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Newsline: U.S. boosts embassy personnel in Cuba

The United States announced it will increase its staff at its embassy in Havana and begin a limited amount of some immigrant visa services after years of operating with few personnel. The announcement was made during a press conference in Havana on Thursday by the U.S. Embassy’s top diplomat, Timothy Zuñiga-Brown. (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/us-boosts-embassy-personnel-cuba-rcna18467) The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, will continue being the primary location for processing visas. The Trump administration cut embassy staff in 2017 following unexplained health incidents known as the “Havana Syndrome” that affected personnel and their families. A very limited staff has been in place since then, impacting the embassy’s ability to process visas. Visa processing was transferred to Guyana. But for most Cubans, the cost of traveling to another country for visas is exorbitant. Cuba is among the top 10 countries with the highest number of people on the family sponsored immigration waiting list, with almost 91,000.

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