Special Immigrant Juveniles

Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Status

The purpose of the SIJ program is to help foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.

  • Certain children who are unable to be reunited with a parent can get a green card as a SIJ
  • Children who get a green card through the SIJ program can live and work permanently in the United States

Important:

If you:
Get your green card through the SIJ program

Then you:

  • Can never petition for a green card for your parents.
  • Cannot petition for a green card for your brothers and sisters until you become a U.S. citizen.

State juvenile courts and child welfare agencies may contact USCIS to ask general questions or request outreach on the SIJ program by submitting a request to: USCIS-IGAOutreach@uscis.dhs.gov.

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