Special immigrant juvenile status, refining state and federal practice
Special Immigrant Juveniles and TVPRA. USCIS invites national stakeholders to a collaboration session on 11/10/09 to discuss issues related to special immigrant juveniles and the implementation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. Under changes made by the special immigrant juveniles and TVPRA, the SIJS statute allows for SIJS eligibility based on findings under state law “similar” to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. For example, some states use different legal terms, other than abuse and neglect, to describe the basis for refusing to reunify a child with their parents. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a way for immigrant youth (under 21 years old) to get legal status in the United States. You may qualify for SIJS if you’re: Under 21 years old. Not married. Already in the U.S. and undocumented.