SIJ Deferred Action Memorandum and FAQ


USCIS implemented a new Deferred Action/EAD policy for Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJs) subject to the backlog (SIJs not immediately eligible to adjust to lawful permanent resident status).

While we don't know everything about this policy yet, we are gratified that USCIS is finally creating a four-year avenue for backlogged SIJs to obtain employment authorization.

We believe that this new deferred action/employment authorization policy would not have been enacted if not for the incredible efforts of so many Massachusetts attorneys and organizations who took action through advocacy and support of our recent lawsuit, LFOP v. Mayorkas.

See the attached Memo and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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