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USCIS bars consular certificates as proof of Cuban citizenship

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 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]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 21, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • 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)

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