US reinstates Cuba visa program following the Havana syndrome scare

US reinstates Cuba visa program following the Havana syndrome scare.

The United States Embassy in Cuba resumed consular and visa operations on Wednesday, for the first time in the year 2017 when staff members fell ill with an unknown illness that is known as Havana syndrome.

Cubans looking to visit the US were required to file visa applications in another country  usually Guyana between now and.

“The United States is working to ensure safe, legal, and orderly migration of Cubans by expanding consular operations in Havana and restarting the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP),” the Embassy stated in a press release last week.

The embassy was already resuming “limited” visa services in May of this year.

What caused the US to stop issuing visas to Cuba?

This section, which was consular in the embassy, was closed by Trump’s administration in 2017. Trump administration in the year 2017, one year after diplomats and their families were diagnosed with symptoms that could not be blamed on known illnesses or environmental triggers.

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Certain American experts speculated that the symptoms could be due to electromagnetic radiation, as well as “sonic attacks,” leading to the term Havana syndrome. The same symptoms later were noted by personnel at other US embassies across the globe.

Multiple US investigations haven’t proved any connection between these signs and any state actors.

Cubans who are illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

US reinstates Cuba visa program following the Havana syndrome scare

This US move to provide visas to Havana continues to be a part of the biggest wave of immigration of people from Cuba towards the US over the past few decades.

In 2021 in 2021, 39,000 Cubans came into the US illegally According reports from American authorities. In 2022, the number increased to over 326,000.

Cubans are now the second largest nation in the world, following Mexicans who are on their border US Customs and Border Protection figures show.

This put an obligation on the Biden administration to provide legal avenues for Cubans and resume dialogue between the Cuban government over the issue of immigration.

“It is a good sign that the governments of both countries are talking to each other about how to manage migration flows in an orderly and rational way,” Inter-American analyst Michael Shifter from Georgetown University said to the AFP news agency.

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