Strategies for Obtaining SIJS Factual Findings in Virginia

August 11, 2021

Strategies For Obtaining SIJS Factual Findings in Virginia

After the 2021 Amendment to Code of Virginia § 16.1-241

This practice update explains the recent amendment to Va. Code § 16.1-241 which extended the Virginia juvenile courts’ jurisdiction for young people seeking factual findings that satisfy eligibility requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). It provides some practice strategies to help advocates obtain SIJS factual findings (sometimes referred to as “predicate orders”) under § 16.1-241(A1) of the Code of Virginia, which went into effect on July 1, 2021.


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