Change in Cuban Immigration Policy – illegal entry no longer lead to legal status

Effective January 12, 2017, the United States of America is changing its Cuban Immigration Policy.  The Cuban Adjustment Act or “Wet Foot-Dry Foot” gave legal status (“green card”) to Cubans who entered the U.S. illegally once they remained in the U.S. for 1 year and 1 day.  Cubans were the only group of immigrants in U.S. history who were rewarded for illegal entry and given legal status in the U.S.  President Obama has now ended this “Wet Foot-Dry Foot” policy and Cubans are now subject to the same rules as any other immigrant to the U.S.

Statement by the President Obama on Cuban Immigration Policy

“Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. (more…)