Trust Our Los Angeles Family Immigration Attorneys
One of the most common recent occurrences in the immigration system is children who arrive with or without their families in the U.S. without going through the proper legal avenues. Without proper documentation, the children are at risk for being sent back to their home country. However, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) often considers that this would seem cruel to keep juveniles apart from their family or from seeking safety. As such, a program was put in place to allow foreign children in certain circumstances to obtain legal status.
At the Law Offices of Elsa Martinez, PLC, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys help juveniles obtain legal status or achieve permanent residency through this special program. The steps can be complex and confusing and require the assistance of a legal professional to navigate.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
The SIJS program allows qualifying juveniles to petition for an SIJS visa and secure legal status. In most cases, these children have been neglected, abused, or abandoned in some way. In many cases, one or both of the parent have abandoned them and they have nowhere to go, or returning to their home country would put them back in danger. We work as legal advocates on behalf of these juveniles to secure the help of our government through SIJS.
- The applicant must meet the following qualifications for SIJS:
- Currently be present in the U.S.
- Currently be unmarried.
- Currently be under the age of 21 when filing.
Retain Counsel from an Immigration Lawyer in Los Angeles
With many years of experience in the field of immigration law and a former prosecutor on our team, we are committed to helping in any way we can. We are passionate about representing vulnerable juveniles in need of assistance. Although the immigration system is confusing, you can rely on us to use our knowledge and skill to pursue a positive outcome.
Would you like to set up a consultation with a Los Angeles juvenile immigration attorney? Call us at (213) 489-5202.