|(My advice is, w/o a green card avoid this. JDO)
Sponsors without Immigration Status
Since 2005, ORR has received immigration status information about potential sponsors and has a policy in place providing for the release of unaccompanied children (UC) to undocumented sponsors, in appropriate circumstances and subject to certain safeguards.
ORR has published guidance on immigration status and the sponsor placement process for UC. This document provides background and context to the development of this policy, and clarifies how it is implemented.
In this process, immigration status information is requested of sponsors, and may emerge through background checks. Immigration status is not used to disqualify potential sponsors. Instead, it is used to ensure the safety and well-being of the child by making sure that there is an adequate care plan in place that takes all relevant aspects of the sponsor into consideration.
Additionally, data is updated monthly on the number of unaccompanied children released to sponsors by state and by county across the U.S.
Last Reviewed Date: March 11, 2021
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Refugee Resettlement