Advisory Opinion 2016-002 (Revised) Authorizing Representation of Noncitizen Parents and Guardians Seeking SIJS Predicate Orders for SIJS Eligible Immigrant Children (Mary 12, 2021) [pdf]

Legal Services Corporation Advisory Opinion updated confirming that LSC funding recipients may represent noncitizen parents and, in some instances, noncitizen guardians of noncitizen children subjected to battery, extreme cruelty, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking or other U-visa-listed activities, as long as the legal assistance is directly related to obtaining relief from the abuse for the child. Proceedings in which noncitizen parents or guardians petition for SIJS on behalf of their noncitizen children are proceedings directly related to obtaining relief from the abusive situation for the child.