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USCIS Suspends Operations In Cuba
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USCIS Suspends Operations In Cuba Jan-11-2018

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The United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently suspended operations in Havana, Cuba. The new changes involve the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) as well as the USCIS field office in Mexico City. These changes can affect immigrants wishing to apply for a green card under CAA. A Cuban consular certification used to be sufficient proof of Cuban citizenship but not any longer. Cuban passports and Cuban Civil Registry are still used as proof of Cuban citizenship.

USCIS will temporarily suspend its operations in Havana while working on changing these policies, which may not exceed 180 days, according to U.S. policy. Some jurisdictional responsibilities will be temporarily handled in their Mexico City offices. There have been staff reductions at the United States Embassy in Cuba due to last year’s sonic attack claims, which affected more than 20 functionaries. Cuban investigators say they don’t possess such weapons yet the incident has led to staff reductions. The 4 recordings provided by the United States government clearly show that there is nothing damaging.

Relations between the United States and the Cuban government are clearly broken since 1961 when communism took over. President Barack Obama has been the only president since Kennedy who has tried to revive diplomatic relations. He believed that the best way to address the differences was through getting involved. Although president Donald Trump seems okay with the idea, he wants a better deal.

Many Cubans believe Donald Trump’s moves are politically motivated. So far the United States has reduced personal in the US Havana embassy, limited the number of visas and consular services. More than 15 functionaries were also expelled from the Cuban Embassy in Washington. This has added tension with the Cuban government who doesn’t seem to have any connection with the incident. Raul Castro, Cuba’s president, says that Cuba has nothing to do with the incident that affected the health of these diplomats.

Back in September 2017, the embassy as processing some limited visas, such as the A or G visas used for diplomatic travel or when applicants had severe symptoms. In such cases, the applicant must show a letter to the physician with details about the duration of treatment and the costs associated with it. Applicants seeking a visa based on these categories had to contact the U.S. Embassy in Habana and make an appointment. However, the suspension of visa processing in December the same year created a difficult situation for immigrants seeking these benefits. Applicants with pending applications who may be seeking other benefits should consult with an immigration attorney.

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