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Today in Latin American History

Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act was Enacted in 1966

Today in Latin American history, the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act which allowed 123,000 Cubans to apply for permanent residence in the U.S. was enacted in 1966.

Passed by the 89th United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, the law applies to any native or citizen of Cuba who has been inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States after January 1, 1959 and has been physically present for at least one year; and is admissible to the United States as a permanent resident.

The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1976 reduced this time to one year. Caps on immigration do not apply and it is not necessary that the applicant use a family-based or employment-based immigrant visa petition.

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