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USCIS issues policy guidance on documentation for Cuban Adjustment Act cases

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 13, 2019

    USCIS issues a policy alert based on changes to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual relating to adjustment of status under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). This guidance clarifies examples of documents that applicants can submit as proof of their Cuban citizenship or nativity for purposes of adjustment of status based on the CAA. [ID #651]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 13, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Previously, acceptable evidence of Cuban citizenship generally included “a Cuban Civil Registry document issued in Havana.” However, a birth certificate issued by the Civil Registry or a Cuban consular certificate documenting an individual’s birth outside of Cuba to at least one Cuban parent is not sufficient to establish Cuban citizenship. This remains true even if the birth or consular certificate states the individual to whom the certificate was issued is a Cuban citizen.

    AFM 23.11 Cuban Adjustment Act Cases

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