Navigating the Cuban Adjustment Act: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Immigration Implications

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Understanding the Cuban Adjustment Act

The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, or CAA, is a groundbreaking piece of legislation impacting immigration law and Cuban migrants. Enacted by Public Law 89-732, its primary purpose was to permit Cuban natives or citizens residing in the United States since January 1, 1959, or later, to seek lawful permanent resident status without the hurdles of typical immigration procedures.

Key Provisions

  • Adjustment of Status: Eligible Cubans can apply for a Green Card.

  • Requirements: Individuals must have been physically present in the US for at least one year and must apply within two years of arriving in the U.S.

In February 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice informing Cuban natives or citizens who were denied adjustment status – because they failed to establish that they had been admitted or paroled – would be eligible to file a new Form I-485, with fee. The new policy makes Cubans who were apprehended and later released on their own cognizance or by bond appear “legally admitted” to the U.S. under the CAA.

Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law can guide you through the complexities of following the requirements of the Cuban Adjustment Act. With a commitment to integrity and professionalism, we will ensure each client receives a tailored approach, drawing on our extensive experience in immigration law to navigate the CAA’s stipulations effectively.

How to Apply for a Green Card Under the Cuban Adjustment Act

If you are a Cuban native or citizen seeking permanent residence in the United States, our law firm is dedicated to guiding you through the process under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). Below is an outline of the steps necessary to apply for a green card.

Eligibility Assessment

First, we ascertain if you meet the fundamental eligibility requirements.

  • You have Cuban citizenship or native status.

  • You had physical presence in the US for at least one year, or you have been admitted or paroled to the US after January 1, 1959.

  • You are admissible for lawful permanent residency to the US, or you are eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or other form of relief and

  • The USCIS has no reason to give you an unfavorable discretion.

Documentation Preparation

Next, we prepare your documents, such as the following:

  • Proof of Cuban citizenship

  • Passport-style photographs

  • A government-issued ID with picture

  • Evidence of presence in the US for the required period

  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Filing Process

Finally, we begin with the filing process.

  • Complete and submit Form I-485

  • Include the employment authorization application if desired

  • Pay the filing fee unless the fee is waived

At Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law (Dallas), we are passionate about family-based immigration, helping to maintain the integrity of the family unit through lawful permanent residence. Our customized approach ensures each client’s unique needs are met with professionalism and confidentiality. Let us provide you with the legal support necessary to navigate this important legal process.

Our experience and knowledge of immigration laws can help ensure your smooth journey towards achieving your immigration goals. For more details on the various steps involved, please refer to the USCIS guidelines.

Benefits of Applying for a Green Card Under the Cuban Adjustment Act

As staunch advocates of family-based immigration, we at Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law, have witnessed firsthand the benefits and impact a Green Card can have under the Cuban Adjustment Act. This act offers unique advantages to Cuban natives or citizens that regular avenues may not provide. Below are key benefits that Cuban immigrants can leverage when applying:

  • Quicker Adjustment of Status: The CAA accelerates the path to becoming a lawful permanent resident, reducing the wait time significantly.

  • No Quota Restrictions: Unlike other immigrant categories subject to caps, Cubans are not limited by annual numerical quotas under the CAA.

  • Less Stringent Eligibility Criteria: Cubans are subject to fewer grounds for inadmissibility, which may affect other immigrants. This makes it more accessible for those who may not qualify under other immigration provisions.

  • Work Authorization: Upon arrival under certain DHS processes, qualifying Cubans can apply for work authorization, promoting self-sufficiency.

The CAA has stood as a vital component of US immigration policy for decades, assisting thousands of Cubans in starting new chapters in the United States. Guided by our passion for bringing families together, our experienced team is committed to providing professional and confidential legal assistance tailored to your unique situation. Our goal is to assist you as you navigate the complexities of the CAA, ensuring you can utilize all the rights and benefits it affords Cuban nationals seeking residency.


What Should Applicants Expect During Interviews Under the Cuban Adjustment Act?

Applicants under the Cuban Adjustment Act can expect a thorough interview process. Cuban immigrants must meet eligibility requirements, proving they have resided in the U.S. for at least one year. During the interview, they will discuss their background, the date they entered the country, and their intent to seek lawful permanent residency.

The government will review documents verifying Cuban nationality and economic status. Spouses and parents of Cuban natives may also be eligible. The process aims to confirm eligibility for permanent residents under the Adjustment Act, which offers special treatment for Cuban citizens seeking a green card.

Why You Need Legal Assistance

Navigating the complexities of the Cuban Adjustment Act can be overwhelming. As seasoned immigration law professionals, Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the intricacies of US immigration policies to the table. These skills and knowledge are critical when a client applies for adjustment status or a green card under this specific Act.

Procedures and Eligibility

The process involves much more than submitting paperwork; it’s about constructing a robust case for your right to remain in the US. Our firm is focused on all aspects of immigration law, including green cards, asylum, and deportation defense. We could provide the tools and resources to help ensure no detail is overlooked.

Customized, Confidential Advocacy

  • A focused, personalized strategy for your case

  • Professional handling of sensitive information

  • Commitment to achieving the optimum outcome

We believe in passionate advocacy for every client, driven by our dedication to keeping families together. We are well-versed in the Cuban Adjustment Act and what it takes to qualify your child for permanent residence. Our team works tirelessly, employing a detail-oriented approach to fortify your application against any possible challenges.

Choose Andrew T. Thomas, Attorneys at Law.

The Cuban Adjustment Act remains vital, especially for Cuban nationals seeking a new beginning in the US government. For assistance with this process and to discuss your eligibility, our dedicated team is here to offer professional and confidential support. With thousands of families helped, our passion for family-based immigration is unsurpassed, and we are determined to assist you in keeping your family united on American soil.

Some reasons to choose our law firm are:

  • Extensive Experience: Our history of successful immigration assistance speaks for itself.

  • Personalized Attention: We understand that every case is unique and treat it as such.

  • Passionate Representation: We are determined to advocate for your family’s right to a life in the US.

By entrusting us with your case, you ensure that you’re not just another number but a valued individual deserving of a chance for a new beginning. Our firm stands by your side, guiding you through every step of this life-changing process.