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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

General Information 

SIJS Brochure: Information for Juvenile Court Judges, Child Welfare Workers, and Others Working with Abused Children, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, May 29, 2014

SIJS Flier: Information for Juvenile Courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, May 29, 2014 

Neufeld Memorandum on SIJS Provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, March 24, 2009 

Materials from Webinar Highlighting Changes in Implementing TVPRA, Immigrant Legal Resource Council, March 2, 2009

SIJS as Defined by General Provisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act

House of Representatives Conference Report on SIJS, November 13, 1997 

  • Report from the Appropriations Committee: sec. 113 discusses amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act which addresses problems encountered with the implementation of the SIJ provision.
  • Requires the Attorney General to determine that neither the dependency order nor the administrative or judicial determination of the alien's best interest was sought to obtain legal status but rather to obtain relief from abuse or neglect.
  • Removes jurisdiction from state juvenile courts to consider the custody status or placement of such aliens unless the Attorney General specifically grants consent to such jurisdiction.
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