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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

USCIS to Centralize Processing of Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases


Starting on November 1, 2016, USCIS will centralize the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) program. This means SIJ-based Form I-360 petitions and Form I-485 applications will primarily be adjudicated at one location, the National Benefits Center (NBC). USCIS will retain discretion to require in-person interviews at local field offices to complete adjudications as needed.

SIJ based petitions and applications filed before November 1, 2016 will continue to be adjudicated by the field office that has jurisdiction.

The current filing procedures will remain unchanged. Petitioners should continue to follow the filing instructions provided for Forms I-360 and I-485.

For inquiries related to SIJ based petitions and applications pending at the NBC, applicants and G-28 representatives may contact the NBC at NBCSIJ@USCIS.DHS.GOV.