(CNN) — The Supreme Court ruled immigrant children who turn 21 will have to start all over in applying for a visa. The case stems from a Salvadoran immigrant who applied for a visa when her son was 13-years old. Her son is now 21 and will not qualify as an eligible child, despite her paperwork being approved.
The Supreme Court sided with the Obama Administration and the Board of Immigration appeal today in as 5 to 4 decision.
Her son could wait another several years before being approved. The decision does allow an exemption for a small group of young visa applicants under the Child-Status Protection Act.