USCIS Eases Family Reunification for Cubans in the U.S.: Discover How

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Family reunification is a top priority for Cubans arriving in the United States, eager to reunite with their loved ones. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented significant updates to its policies to streamline this process. What do these changes mean and how will they affect those seeking to reunite with their families? Discover the details in this article.

New Hope for Family Reunification

More and more Cubans are crossing the borders into the United States with the hope of being reunited with their families. Traditionally, the procedures for family reunification have been complicated and lengthy. However, USCIS has recently shed new light on these procedures, making the process easier for thousands of families separated by distance.

Update in USCIS Guidelines

According to the official USCIS announcement:

“We have updated the guidelines in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding family-based immigrant visa petitions (including Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and in limited situations, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, based on family relationships) including an explanation of how we handle the correction of errors in approval notices, requests for consular processing or adjustment of status on behalf of the beneficiary, and routing procedures for approved petitions.”

What Do These Changes Imply?

An applicant seeking family reunification can fill out Form I-130 to initiate a change of status (if their relative is already in the U.S.) or a consular process (if the loved one is in another country). Until now, any error or inconsistency in the application meant freezing the process and the need to submit Form I-824, which significantly delayed the proceedings.

With the new updates, USCIS has the discretion to send the application to the National Visa Center (NVC) even if there is a lack of clarity in the request for a change of status or consular process. Alternatively, it allows the applicant to correct errors or update information on Form I-130, facilitating the transition from a consular process petition to a change of status if the family member is already in the U.S. through another immigration route.

Additional Facilities and Communication Channels

USCIS has also improved communication channels for applicants to clarify doubts or make changes to a pending or approved Form I-130. This includes necessary adjustments due to changes in the beneficiary’s address or immigration circumstances.

Take Advantage of the New Guidelines

If you are planning to initiate the family reunification process, these new guidelines will be very helpful. They provide detailed information on the parameters USCIS considers when approving or denying a petition, which can increase your chances of success.

Where to Find More Information

For more details and to access the updated guidelines, you can visit the official USCIS website and consult the USCIS Policy Manual. Here you will find detailed information on immigration policies, including recent updates on family-based immigrant visa petitions, Form I-130, and other relevant forms.

These guidelines are an essential tool for understanding the procedures and requirements necessary for family reunification, as well as for resolving any doubts or making corrections to your applications. To directly access the Policy Manual, you can follow these direct links to the USCIS Policy Manual.

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Michel Díaz

Graduado de Comunicación Social en la Universidad de Oriente en 2019, y enamorado del periodismo digital desde siempre.