“Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Status”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

Some children who are here in the U.S. without legal immigration status may need humanitarian protection because they have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent. SIJ status is an immigration classification that may allow these vulnerable children to apply immediately for lawful permanent resident status, commonly known as having a Green Card.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services