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New Information Card on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors and the State Courts

The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently released an information card that focuses on federal Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which provides unaccompanied immigrant children, defined as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) in federal immigration law, with a temporary right to remain in the U.S. and apply for permanent resident status. In cases where the UAC wants to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for SIJS, the juvenile must supply USCIS with a state juvenile court order with certain findings. This information card also provides details on the types of findings required, and the types of cases where these juveniles will most likely end up in state courts.