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USCIS bars consular certificates as proof of Cuban citizenship

  1. Original Date Announced

    November 21, 2017

    USCIS will no longer recognize an individual’s Cuban consular certificate (documenting birth outside of Cuba to at least one Cuban parent) as proof of Cuban citizenship for purposes of the Cuban Adjustment Act. The Act permits LPR status for Cuban natives or citizens if certain requirements are met. [ID #614]

    USCIS Policy Memorandum (PM-602-0154): Updated Agency Interpretation of Cuban Citizenship Law for Purposes of the Cuban Adjustment Act; Rescission of Matter of Vazquez as an Adopted Decision
  2. Effective Date

    November 21, 2017

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • July 31, 2007 Under the USCIS Administrative Appeals decision in Matter of Vazquez, a Cuban consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to at least one Cuban parent was formerly accepted as proof of Cuban citizenship for those seeking LPR status under the Cuban Adjustment Act. USCIS Memo: Matter of Vazquez (July 31, 2007)


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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