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Newsline: US embassy in Cuba resumes visa and consular services

The United States Embassy in Cuba is restarting visa and consular services Wednesday. The Embassy confirmed it will begin processing immigrant visas, with a priority placed on permits to reunite Cubans with family in the U.S., and others like the diversity visa lottery. They are anticipated to give out at least 20,000 visas a year, though it’s just a drop in the bucket of the migratory tide, which is fueled by intensifying economic and political crises on the island. (https://www.wifr.com/2023/01/04/us-reopening-visa-consular-services-embassy-cuba/) The resumption comes amid the greatest migratory flight from Cuba in decades, which has placed pressure on the Biden administration to open more legal pathways to Cubans and start a dialogue with the Cuban government, despite a historically tense relationship.

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