NIJC Pro Bono Project: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an important form of protection for immigrant youth who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent. NIJC has extensive resources and trainings on SIJS for families and advocates.
The first step in seeking SIJS is to obtain a “predicate order” from a qualifying state court. The resources below are intended to be used by pro bono advocates in connection with NIJC’s training and technical support programs.
Samples for SIJS Predicate Order Cases in Illinois
SIJS predicate orders can be requested in several types of proceedings in Illinois. The most common are allocation of parental responsibilities or “APR” (formerly known as custody), which is filed by a parent and can be part of a divorce proceeding or a stand-alone case; and guardianship, which is typically filed by a non-parent. Please review NIJC’s recorded trainings and SIJS Predicate Order Manual for more details on how to use the samples below.