Miami Immigrant Juvenile Lawyer
- Dependency Petitions Attorney Liza R. Galindo represents minors in dependency proceedings in Dade, Broward, Monroe and West Palm Beach counties. Going through dependency proceedings is a preliminary step in minors obtaining special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) visa. In order for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant minors a SIJ visa, it requires that the minor:
1) be declared dependent upon a juvenile court in the United States, or who such a court has legally committed to or placed under the custody of an agency or department of a State, or an individual or entity appointed by a State or juvenile court;
2) be the subject of a determination by a juvenile court in the United States that reunification with one or both of the juvenile’s parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under State law; and
3) be the subject of administrative or judicial proceedings that determined that it would not be in the juvenile’s best interest to be returned to the juvenile’s or his or her parent’s country of nationality or last habitual residence. Once these orders are obtained in dependency proceedings, then the minor is able to simultaneously apply for the SIJ visa and lawful permanent residence.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Visas