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New Guidance On SIJ Applications

Special immigrant juveniles now have the option to submit Form I-360 at a USCIS field office in person if they are within two weeks of their 21st birthday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new guidance regarding in-person filing for certain petitioners seeking special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) classification. The policy, which came into effect on March 30, 2023, is now being updated in the USCIS Policy Manual for clarity and consistency. Specifically, if an SIJ petitioner has less than two weeks before their 21st birthday, they now have the option to file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widower, or Special Immigrant, in person at a USCIS field office rather than by mail. This change aims to address challenges faced by many petitioners in meeting the filing deadline due to delays in juvenile court proceedings or other circumstances.

USCIS is updating the Policy Manual, which came into effect on March 30, 2023, for clarity and consistency. It emphasizes the importance of timely filing for SIJ classification, which the petitioner must do before their 21st birthday. For those within the two-week window before turning 21, the option of in-person filing provides an additional avenue to ensure timely submission of their petition.

What Is Form I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant?

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, is a form the USCIS uses for several immigration purposes. Here’s an overview of how SIJ petitioners can use this form:

  •  Special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) children who need protection through state juvenile courts because they have been abused, abandoned or neglected can apply for a green card in the Special Immigrant category. Also, child abuse can include any form of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Even threatening harm is abusive behavior. Therefore, the SIJS visa allows an abused child to seek permanent residency.

Contact An Experienced Immigration Attorney to Assist With Your Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Application

The immigration and naturalization attorneys at Godoy Law Office Immigration Lawyers have extensive experience helping clients file for green cards. Form I-360 and SIJ are among the most complex USCIS forms, and they involve extremely personal information. We are here to ensure that your petition is thorough and includes all necessary evidence. We will also guide you through every step of the immigration journey.

Contact us today at 630-345-4164 or fill out our online contact form today! We look forward to working with you on Form I-360 approval.

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