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Preliminary Injunction Granted in SIJ Lawsuit: J.L. v. Cissna
Posted on 25 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

J.L. v. Cissna, Oct. 24, 2018 - "Plaintiffs are young immigrants who were abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents. They seek classification as Special Immigrant Juveniles (“SIJ”) as a pathway to lawful permanent residency in... Read More

SIJ Victories in Nebraska
Posted on 30 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles "Shane" Ellison writes: "I wanted to pass along two Nebraska Supreme Court victories our office received today related to SIJ: In re Carlos D. In re Luis J. In one, we authored an amicus brief ; and in the other, the Immigrant... Read More

CISOMB Recommends Improvements to SIJ Adjudications
Posted on 14 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 11, 2015 - Ombudsman Recommendations to Ensuring Process Efficiency and Legal Sufficiency in Special Immigrant Juvenile Adjudications Stakeholders report and the Ombudsman has observed that the Special Immigrant Juvenile... Read More

New Deal To Keep Abused Immigrant Kids In US Gets OK'd
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A California federal judge on Friday approved a deal between the federal government and a class of abused immigrant children, in which the immigrants will have a path to U.S. residency under the “special immigrant juvenile” program and... Read More

New Jersey Supreme Court on SIJ: H.S.P. v. J.K.
Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this appeal, we examine the role of our state courts in making the predicate findings necessary for a non-citizen child to apply for “special immigrant juvenile” (SIJ) status under the Immigration Act of 1990, as amended by the William... Read More

CISOMB Teleconference on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, June 16, 2016
Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

E-Mail from CISOMB: "Dear Stakeholder, Please join the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for a teleconference on issues related to the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. The Ombudsman issued recommendations to USCIS... Read More

New York Appellate Court Issues Amazing SIJ Decision: Matter of Marisol N.H., et al.
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bryan Johnson writes : "On February 5, 2014, the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department in New York issued a splendid decision that will have a huge impact on the future of undocumented children in New York. In many situations, in order... Read More

Groundbreaking Unpub. BIA Decision for Juveniles and SIJS in Georgia
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles Kuck writes - "On June 1, 2015, Kuck Immigration Partners, through our amazing associate attorney Anna Erwin , received a groundbreaking (but as of yet unpublished) decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals . The Board reversed the... Read More

Special Immigrant Juvenile Teleconference Recap
Posted on 22 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 21, 2016 - "On June 16, 2016, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman hosted a public teleconference on issues related to the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. Participants who joined the CIS Ombudsman... Read More

SIJ Victory in California: Matter of Leslie H.
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he evidence overwhelmingly supports Leslie’s request for the necessary findings to enable her to file her SIJ application with the appropriate federal authorities. The juvenile court could not reasonably deny her request, and we therefore... Read More

Tags: California , SIJ , leslie

SIJ Lawsuit Filed in Texas: Budhathoki v. Johnson
Posted on 9 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Wolf, Law360, Mar. 9, 2016 - "The heads of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were hit with a putative class action Tuesday by a group of young immigrants who say they were denied Special Immigrant... Read More

Tags: SIJ , lawsuit , Texas

SIJ Visa Offers Path for Some Immigrant Youth
Posted on 25 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Maria Boudet has no memory of Mexico or how she came to the United States. What she does remember is the year she turned 16 and found out she was living in the country illegally. Two years ago, her mother was deported, her brother was detained and... Read More

Cal. Gov. Brown Signs Bills Helping Refugees, Special Immigrant Juveniles
Posted on 30 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Governor Jerry Brown says he has signed into law a bill to help fund lawyers for unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings. The legislation signed Saturday appropriates $3 million to qualified nonprofit organizations to help represent unaccompanied... Read More

How Refugee Kids Are Turning to State Courts for Protection
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Walding and other pro bono attorneys in Texas have found a more hospitable venue that considers children to be, well, children: family court. It’s a venue that puts the welfare of the child front and center more than any other in the U.S.... Read More

Settlement Agreement in Perez-Olano, et al. v. Holder, et al
Posted on 18 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Special Immigrant Juvenile Motions to Reopen before USCIS: "Certain persons who applied for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification on or after May 13, 2005 and whose petitions were denied or revoked may be eligible to file a motion to... Read More