New York Firm Handles Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Claims
Thorough attorneys aid undocumented victims of parental abuse
Immigrant youths who have been abused by their parents might be entitled to remain in the United States if they qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Under this program, a person under 21 years of age could receive a green card if they’ve been victimized by parental abuse, abandonment or neglect. The experienced New York City lawyers at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP provide comprehensive support for young people who are in the country but don’t have lawful status. We are committed to giving clients the best chance to live safely and where they choose.
Knowledgeable advisers outline the requirements for SIJS applications
With offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester County, our established immigration lawyers take assertive action to protect undocumented youths. If you, or someone you know, might need assistance, we’ll provide strong legal guidance about SIJS so that you understand:
- Eligibility — Unmarried individuals under the age of 21 can seek the protection afforded by SIJS and potentially remain in the United States if living with their parents presents a danger. Our firm can go over the eligibility requirements and prepare Form I-360 if you qualify.
- Dependency — It’s important to remember that SIJS is limited to situations where a U.S. juvenile court with appropriate jurisdiction has made a finding of dependency. Applications cannot be based on mere assertions or ruling from foreign authorities. We can seek relief if a juvenile court has held that the subject of the proceeding is eligible for long-term foster care and that it would not be in the undocumented youth’s best interests to be returned to his or her parents.
- Adjustment in status — Should the required conditions be met, our firm advocates for clients pursuing an adjustment in their status by applying for lawful permanent residency under Form I-485. During this period, the subject of the proceeding is able to work legally in the United States if they are old enough. As long as the applicant files for SIJS protection before turning 21, he or she can obtain a green card even if they are older by the time the matter is resolved.
Immigration laws should not prevent a young person from living in a safe, supportive environment. Our firm has decades of experience and works tirelessly to secure relief for abused and neglected clients.
Contact a proven New York lawyer for advice on Special Immigration Juvenile Status
Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP represents clients in Special Immigration Juvenile Status proceedings, adjustment of status cases and other matters relating to undocumented individuals. Please call 212-203-4795 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Peekskill.