New CILA SIJS AOS Resource

2021 has been a busy year for adjusting status (AOS) based on special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS). After years of waiting for priority dates to become current, the Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin’s EB-4 category (which contains the visas for adjustment based on SIJS) began progressing rather quickly. Practitioners began to get their filings ready for SIJS AOS, discovering along the way that the several years SIJS beneficiaries had to wait between their petition approval and their current priority date created several challenges.

In response to the growing number of technical assistance requests CILA received that centered around SIJS AOS, CILA presented the webinar “Overcoming Analysis Paralysis: Practical Considerations for Adjusting Status Based on SIJS” on January 27, 2021. CILA then followed up this webinar with another related one, “Common Crime Based Inadmissibility Grounds for SIJS in Texas.” Although each webinar was 1.5 hours, it felt that we barely scratched the surface of the issues practitioners were facing.

As a result, CILA began working on a written resource, inspired by many of the questions from the “Analysis Paralysis” webinar. After many months of research (and revisions due to policy changes from the new administration) CILA is pleased to announce our newest written resource, “Frequently Asked Questions – Overcoming Analysis Paralysis: Practical Considerations for Adjusting Status Based on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

This resource is intended to answer many of your basic, and not so basic, questions about AOS based on SIJS. Written in a question-and-answer format, the resource is divided into sections and has a handy table of contents so you can click to the section that is pertinent to your issue or question.

From analyzing the options for adjudication to considering the many questions posed on the Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, CILA hopes that the SIJS AOS Q&A will be a helpful and quick reference tool for practitioners working with special immigrant juveniles. Of course, we know that we could not possibly anticipate every scenario or question that may arise in the SIJS AOS context, so if you have an issue that is not addresses in CILA’s SIJS AOS Q&A and you are in Texas, please submit a technical assistance request on our website or email us at cila@abacila.org.

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