The US government provides relief for nationals
from Cuba and Nicaragua who have resided in the U.S continuously
since December 1, 1995 or earlier, and who face deportation, now
known as "removal".
Under NACARA, the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central
American Relief Act, nationals who have lived no more than
180 total days outside the U.S. since 12/1/95 may be eligible
for permanent residence.
Please Note: Before
leaving office, President Clinton signed into law the LIFE
Act, or the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act Amendments.
This law will benefit many immigrants who were previously ineligible
to adjust their status to permanent U.S. resident.
The LIFE Act benefits those who have entered the
U.S. illegally, worked in the U.S. illegally, or overstayed their
temporary visas illegally but are otherwise eligible to apply
for a green card, through family, employment, investment in a
US business, etc.
As long as these immigrants can prove they were
in the U.S. on the date of the bill's signing (December 21, 2000),
they may submit a petition to adjust their status to permanent
resident until April 30, 2001. Previously the law, called Section
245(i), applied only to those who had submitted their petitions
on or before January 14, 1998.
The law requires these new applicants to pay a $1,000
filing penalty with their application.
NACARA also allows certain nationals from Guatemala,
El Salvador and the former Soviet Bloc countries
to apply for a stay of removal if they have been continuously
present in the U.S. for at least seven years and applied for asylum
by specific deadline dates in 1990 and 1991.
- East Germany
- The Soviet Union