Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
CLE: 2 General (pending)
Time: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
TERRY R. HARRIS JUDICIAL COMPLEX
270 SOUTH TEJON STREET
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903
Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) cases lie at the intersection of family law (primarily the jurisdiction of state courts) and immigration law (primarily a federal matter). Created by Congress as a means to assist immigrant children present in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected by their parents, an SIJS first requires that a state court with jurisdiction over the care and custody of juveniles make specific factual findings related to the best interest of the child and the viability of reunification with one or both parents based on the state law definitions of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Guardianship, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR), and adoption cases are the most common, but not the only, legal proceedings through which a Colorado court can make such findings. The state court order with these required factual findings is then filed with the federal immigration agency USCIS to support the child petition for classification as a Special Immigrant Juvenile. A child who obtains SIJ can, in most cases, eventually become a Lawful Permanent Resident ("green card" holder) and U.S. citizen. This CLE presents an opportunity for practitioners in family law and immigration law alike to broaden their practices, and to assist abused immigrant children, some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Speaker: Magistrate Vincent Rahaman, Eric Pavri, Kathleen Glynn, and Alex McShiras
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