USCIS has promptly updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual for the adjudication of Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions.

This update, effective immediately, aims to enhance the efficiency of the SIJ adjudication process for specific applicants. The revision aligns with the July 31, 2023, declaratory order in Casa Libre/Freedom House v. Mayorkas. Notably, the 180-day time frame for USCIS to adjudicate an SIJ petition is applicable solely to the initial adjudication, excluding any subsequent motions or appeals filed after a petition denial. SIJ provides immigration classification for noncitizens in the U.S. requiring juvenile court protection due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent. Applicants can seek SIJ classification through Form I-360, with potential eligibility for lawful permanent resident status (Green Card).

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