B was abandoned as an infant by his father. He now lives with his mother and stepfather in the...
- Client Location: Brooklyn
- Type of Relief: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
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Facts: B is a 17-year-old young man from Guatemala who came to the U.S. to reunite with his mother. B's father left him at such a young age that he does not have any memories of him. He lived with his mother, father, and siblings until he was 4 years old, at which time his mother moved to the U.S. to support her family from afar. B was then raised by his grandparents, and maintained a strong connection to his mother, speaking to her on the phone multiple times per week. B's mother alone provided for her son financially, and was eventually able to make enough money to bring him and his brothers to the U.S., where he lives with his siblings, mother and step-father. B dreams of attending college to study mathematics and is grateful that he lives in a safe and stable home.
Legal Assessment: B is in removal proceedings and is eligible for Special immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) , a visa for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent. This status will allow B to remain in the U.S. with his mother, step-father, and brothers. B needs a committed pro bono advocate like you to fight for him before the local family court and the Immigration Court. B has a MCH scheduled for 4/30/20.
B is a Spanish-speaking client
* A master calendar hearing (MCH) is the first appearance that happens in an immigration case. It is at this appearance that the Immigration Judge (IJ) accepts pleadings. For those who are familiar with criminal court, it has been likened procedurally to an arraignment.
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