Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is available to undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both of their parents. If a state court decides that a child’s parent(s) neglected, abandoned or abused the them, the child may apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and get a green card.



Eligibility Status for SIJS
By: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
An overview of the SIJS eligibility requirements. 

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Overview
By: Immigrant Legal Resource Center
An introduction and overview of SIJS, including the benefits, risks, and the application process.

SIJS Introduction and Overview
A chapter on SIJS from a manual for pro bono attorneys who are representing unaccompanied children.


For additional resources on SIJS, join the Immigration Advocates Network's Pro Bono Resource Center (membership is free, but requires registration and approval).

*The resources above are provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute legal advice.

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