After the U.S. had to drastically reduce embassy staff in Havana due to safety concerns after mysterious and serious attacks on U.S. diplomats, the Cuban family reunification program was temporarily halted. The U.S. State Department, however, has stated that the program will continue and remain in place.
U.S. will maintain the family reunification program for Cubans
The United States will maintain the family reunification program in Cuba but has not yet offered more details on how the process will be carried out following the suspension of all visa processing at its embassy in Havana.
“The State Department will work with its colleagues in the Department of Homeland Security to ensure continued operation of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole program, and the refugee processing center,” the U.S. embassy in Havana said. “The State Department will soon announce arrangements for immigrant visa, Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP), and refugee applicants.”
Maintaining these programs is key to compliance with the immigration agreements signed in 1994, which commit Washington to issue 20,000 immigrant visas every year to Cubans on the island.
“The United States met the commitment to issue 20,000 travel documents for fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2016,” a State Department official told el Nuevo Herald. “That commitment is met through the issuance of immigrant visas and parole documents by the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security are currently exploring ways to ensure that we continue to meet that commitment.”
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