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US Speeds Up Process to Issue Visas for Cubans

The US embassy is speeding up medical examinations of Cubans seeking to enter the United States, confirming that it will resume issuing immigrant visas early next year.

“We have quadrupled our capacity to complete immigrant visa medical exams,” stated a US diplomat through a social media post.

The news comes almost a month after US authorities announced  they would resume full immigrant visa processing in early 2023. The US halted issuing visas in 2017 amid suspicions over the so-called “Havana syndrome”.

In 2017, dozens of US diplomats in the US embassy in Havana complained of migraines, nausea, lapses in memory and dizziness, leading to the US almost emptying its consular offices on the island.

However, a lengthy investigation by the CIA found no evidence of Cuban state involvement in the ailment.

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Today, Cubans are required to visit US embassies in Guyana or the Colombian city of Bogota to obtain a visa to enter the United States.

It has been reported that US embassies in Cuba are adding officers to their consular offices on the island.

The officials will initially focus on issuing visas under the “Cuban Reunification Parole Program,” which allows certain US citizens and lawful permanent residents to reunite with Cuban family members in the US.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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