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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), is an immigration benefit for youth that is unique in the fact that it requires both special findings from a state juvenile court and the primary federal immigration benefit agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Given the benefit’s crux at the intersection of state and federal law, it is one that can be difficult to obtain, both for immigrant youth and for the legal advocates that assist them. Here at Washoe Legal Services, we work across multiple units, striving to help those qualified youth obtain this challenging benefit. Be sure to read this article to understand some of the challenges and complexities in obtaining SIJS, including a quote from our own WLS Immigration Specialist, Noah Montague.

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