U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published new educational resources regarding foreign-born children present in the United States that may be in need of humanitarian protection because they have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent. Special Immigrant Juvenile status is an immigration classification that may allow for these vulnerable children to immediately apply for lawful permanent resident status.
USCIS is releasing the following educational resources about Special Immigrant Juvenile status:
– Immigration Relief for Abused Children: Information for Juvenile Court Judges, Child Welfare Workers, and Others Working with Abused Children Click Here for PDF.
– Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Child Welfare Workers Click Here for PDF.
– Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Juvenile Courts Click Here for PDF.
Children do not need to be in the foster care system to be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile status. However, abused, neglected, and abandoned children in foster care, who do not have legal immigration status, may be eligible.