To Adjust or Not to Adjust? A Seminar on the Cuban Adjustment Act

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Since 1966, the Cuban Adjustment act (CAA) has regulated the entrance of Cubans into the United States. This law stipulates that Cuban citizens and their accompanying spouses and children may become permanent residents of the United States one year after arriving in the country. This automatic application process is exclusive to Cuban immigrants. After the 1994 immigration agreement signed by the Cuban and U.S. governments, only those Cubans who reach U.S. soil are covered by the CAA, while those intercepted at sea before reaching U.S. soil are returned to Cuba. This "adjustment" to the CAA is known as the "wet foot/dry foot" policy.





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