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National Legal Center for Immigrants

By Sarah Bronstein

On September 6, 2011, the USCIS issued proposed regulations implementing changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) relating to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) (76 FR 54978) (Sept. 6, 2011).  SIJS is an immigration benefit available to children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.   The proposed regulations incorporate several legislative amendments culminating in the significant changes that were made by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act of 2008 (TVPRA 2008). 

By Susan Schreiber

VAWA 2005, signed into law in January 2006, extended self-petitioning eligibility to (a) abused parents of adult U.S. citizens, and (b) abused sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents over age 21 and under 25, who may apply as self-petitioning children if the abuse was a central reason for the delay in filing.   Recent policy memoranda issued by USCIS provides new guidance on eligibility to self-petition in each of these categories

E-learning Course:

Understanding and Preparing Waivers

November 9 –December 14, 2011

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the 5 webinars.  Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

E-learning Course: 

Select Issues in VAWA Self-Petitioning

 

Presented by:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

 

November 3-December 8, 2011

 

E-learning Course: 

Introduction to VAWA Self-Petitioning

November 8-December 13, 2011

 

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the five webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

 

VAWA Self-Petitioners and Inadmissibility 

 October 13, 2011

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

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