Immigration Law

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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

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment - VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children
Posted on 19 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The amendments provide for continued eligibility... Read More

Tags: CAA , cuban , vawa , adjustment , USCIS , memo

LIghthouse Not "Dry Land" for Cuban Policy: Movimiento Democracia v. Johnson
Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Movimiento Democracia v. Johnson, June 28, 2016 - "Plaintiffs argue that the Coast Guard “incorrectly treated the American Shoal Lighthouse as merely a ‘navigational aid’ and not an existing structure permanently affixed to United... Read More

BIA on Adjustment of Status: Matter of L-T-P-, 26 I&N Dec. 862 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 2 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of L-T-P-, 26 I&N Dec. 862 (BIA 2016) - (1) An applicant for adjustment of status under section 209 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1159 (2012), must be either a refugee or an asylee. (2) Cubans who were paroled into... Read More

After Forming Deep Roots in U.S., Man Discovers He Isn’t a Citizen
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After living nearly a half century in the United States — marrying and raising a family here, paying taxes and working for decades for the federal government — Mario Hernandez made a discovery recently that rattled him to his core: He... Read More

"He Didn't Know the Lyrics to 'Chan Chan,' So I Knew He Wasn't Cuban"
Posted on 21 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It sounded like a good deal: Get a Cuban birth certificate and stay in the United States, worry-free. But federal authorities say the birth certificates weren't legitimate, and the undocumented immigrants trying to get them weren't Cuban... Read More

Cuban Asylum-Seekers Held at Gitmo Denied Access to Counsel
Posted on 9 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carolina Bolado, Law360, July 8, 2016 - "A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that a group of Cubans seeking entry into the U.S. after being apprehended on a lighthouse off the Florida Keys won't be granted access to counsel during the course... Read More