Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile status (SIJ) is an immigration classification available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. The status has a pathway to a green card and eventually to citizenship. If you are in the United States, under the age of 21, and need the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for SIJ. For more information on VAWA, eligibility requirements, and the application process, please consult www.uscis.gov.


The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases.

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