US Embassy in Havana will increase staff to help clear the way for Cubans to immigrate to the US
Joe Biden administration will resume full immigrant visa processing for Cubans for the first time since 2017, says it hopes to facilitate “Ordered Movement” into the United States and help reunite families separated by national borders.
US Embassy in Cuba announced Wednesday’s move reverses former President Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to halt the entire visa process for Cuban citizens.
“Consistent with our commitments under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection to facilitate safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration, the United States today announced widen the usual routes for Cubans who want to come to the United States and increase staffing at the US embassy in Havana,” It said in a statement, noting that visa processing will restart in early 2023.
The Biden administration began reviewing a limited number of Cuban visa applications earlier this year, but the latest move will speed up the process. In addition, Cubans who want to reunite with family members will no longer have to travel to Guyana for interviews, at the request of the Trump White House.
Decide later immigration negotiations between U.S. and Cuban officials in April, when the two sides discussed implementing the U.S.-Cuban Migration Agreement, under which Washington agreed to accept a minimum of 20,000 Cuban migrants each year, excluding relatives. directly by US citizens.
Relations between the two countries have cooled in recent years, with former President Barack Obama easing a decades-old blockade on Cuba ahead of Trump’s tenure, which was much more hostile to the island. ruled by the communists.
The number of Cuban nationals attempting to enter the United States spiked last year, seeing about 200,000 people processed by U.S. border officials, a 400% increase from 2021, according to the report. government statistics.
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