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An overview for pro bono attorneys of NIJC's Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) project.
SIJS is a form of protection available to immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent. Participants will learn how to file these cases in different types of courts.
This training provides an overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). NIJC and CVLS provide guidance for obtaining a predicate order in Illinois state courts.
This document reflects the shared commitment NIJC and pro bono attorneys agree to when embarking on a collaboration for a new case.
This is a sample of an "Order Appointing Guardian of a Minor."
This is an appeal of an NIJC case arising out of DuPage County that clarifies the obligation of Illinois judges when considering SIJS cases.
This is a sample of a civil legal service provider (CLSP) fee waiver.
This training was created by experts at NIJC and the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) to assist attorneys in preparing predicate orders for SIJS clients.
This document provides an overview of juvenile courts in the United States.
This document provides a checklist of the steps needed to "Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities."
This is a sample of a "Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor."
This is a sample of a "Memorandum of Law in Support of Petition for Guardianship and Request for Special Findings" (Post-18).
This document details changes in Illinois law related to SIJS under Public Act 102-0259.
This document contains Exhibits A-K for NIJC's SIJS predicate order manual.
This document provides clients an overview of NIJC's SIJS program in English.
This link leads to a USCIS policy manual on adjustment of status for SIJS recipients.
This is a sample of a "Petition of Final Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Judgement."
This is a sample of a "Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor and Motion for Special Findings" (Post-18).
This decision predates the 2019 and 2021 changes in Illinois law regarding SIJS but includes extensive analysis of the federal statute that may be useful.
This page supports pro bono attorneys in preparing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in Illinois.