you we On Monday (16) announced the easing of a series of restrictions on Cuba imposed under Donald Trump, including immigration procedures, money transfers, and flights.
Cuba The measures were reportedly a “limited step in the right direction”.
“With these actions, we intend to support Cubans’ aspirations for freedom and greater economic opportunity so that they can lead successful lives back home,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
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The Joe Biden administration has announced that it will reinstate the family reunification program for Cubans, which has been suspended since 2017. Created in 2007, it allows US citizens or residents of the United States to request their relatives in Cuba Travel to the United States and apply for a permit to work there while legal resident status is being processed.
The government also promised to increase the capacity to process visa applications in Havana.
He also said that he would cancel the current limit on family remittances of US$1,000 per quarter for the sending and receiving spouse, and that he would authorize remittances from donations, that is, non-family remittances in support of “independent Cuban entrepreneurs.”
However, the State Department has specified that these financial flows must not “enrich” people or entities that violate human rights.
The Biden administration will also increase the number of flights between we And the island, licensing the service for cities other than Havana. Group travel, which is currently prohibited, will be permitted.
However, he made it clear that individual flights would not be reactivated.
Cuba He acknowledged progress in the measures, but stressed that it “does not change the ban” in force since 1962.
“The US government’s announcement is a limited step in the right direction,” but it “is neither the main goals nor the tools of the United States we Concerning Cuba“It’s a failure, a change,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter.
Price noted that “the administration’s (Biden) policy regarding Cuba It remains focused on supporting the Cuban people, including human rights and their political and economic well-being.”
“We continue to call on the Cuban government to immediately release political prisoners, respect the fundamental liberties of the Cuban people, and allow the Cuban people to determine their own future,” he added.
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