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Unaccompanied Minors/Special Immigration Juveniles

Representing Minor’s Immigration Interests

In the United States of America any individual under the age of 18 without a legal guardian, responsible adult, or legal status in the country is considered an “unaccompanied minor”. In addition, a minor is considered a “Special Immigration Juvenile” if their status resides within a court, state, or agency due to abuse, negligence, or abandonment. In either case if the right conditions are met then the child in question could be eligible for a green card and/or a legal residency status.

If you are a minor, are in charge of a minor, or know of a minor that fits these categories it is important to seek out legal assistance immediately. At the Kapoor Law Firm, our attorney handles each case with compassion and will create a unique legal strategy while guiding you through the entire immigration process.

Unaccompanied Minors

If a minor arrives in the United States without any responsible adult, or a legal guardian, they are given an “unaccompanied minor” status by the Department of Immigration. However, regardless of their legal status in this country, each child has rights upon identification, but unfortunately these are rights that need to be protected. Typically if a child’s family can be identified they will sent back to their country of origin and be returned to their family.

Immigration Minor Rights Include:

  • Family Reunification
  • Guardianship
  • Accommodation
  • Education

Special Immigrant Juveniles

If a child with an immigration status is abused, neglected, or abandoned in the United States they could be granted “Special Immigrant Juvenile” (SIJ) status. This becomes a method through which children from foreign countries who have been brought to the U.S. in terrible circumstances can get lawful permanent residency. To qualify for this special designation the individual in question must be: under 21 at the time the SIJ is filed, be physically located in the U.S., be unmarried, be identified by the courts as a victim of abuse, returning to their country of origin is not in their best interest, and be cleared by the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Refugee Resettlement.

If you are in need of immigration services involving a minor contact our New York attorney today.

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