Immigration 101: Specialized Forms of Relief From Removal

As we’ve discussed in other articles, a judge’s determination that you are removable isn’t always the end of the road for your immigration case. There are many different forms of relief from removal, but a few specialized forms are available to very narrow groups of immigrants. These rarely-used forms of relief typically apply to immigrants from Latin American and former Soviet bloc nations.

Natives of Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Soviet Bloc Countries

If you are from Nicaragua, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, or one of the former Soviet Union bloc countries, you may be able to apply for suspension of deportation under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. Usually, in order to obtain this form of relief, you must have applied for asylum or temporary protected status in the past, or have been a dependent of someone who did.

Natives of Cuba

If you are a native or citizen of Cuba, you may be able to obtain relief under one of a handful of specialized laws, including the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. These laws provide additional benefits and protections beyond those available to other aliens.

This article is part of our ongoing “Immigration 101” series, in which we break down topics in US immigration law. For more articles in this series, click here.

The content in this post was originally written by Stuart Nickum and adapted by Lena Barouh.


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