March 14, 2017
South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), 7 Bishop Street, Framingham, MA 01702

MWLS continues to receive many intakes for many vulnerable immigrants who may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status ("SIJS").  SIJS is available to immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected by one or both parents, and who meet other criteria.  The overwhelming majority of MWLS intakes are for children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.  Many of these children entered the United States without a parent or legal guardian, and may now be in removal proceedings before an Immigration Court.

Immigrants who are granted SIJS may pursue legal permanent resident status in the United States.  The SIJS process requires that immigrant children first obtain a "special order" in the Probate and Family Court, or the Juvenile Court.  Once the Court enters this prerequisite "special order," the child may apply for SIJS before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.  

MWLS welcomes attorneys with at least 3 years of family law experience to attend a training on the Probate and Family Court component of the SIJS process.  

Please note, space is limited! Register now!