This Guide to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Probate Judges is a response to the American Bar Association Resolution 113 issued in 2015, which states, in part, that: “State court judges and staff should receive training to learn to effectively and timely hear and adjudicate petitions or motions on behalf of immigrant children, including for the purposes of making predicate findings that are required for a child to obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.”[1]

A PDF version of the Guide is available for download here: PDF iconIowa Probate Court Guide to SIJS.pdf

The Iowa Probate Court Guide to SIJS discusses special immigrant juvenile needs in Iowa, reviews the 4-step process for adjudicating guardianships for immigrant youth, and provides a series of resources that may be useful to Iowa state court judges who have a petitioner seeking the findings of fact required to apply for SIJS. These resources include model SIJS state court orders, summaries of SIJS case law, SIJS federal statutes and regulations, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services ("USCIS") authoritative releases on SIJS, and introductory materials on immigration law generally. 

[1] Resolution 113, A.B.A. (2015), available at