Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
This guide is intended for immigrants seeking to obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for a child who has been the victim of abuse, abandonment or neglect.
PurposeSpecial Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) status is intended for certain children who are unable to be reunited with a parent. Children who get a green card through the SIJ program can live and work permanently in the United States.
EligibilityTo petition for SIJ you must have a state court order that contains certain findings USCIS uses to determine your status, including the following:
To declare that you are a dependent of the court or to legally place you with a state agency, a private agency, or a private person and
It is not in your best interests to return to your home country (or the country you last lived in) and
You cannot be reunited with a parent because of ANY of the following:
Similar reason under state law
Procedure1. You must be under 21 years old on the filing date of the Form I-360.
2. Your state court order must be in effect on the filing date of the Form I-360 and when USCIS makes a decision on your application;
3. You cannot be married, both when you file your application and when USCIS makes a decision on your application;
4. You must be inside the United States at the time of filing the Form I-360
Green Card through SIJ StatusOnce you have met all the eligibility requirements for SIJ status, you need to establish your eligibility for a green card. You may need to file for a waiver in order to get a green card if you are inadmissible for any reason.