The announcement comes amid the economic crisis in which thousands of Cubans are trying to flee the country for US territory.
In 2017, former President Donald Trump stopped processing visas in Cuba
This Wednesday, the 22nd, the United States Embassy in Havana announced that it is preparing for a complete resumption of visa services for immigrants in Cuba, to facilitate the trip of Cubans to North American territory and the reunion between families. The process has been stalled since 2017, when former President Donald Trump stopped processing visas in Cuba and required applicants to undergo interviews in Guyana. With the resumption of the “Cuban Family Reunification Parole” program, US citizens can apply for entry permission for their family members on Cuban soil to reunite in the US earlier than they could through regular immigrant visa processing. For this, the agency will increase the number of employees working on site. Currently, Cuba is experiencing its worst crisis and a large number of Cubans are trying to leave the country and reach the US border. Nearly 198,000 Cubans entered the United States illegally between October 2021 and August this year, most by land, according to the US Customs and Border Protection agency. “These efforts are a key step toward fulfilling the U.S. commitment under the U.S.-Cuba Migration Agreements to ensure that total legal migration to the United States from Cuba is a minimum of 20,000 Cubans per year, not including immediate relatives of US citizens. The State Department continues to evaluate the expansion of visa services in Havana, as conditions permit,” he said in a statement.