Seminar: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training – Predicate Orders & Application

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Seminar: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Training – Predicate Orders & Application

Join CVLS Staff Members Rebekah Rashidfarokhi and Massiel Tarango to learn about how to help undocumented children and young adults obtain a path to citizenship in the United States.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases involve two steps:

1.      CVLS represents a Petitioner (usually a parent or family member) in an uncontested, state court guardianship or custody proceeding to obtain a “predicate order.” The state court enters guardianship or custody, finds the child was abused, neglected, and/or abandoned, and finds that it is not in his or her best interest to return to home country. This process involves document preparation, communication with the client, and 1-2 uncontested court appearances via Zoom.

2.      CVLS files a Petition for SIJS status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This step involves document preparation, communication with the client, and timely mailing of an application. No court appearance is involved.

SIJS 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, either at age 18 or 21. CVLS provides support and supervision at all stages of the case. Volunteers may choose to do step 1, step 2, or both. Spanish speakers are especially needed.

This seminar will be held remotely via Zoom, with CLE provided. Attendees will receive login instructions upon registration.

April 25 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

1.0 Hour CLE (estimated)

Presented by:

  • Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi Director, Guardianship and Immigration Programs for Children
  • Massiel Tarango, Immigration Staff Attorney

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Seminar – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – How to Obtain a Predicate Order in State Court

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