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Annandale Special Immigrant Juvenile Attorneys
Helping Minor Children Access Green Cards in and around Washington, D.C.
When an undocumented minor is abused, abandoned, or neglected by their parent or parents, they may be able to obtain a green card and remain in the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Applicants must request “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” before they grow too old.
Our Annandale Special Immigrant Juvenile lawyers can efficiently assist undocumented minors in these challenging and delicate situations. Our team at Johnson & Masumi has decades of collective experience and knows how to approach these often-complex cases. We will work closely with all applicable parties to prepare all necessary paperwork and manage communications with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
For a minor to be considered eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a juvenile court or family court must formally determine that the minor was abandoned, abused, or neglected by at least one of their parents. The court must also decide that the minor should not be reunited with their parents and, therefore, it is not in the best interest of the minor to return to their home country.
As a result of these determinations, the court must then make the minor a court dependent or place them in the custody of a non-parental party. Non-parental parties include state agencies, court-approved guardians, and other family members.
If you believe you meet these qualifications, you must seek Special Immigrant Juvenile Status before you are no longer considered minor. USCIS sets the maximum age at 21, but some states will only grant the needed orders when a minor is below the age of 18. You must also be unmarried and currently reside in the United States.
Our Annandale Special Immigrant Juvenile attorney can carefully assess your circumstances and advise whether you are likely to qualify for this status. We can also represent you in family or juvenile court and seek the appropriate orders that will work to protect your future in the United States.
Mariam is a caring lawyer, she was able to handle my case with professionalism despite the short deadline to reply back to USCIS. She is really confident about her job and will take extra steps to make sure things go as planned.- S.S.
I am now a free man and will get my Green Card back soon. None of this would have been possible without Mariam and her firm. Words can't describe how grateful I am to her and if you're reading this look no further!- Aimal M.
The diligence of Mariam, making sure we had everything that could possibly be needed even when sometimes I felt it was too much. The team definitely kept me having hope but always kept things realistic and gave me realistic expectations.- Oshoke E.
Mariam Masumi helped my wife get her case approved and I am thankful for her hard work. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.- Ali R.
After working with them for less than 6 months, I received approvals for my employment authorization, waiver of inadmissibility, and finally my permanent resident card.- Marie A.
Benefits of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
It is often easier to obtain a green card through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status than through other means. As a Special Immigrant Juvenile, you will not have to establish that you have sufficient financial support in the United States, and you may be able to have your application fees waived. Some immigrants are ruled inadmissible to the U.S. due to their entering the country without valid status, but your undocumented status is overlooked when you are classified as a Special Immigrant Juvenile.
A green card confers lawful permanent residency, which means you will be able to live and work practically anywhere in the United States. Your visa will be valid for ten years and can in most situations be efficiently renewed. After maintaining several years of continuous and physical presence as well as several other requirements, you may also be eligible to initiate the naturalization process and become a U.S. citizen.
There is one important caveat to consider when deciding whether to request Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Special Immigrant Juveniles cannot ever seek immigration benefits for their parents, no matter the circumstances. For example, if you are abandoned by your parents in the United States but later reconnect years later, you will not be able to sponsor them for green cards through family immigration.
Our team at Johnson & Masumi is compassionate to the difficulties young victims of neglect, abuse, and abandonment routinely face. Our Annandale Special Immigrant Juvenile lawyers are committed to helping minors secure their futures and access the benefits they need to continue building their lives in this country. We sincerely care about your case and will do everything we can to deliver the favorable outcome you deserve.
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