USCIS Adds Hurdle To Getting Special Immigrant Status

Law360 (October 15, 2019, 10:29 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued new guidance Tuesday that could make it harder for kids and teenagers to qualify for immigration protections reserved for those who have been abused or neglected by their parents.

With a trio of administrative decisions, adopted as guidance earlier this month, USCIS raised the bar for young immigrants applying for what's known as special immigrant juvenile status, which gives a path to a green card for unmarried foreign citizens under 21 who have been abused or neglected.

Under the guidance, the state family court judge who places a young immigrant in the custody of friends...

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