Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent can self-petition for classification as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Such classification allows for a child to obtain lawful permanent residence. Immigrants First partners with family law practitioners who are expert at obtaining the pre-requisite custody order for the custodial relative and, after the custody order has been obtained, we file for SIJS classification. We can apply for this relief regardless of whether or not the child is in removal proceedings, and we have helped many children gain permanent resident status to secure their futures for the rest of their lives.
We are experts at handling asylum cases, including representing children who crossed the border by themselves. Their cases are handled through a different process with USCIS and the immigration court. We guide children and their families through this complicated process to help them achieve asylum or other relief they may qualify for, including SIJS as well as asylum.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Although new petitions are not being accepted for young people who previously could have qualified for DACA, we continue to help persons with DACA renew their DACA to continue with their work permits. We have, from the start of DACA, been very active in advocating for Dreamers to get in-state tuition, obtain DACA and seek long-term policy options to push for permanent residency for Dreamers.
Juveniles in Removal Proceedings
We have a lot of experience representing children and young people in removal proceedings, including those who have been classified as gang members and have juvenile convictions. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance in representation.