NACARA

The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act

The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act or NACARA is a U.S. law passed in 1997 that afforded the opportunity for certain Nicaraguans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, nationals of former Soviet bloc countries to become lawful permanent residents.

At this point in time, relief remains eligible to certain nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and former Soviet bloc countries who have lived in the United States for the past seven years and who, more than twenty years ago, timely filed for either political asylum, Temporary Protected Status or registered under the settlement agreement in American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (ABC).

One should be aware that they can qualify for NACARA even if they departed the United States for many years   It is also very important to know that people who were spouses and children under the age of 21 when the principal received lawful permanent residence via NACARA can often qualify as a derivative.  Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, the application is adjudicated either by USCIS or the Immigration Court.

Long Island Immigration Attorney Eric Horn has been navigating through the highly specialized field of U.S. Immigration Law and will be happy to assist you. Contact the Law Office of Eric Horn, PC at (631) 435-7900 or contact him online to schedule a consultation.