CSPA – The Child Status Protection Act

The Child Status Protection Act

Protecting your children and planning for their lives in the future is important to nearly all parents. This can be especially true when it comes to their immigration needs and the desire to see your children become permanent U.S. residents. For over 40 years, Feiner & Lavy P.C., Attorneys at Law have successfully worked to assist parents who seek immigration and naturalization for their children. We accomplish this through our extensive knowledge of immigration laws, the excellent customer service we strive to provide to each person who comes to us for help and by keeping our fees reasonable during these tough economic times.

Prior to the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) being put into law, an individual who was a beneficiary and turned 21 before being granted permanent residency would lose their status as a child for immigration purposes. This situation was unfair as long processing times for visas and the large backlog of petitions caused children to unjustly lose their child immigration status. With the CSPA now being in effect, certain beneficiaries are able to hold onto their “child” classification although they have reached the age of 21.

A knowledgeable New York City immigration lawyer from our firm can help you to understand who is eligible to use the CSPA and can see you through the forms and procedure with the purpose of seeing that your children can immigrate to the U.S. Our goal is to see your family united and we work aggressively on your behalf to achieve this.

Child Immigration

CSPA’s protection extends to those who are seeking immigration for family reasons, employed-based visas and certain humanitarian programs such as refugees, those seeking asylum and VAWA. CSPA can help you if you are a U.S. citizen and filed a petition for your child’s immigration as this “freezes” the beneficiary’s age to the date on which you filed. If you are a permanent resident parent and filed a petition but became naturalized before your child turned 21, your child’s age remains the date you were naturalized.

Understanding the CSPA and how it applies to your situation is a service we provide so that you family can be together, here in the United States.

Learn how to protect your child’s immigration status by contacting a New York City immigration attorney from our firm.