Cuban Adjustment Act
Cuban citizens who want to become lawful permanent residents in the U.S. may do so under the Cuban Adjustment Act. This particular immigration route offers many benefits that are not available under other programs. Contact the Cuban Adjustment Act attorneys at Estrella Immigration today to learn more about whether or not you may apply for a green card under the Cuban Adjustment Act.
The Cuban Adjustment Act, or CAA, was initially passed in 1966. Its aim is to ease the pathway toward a green card for certain individuals who want to immigrate to the U.S. A list of requirements must be met in order for a person to qualify for the CAA. These requirements include that the individual has been:
- Living in the U.S. for a minimum of one year
- Admitted or paroled into the U.S.
- Determined to be admissible
Essentially, the CAA is a relief program for people who arrive in the U.S. from Cuba. It contains a “roll-back” provision which can back date residency approval by as much as 30 months. What’s more, individuals who are protected by CAA do not have to ask for asylum. This means that they do not have to fear being sent back to Cuba. Just as helpful are the provisions that let the spouses and children of individuals who are covered by CAA to also apply for green cards. This even applies to marriages that took place after the Cuban immigrant’s arrival in the U.S.
While the CAA offers tremendous advantages to Cuban immigrants, it is not easy to take advantage of its protections. Applicants must fill out several forms, which include the application known as Form I-485 and a Biographic Information Form G-325A. The applicant further must be fingerprinted and produce two passport photos. Additional forms like an I-693 Medical Report and an I-643 Health and Human Services Statistical Data Sheet are required. Clearance from local police jurisdictions also is necessary.
Compiling all of these forms and data requires time and experience. People who are unfamiliar with the paperwork often make errors that result in costly delays. To avoid this, it is recommended that Cuban immigrants work with an experienced Cuban Adjustment Act attorney in Miami. This ensures that the application is timely and complete. Also, if questions or difficulties arise later in the process, the attorney can help the applicant to get past any obstacles.
The lawyers at Estrella Immigration have considerable experience with the Cuban Adjustment Act. If you would like to take advantage of the protections afforded by this law, then call to schedule an appointment with a Miami Cuban Adjustment Act lawyer today.