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What is the Child Status Protection Act?

New Jersey Child Status Protection Act Lawyers

The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was enacted to protect immigrant families from waiting times, so they can stay together with their children. Before the CSPA was created, if the immigrant child turned 21 years old, that child was no longer allowed to adjust status or immigrate with their parents. What the CSPA does is it “freezes the age” of the immigrant children either when a petitioning permanent resident parent naturalizes or when an American parent fills out and files the petition on their child’s behalf. The CSPA can also be enacted when a married foreign child who is petitioned by a US citizen parent, becomes widowed or even divorced. The CSPA also comes with a mathematical formula, which subtracts the amount of time the visa petition is pending from the current age of the child. If you child still happens to age-out, regardless of the mathematical formula or not, the CSPA also provides relief with the automatic conversion clause. The Child Status Protection Act also provides an opt-out measure, if the child so desires.

The CSPA is not only applicable for immigrant children after the law went into effect, but people who had submitted and filed for green cards before August 6, 2002 can also be protected under the CSPA. If you or your loved ones are looking to keep your family together and are afraid that your children may “age-out” with the long pending wait times, contact the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., as soon as possible. Our seasoned, tough Hudson County CSPA attorneys are prepared and ready to fight to keep you together within the United States. Use our free initial consultation by calling our 24/7 hotline at 732-383-6242.