Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status provides certain minors who have been subject to state juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under state law the ability to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines if a juvenile meets the requirements for SIJ classification by adjudicating a Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. The minor or minor’s legal guardian must file the petition while the court order is still in effect. Generally, this means that the child must file the petition before turning 18 years old (21 years old in Maryland and New York).
Our firm has successfully represented hundreds of minors in state court proceedings and subsequent petitions with USCIS. We have zealously advocated for minor’s throughout the state of Maryland, such as, in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Howard County, Frederick County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and in the District of Columbia.