The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its guidance for adjudicating Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions, effective immediately. This change, aligning with the Casa Libre/Freedom House v. Mayorkas order from July 31, 2023, aims to streamline the process for certain applicants. The 180-day adjudication timeframe now applies only to initial SIJ petitions, not to motions or appeals following a denial. SIJ classification provides a pathway for noncitizens who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent to apply for lawful permanent residency in the U.S.