December is a time to celebrate - the holidays, time with family, and maybe even a few too many gingerbread cookies. Here at Dyer Immigration we are celebrating the success of our attorney Tamar Lawrence. She recently obtained three court orders to help our clients eventually obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status - all on the same day. Tough cookie indeed!
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a unique form of immigration relief that can provide a pathway to a green card to qualifying minors in the US who do not have legal status. To obtain SIJS, a juvenile court judge must first grant custody of a minor to a caretaker, and make a finding that because the child suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by at least one parent it would not be viable for the child to be reunified with that parent. The judge must also find that it would not be in the best interests of the child to be returned to the child's country of origin. A recent Virginia Court of Appeals case has made SIJS cases more challenging in Virginia. But that hasn't stopped Tamar from continuing to notch victories for local youth and their caretakers.
Tamar now works full time in the Dyer Immigration office in Fredericksburg. However, our attorneys at the Richmond office also take on SIJS cases. You may schedule an appointment at either office to see if your loved one may be a strong candidate for this form of immigration relief.
From everyone at Dyer Immigration, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, a safe and happy New Year, and lots of tasty gingerbread cookies.