Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children & Youth

Immigrant children and youth may be eligible for special types of immigration relief available just for children, or they may be eligible for immigration relief in different ways than adults. In addition, separate procedures may and often do apply in the immigration process for children and youth. A new federal law enacted in December 2008, called the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, further introduced important new protections for the treatment of unaccompanied minors in the immigration system. 

This manual, co-authored by IRP Senior Staff Attorney Kristen Jackson and published by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, seeks to provide background and guidance on these protections, procedures, and immigration options. It has a special focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, but also provides information on other immigration options for children and youth including: U Nonimmigrant Status, Violence Against Women Act protection, asylum, family-based immigration options, citizenship, and others. It also addresses specialized issues, such as working and representing child clients, immigration consequences of delinquency, and detention. The manual contains many useful items for practitioners, including sample screening intake forms, sample application forms, motions, court orders, and other papers that can be presented to the juvenile court, immigration court, and immigration authorities.