Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ)

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) provides a pathway to lawful permanent residency for non-citizen children who have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected by one or both of their parents.

To be eligible for SIJS, the non-citizen child must be under 21 years of age, unmarried, and under the jurisdiction of a state or juvenile court within the United States.

Federal immigration law requires that the state or juvenile court make certain, specific findings about the child. These findings are often referred to as the “SIJS Order.”  With the SIJS or from the applicable state or juvenile court, a non-citizen child can apply for SIJS with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Obtaining SIJS is a complex, two-part process requiring knowledge of Massachusetts state law and federal immigration law. Our lawyers at Celedon Law, can help children petition for this status, giving them a pathway to a new life in the United States free of abuse. Few family law firms in the region have the background in immigration, family law and adoption that our lawyers possess. Instead of making a child work with different attorneys, we can be there for every step.

Guiding You Through A Complex Process

Whether you are a custodial guardian, parent or foster parent, we can guide you and the child through the legal processe. We can file the necessary paperwork to get the predicate SIJS order from the state or juvenile court. We can then handle the second step of filing the proper petition and application with USCIS.

Celedon Law has helped individuals and families confront all manners of immigration issues — from the simple and routine to the most complex. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand the process, gather necessary documents and submit the required forms. Call our office at (508) 573-3170 or contact us online to discuss your immigration issue with an experienced and dedicated attorney.

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