Youths and Work Permits

Youths who apply for the, “special immigrant juvenile” are eligible to apply for work permits. According to Safe Passage Project, “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration classification available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS is a way for immigrants under twenty-one to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States”. Getting SIJ is very beneficial because this status waives several inadmissibility’s, for instance, unlawful entry, status as a public charge, immigration violations and working without a work permit.

SIJ holders are able to adjust their status and ultimately apply for their citizenship. Only certain children are eligible to apply and those include, kids who have been abused under the age of twenty-one, neglected, or abandoned by his/her parent(s). The process could be very extensive and have specific requirements in order for the child to meet certain criteria SIJ requires. At the end, SIJ is a very good program and it has helped many gain protection and a legal status in the United States.


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