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USCIS Resumes Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program Operations
Posted on 1 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 1, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is resuming operations under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) program, beginning with pending CFRP program applications. USCIS has begun to mail interview notices... Read More

DHS Resumes Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) Program and Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program Operations
Posted on 10 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 9, 2022 "The United States is taking a series of measures to increase support for the Cuban and Haitian people in line with our national interests. Both Cuban and Haitian people are confronting a humanitarian crisis and our policy focuses... Read More

Tags: Haiti , Cuba , parole , DHS

DOS: Limited Resumption of Immigrant Visa Processing in Havana
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 6, 2022 "Beginning in May 2022, U.S. Embassy Havana will resume immigrant visa services on a limited basis for applicants in the IR-5 category (Parent of a U.S. Citizen). This change is part of the broader expansion of the... Read More

USCIS Notice re "Arriving Aliens" from Cuba Denied AOS (Feb. 23, 2022)
Posted on 23 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 23, 2022 NOTICE FOR CERTAIN NATIVES OR CITIZENS OF CUBA WHO ARE “ARRIVING ALIENS” AND WHO WERE DENIED ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS UNDER THE CUBAN ADJUSTMENT ACT BASED SOLELY ON A DETERMINATION THAT THEY HAD NOT MET THEIR BURDEN OF ESTABLISHING... Read More

CA5 on Cuba, Political Opinion, Evidence: Gutierrez Acosta v. Garland (unpub.)
Posted on 8 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gutierrez Acosta v. Garland (unpub.) "Gutierrez Acosta contends that the BIA erred in two respects. First, he challenges the BIA’s decision to give dispositive effect to the IJ’s finding that legitimate, non-political reasons could... Read More

Tags: Cuba , asylum

CA5 Grants Panel Reh. in Cuban Asylum Case: Leal v. Garland (unpub.)
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Leal v. Garland, unpub. "The petition for panel rehearing is GRANTED. The opinion, 841 F. App’x 719 (5th Cir. Mar. 29, 2021) , is WITHDRAWN..." Read More

Tags: Cuba , asylum

CA11 on Cuba, Journalists, Well-Founded Fear: Cabrera Martinez v. Atty. Gen.
Posted on 8 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cabrera Martinez v. Atty. Gen. "Because the IJ and the BIA failed to provide reasoned consideration of Martinez’s evidence of his well-founded fear of future persecution based on a pattern or practice of persecution toward dissident journalists... Read More

CA1 on Credibility, Evidence: Cuesta-Rojas v. Garland
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cuesta-Rojas v. Garland "Darwin Aliesky Cuesta Rojas ("Cuesta Rojas"), a native and citizen of Cuba, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") affirming the denial of his application for asylum... Read More

Matter of C-A-S-D-, 27 I&N Dec. 692 (BIA 2019)
Posted on 5 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of C-A-S-D-, 27 I&N Dec. 692 (BIA 2019) (1) To qualify for a waiver of inadmissibility under section 209(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1159(c) (2012), an alien who is found to be a violent or dangerous individual... Read More

Tags: Cuba , refugee , 209(c)

Mnuchin, Bolton Clamp Down on Cuba
Posted on 4 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, June 4, 2019 - "The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel. The Treasury Department said in a statement... Read More

USCIS Closes Havana Field Office on Dec. 10, 2018
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 10, 2018 "USCIS will permanently close its field office in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10, 2018. The USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume the Havana Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters for individuals... Read More

Tags: havana , Cuba , USCIS

Obama Suddenly Ends Special 'Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot' Parole Policy for Cubans
Posted on 13 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

January 12, 2017 Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Statement by DHS Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba DHS Fact Sheet U.S. - Cuba Joint Statement News article by... Read More

Tags: wet-foot , Cuba , Obama , parole

Updated USCIS Procedures for Cuba (Dec. 22, 2017)
Posted on 22 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 22, 2017 - "Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately. During this time, the USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico,... Read More

Tags: Cuba , USCIS

The Cuban Adjustment Act Of 1966: Past And Future
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

By David Abraham The Obama administration's moves to expand relations with Cuba have stoked interest in the future of what is known as the Cuban Adjustment Act, which has been law since 1966. In this Emerging Issues Analysis, historian and professor... Read More

DHS Notice: Eliminating Exception To Expedited Removal Authority for Cuban Nationals Encountered in the United States or Arriving by Sea
Posted on 14 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - "This notice concerns the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) to place certain designated categories of aliens in expedited removal proceedings... Read More