Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) is a law that allows certain people in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Soviet Union) to apply for legal residency in the United States through a process known as suspension of deportation.
Naturalization is the process by which a legal immigrant from the United States obtains United States citizenship. It is granted to a foreign or national citizen after he or she meets the requirements established by Congress in the immigration and nationality law.
How is it obtained?
- For those born in Guatemala to qualify: You must have entered the United States on or before October 1, 1990. Enrolled for ABC benefits on or before December 31, 1991; He/she must have applied for asylum before January 3, 1995; and could not have been stopped by immigration authorities at the time of entering the United States after December 19, 1990 – American Baptist Churches (ABC)
- For those born in El Salvador to qualify: You must have entered the United States on or before September 19, 1990 (member of the ABC class). He/she must have Enrolled for ABC benefits on or before October 31, 1991. They must have applied for asylum on or before February 16, 1996, and not have been arrested by immigration authorities upon entering the country after December 19, 1996. 1990.
- If you are Guatemalan/Salvadorian and have submitted an application for asylum on or before April 1, 1990 and have not received a final decision on your asylum application.
- If you entered the United States on or before December 31, 1990, applied for asylum on or before December 31, 1991 and at the time of filing your application was a member of one of the countries of the former Soviet Union.
What are the requirements?
- Seven years of physical presence in the United States.
- Good moral character during those seven years.
- No deportation due to crimes committed.
- You must prove that your deportation or removal would result in extreme hardship for you or your spouse, children or parents who are citizens of the United States or permanent residents.
- You must prove that you deserve the benefits.
How can we help you?
If you are eligible and meet the requirements to obtain NACARA, our office will help you in every step of the way to obtain the desired benefit.