College of Law > Academics > Experiential Learning > Legal Clinics > Asylum & Refugee > CONFIA > Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Program Resources for Juvenile Courts and Child Welfare Professionals
By John Conroy /
September 24, 2014 /
Posted in: CONFIA Immigration Updates, Experiential Learning /
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Some foreign-born children present in the United States may qualify for humanitarian immigration protection because they have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent. Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status is a classification that may allow a vulnerable child to immediately apply for status as a lawful permanent resident.
SIJ classification is unique in that specific state court findings are required in order for USCIS to determine eligibility. The juvenile court makes factual findings (based on state law) concerning the care, custody and best interests of the child.
The following information and resources about SIJ status are available at www.uscis.gov: