Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act

Immigrants Claiming Asylum Under NACARA

Under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), the United States Government created certain protections that were used to allow immigrants from certain countries to obtain authorization to live and work in the U.S. with potential pathways to permanent residence, and even citizenship. These protections were largely extended to nationals of certain Central American countries that were affected by civil wars (such as Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador), though the protections were also extended to nationals of former Soviet Bloc countries.

The NACARA benefits are extended to foreign nationals who entered the U.S. prior to certain dates in the 1990s (with the specific years varying by country). Since it was enacted, NACARA has also been expanded to include immigration relief for immigrants who have been battered or subject to severe cruelty by their qualified relatives who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or NACARA beneficiaries.

Using NCARA Relief as a Form of Removal/Deportation Relief

There are many cases in which a foreign national may be able to avoid being removed from the U.S. by obtaining relief under NACARA. At Fayad Law, P.C., we have Virginia immigration attorneys who can help you determine if this is an option that you can benefit from in your deportation case. In order to avoid deportation through NACARA relief, applicants must meet the basic NACARA eligibility requirements and must also show that:

  • They have been continuously present in the U.S. for seven years or more
  • They have demonstrated good moral character during that time
  • They are not removable on the basis of their criminal backgrounds
  • Their removal would cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a spouse, child or parent
  • They are deserving of the deportation relief

With more than two decades of combined legal experience, our attorneys have a comprehensive knowledge of U.S. immigration law, as well as the most effective ways to avoid removal/deportation. If you need assistance seeking NACARA relief, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We can provide you with the dedicated legal counsel you need for your immigration matter!