This handbook on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created on behalf of the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. It aims to provide an overview of the SIJS application process in Iowa. Practitioners should use this handbook in conjunction with the other SIJS resources available on this website, particularly the SIJS Clearinghouse.

A PDF version of the attorney handbook is available for download here: PDF iconIowa Attorney Handbook.pdf

The handbook guides attorneys through the 4-step process to obtaining SIJS and provides useful tips for practitioners in Iowa probate and juvenile courts. It also includes a model SIJS case with the pertinent forms for the Iowa probate court, offers summaries of relevant SIJS cases, and lists Iowa civil surgeons.