R was abandoned by his father as a young child. Help him apply for a special visa that will allow him to stay with his mother in the U.S. and finish his education.
- Client Location: Middletown
- Type of Relief: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
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Facts: R is a 19 year old native of Mexico who entered the U.S. with his mother when he was a toddler. R's father, who had abused his mother in the past, followed R and his mother to the U.S., but the relationship ended R’s mother raised R alone. R’s father did not participate in R's life or provide for him financially. When R was about 12, his dad was deported, and he has had no meaningful contact with him since that time. R has temporary status which remains tenuous under ongoing litigation regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. R was granted DACA at the age of 15 and has consistently renewed it. R is working to complete his GED and hopes to attend a local community college.
Legal assessment: R is eligible to remain in the U.S. and needs a committed pro bono volunteer advocate to help him apply for a special visa for abused, abandoned or neglected youth with the family court and immigration authorities. He will eventually be able to seek lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- Case Placement
- Family court
- Client/witness interviewing
- Client advice and counseling