well.
Our attorneys are licensed by the State of Ohio, enabling us to represent our clients in the juvenile courts throughout Ohio, and we are very knowledgeable of the Special Immigrant Juvenile process.
A Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa allows children to gain legal permanent residents without going through removal proceedings. If your child or a child you know may qualify for a Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa, contact our Ohio immigration lawyers.