Credit: 1.25 hourPresentation Date: October 14, 2022Handouts:PresentationDescriptionJoin Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Director of Guardianship and Immigration Programs for Children, to learn about how to obtain a predicate order in state court to provide an undocumented child with a path to citizenship in the United States. Volunteers represent a petitioner in an uncontested guardianship or custody case in Cook and collar counties.Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created by Congress to enable undocumented immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to acquire lawful permanent residence in the United States when returning to their home country would not be in their best interests. SIJS cases are a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who are interested in ensuring safety for immigrant children. SIJS is a three-step process:Obtain a predicate order in state court. A state “juvenile court” finds the child was abused, neglected, and/or abandoned and it is not in her best interest to return to her home country;Petition for SIJS status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). With the state court finding, the child applies for SIJS before USCIS;Apply for permanent residency. Once granted SIJS status the child can petition for legal permanent residency. For SIJS, a “juvenile court” is broadly defined as any court located in the United States with jurisdiction to make judicial determinations about the custody and care of juveniles. This can include child custody, guardianship, among others. Obtaining a predicate order does not guarantee that a child’s petition for SIJS will be granted. SIJS only confers status to the child and does not extend benefits to any family members. Special Immigrant Juvenile StatusThis volunteer opportunity is for Step #1! CVLS seeks pro bono attorneys to represent clients in state court to obtain the predicate order. Normally CVLS, the NIJC, or another partner agency will handle steps 2 and 3 unless a volunteer requests the opportunity to handle those matters as well.Pro bono attorneys are expected to:Work with clients in vulnerable situationsRepresent clients in state courtProvide interpretation services, as necessaryIn Illinois, pro bono attorneys also have the option to join a statewide network of practitioners working on these unique cases.CVLS & the NIJC Provide:Trainings conducted by topic expertsPolicy and practice updates regarding any changes within the immigration system that may impact clientsDetailed practice manuals, practice advisories, and samplesTechnical support through the life of the caseSIJS predicate order cases may be completed in as little as three to six months. This process must be complete before the child ages out of the juvenile court jurisdiction.This seminar will be held remotely via Zoom. Attendees will receive login instructions upon registration.QuestionsIf you have any questions about the content of this seminar, you may contact Jessica Engle at firstname.lastname@example.org. MCLE Credit Request Form HiddenSeminar TitleName* First Last EmployerPhone*Email* ARDC Number*Certification of Completion* I have watched this webcast in its entirety and I am eligible for CLE credit.