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Eduardo's Story

Eduardo came to the U.S. not long ago, to find a better life. He is separated from his parents, who could not send him to school or keep him safe from violence in his home country. He goes to high school and is learning English. Every night he works washing dishes, then gets a few hours of sleep before it's back to school.

Eduardo may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

Eduardo may qualify for SIJS because he is young and alone. SIJS protects immigrants who are unmarried and under 21 who are unsafe with their parents and would be unsafe if they returned to their home country. If Eduardo qualifies for SIJS, he can stay here and apply to get a green card.

Eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

You may qualify for SIJS if:

  • You are under 21 and not married;
  • You have a parent or parents who have hurt you or can't take care of you; and
  • A state court decides you should not be with your parents or return to your home country.
im_eduardo_smlgreypng Eduardo

  My family is scattered. I'm on my own, living with other guys from my country. We go to school during the day and we work at night. I don't get much sleep, but I dream of a better future. 

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