The embassy of the United States (USA) in Havana, capital of Cuba, will begin to issue visas in an unlimited and gradual manner, after this service remained closed for more than four years after the withdrawal of almost most of its diplomatic personnel, during the administration of Donald Trump.
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“The United States Embassy in Havana will begin the limited resumption of some immigrant visa services, as part of the broader expansion of Embassy functions to facilitate diplomatic and civil society engagement and to expand the provision of consular services”, the entity published in a statement on its Twitter account.
However, he noted that “the main place of processing for Cuban immigrant visa applicants” will continue to be the Georgetown Embassy in Guyana.
The Embassy will initiate the limited resumption of some immigrant visa services, as part of the broader expansion of the Embassy’s functions to facilitate diplomatic and civil society engagement and to expand the provision of consular services. pic.twitter.com/oUQbNPBhyp
— Embassy of the United States in Cuba (@USEmbCuba)
March 3, 2022
According to the text, the process will be carried out jointly with the National Visa Center “to schedule a limited number of immigrant visa appointments for applicants whose information is documented complete.” However, no service start date was specified.
The charge d’affaires of the Washington headquarters in Havana, Timothy Zuñiga-Brown, told local media that work is being done “to schedule a limited number of immigrant visa appointments for applications whose information is complete.”
Along with consular activities, the diplomatic headquarters in Havana will continue to provide essential services to US citizens and emergency visas for non-immigrants.
In September 2017, the embassy reduced its staff to a minimum, as a measure by former President Donald Trump in the face of alleged sonic attacks, known as “Havana Syndrome” that affected its diplomats in 2016 and 2017.
Despite having scientifically demonstrated by the Cuban side the security that diplomats have on the Caribbean island, even with evidence and proof from the United States, academic and intelligence institutions, the service was never returned.
Zuñiga-Brown did not show whether the current government of Joe Biden considers the issue of the alleged sonic attacks to be over, but he highlighted in his statement the interest in contributing to “safe and legal” immigration, at least for family reunification.
Cubans, before the closure of services, were forced to travel to third countries such as Colombia and Guyana, with the aim of requesting the document that allows them to enter the northern nation.