Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a protective status granted to immigrant children that are survivors of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by one of their parents. When granted, the child may qualify for lawful permanent residency, also known as a Green Card, which allows them to remain legally in the United States. In addition, children who qualify for SIJS can become residents through adjustment of status; they do not have to leave the USA to get their residency. In this video, immigration attorney Jennifer Walker Gates details the steps and what is needed to qualify for SIJS.

 

 


Many of the unaccompanied children crossing the border are eligible for the Special Juvenile Immigrant Status (SIJS) program. If you know a child that crossed the border unaccompanied and wants to help them, the SIJS program can allow a child to stay in the country and eventually obtain legal permanent residency without having to go back to their country of origin. But in Texas, the child must apply before they turn 18, so contact us as soon as possible.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced that the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border dropped by 12%. However, there are still many unaccompanied children crossing the border and Secretary Mayorkas is committed to ensuring these children are quickly processed and kept in a safe, child-friendly environment.

If you desire to become a sponsor for an unaccompanied immigrant minor but are afraid your own immigration status won’t allow it. Jennifer explains that not having legal permanent residency in the United States is not an impediment. The goal is to move all the children into safe environments as quickly as possible. If you know a child in this situation and you wish to assist them, feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation.

 

Mental Health for the Immigrant Community

If you or a loved one are suffering from anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, repetitive negative thoughts, compulsive behaviors such as overdrinking, overeating, or other symptoms of stress or trauma, you are not alone. This year has been unusually stressful for many of us, but mental health resources are available. In this interview, licensed professional counselor Ana Irizarry shares her wisdom with us about how our mental health is key to living happy, healthy lives

The American Families United Act

Although the Trump Administration’s 2017 family separation policy got a lot of attention, the truth is that our harsh U.S. immigration system has been separating families since at least 1996. The American Families United Act aims to change that. We are thrilled to share details with you about how to support this proposal, which could help millions of immigrants and their U.S. citizen loved ones.

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