US to Increase Havana Embassy Staff and Expand Consular Services | New
US President Joe Biden’s administration is set to resume full processing of immigrant visas for Cubans for the first time since 2017, in early 2023, saying it hopes to facilitate ‘orderly migration’ to states together and help reunite families separated by nationalities. borders.
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The move was announced Wednesday, reversing a 2017 decision by former President Donald Trump to suspend full visa processing 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 announces an expansion of regular pathways available to Cubans wishing to come in the United States and an increase in staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana,” he said in a statement, noting that visa processing would resume in early 2023.
The decision comes following immigration talks between U.S. and Cuban officials in April, when the two sides discussed implementing Cuba’s migration agreements, with Washington agreeing to accept a minimum of 20,000 Cuban migrants per year, not counting immediate relatives from the United States. citizens.
Additionally, Cubans seeking to reunite with family members will no longer be required to travel to Guyana for interviews, as required by the Trump White House.
Relations between the two countries have faltered in recent years, with former President Barack Obama easing a decades-old blockade on Cuba before Trump’s term, which was far more hostile towards the communist-ruled island.
The Cuban government had welcomed the announcements, saying they “were a small step in the right direction”, although they still did not change the fact that Cuba has been under a US embargo since 1962, which the island nation considers the main reason. behind its economic difficulties.