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Cuban Adjustment Act

The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) provides a special way for Cuban nationals who wish to immigrate to the United States to obtain their lawful permanent residence in the United States. Enacted in 1966, the CAA offers a pathway for Cuban citizens to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents after arriving in the U.S. The Cuban Adjustment Act was put into effect during the Cold War era due to the increase in Cuban refugees seeking safety from Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Under this law, Cuban nationals who arrived in the United States were eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status after being physically present in the U.S. for at least one year.

To qualify for adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act, individuals who have been in the United States for at least one year are required to demonstrate good moral character and pass a background check. Applicants cannot be inadmissible to the United States on certain grounds, such as criminal convictions or national security concerns.

The Cuban Adjustment Act offers several benefits to eligible individuals. Successful applicants are granted lawful permanent resident status, also known as a green card, allowing them to reside and work in the United States indefinitely. Subsequently, they have the opportunity to pursue U.S. citizenship through the process of naturalization. Cuban immigrants who adjust their status can also petition to bring their immediate family members to the United States through family-based immigration channels. During the waiting period for their green card application to be processed, the applicants may apply for employment authorization, permitting them to legally work in the United States before they receive their green card.

The Cuban Adjustment Act offers a unique pathway to obtaining lawful permanent residency for Cuban nationals. If you are not sure if you are eligible to apply for the CAA or you are in need of more information about your immigration case, you may want to consult an immigration attorney. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices can assist you with your case process or need more information. Please contact our office at (717) 731-8114 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.