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Cuba: The Ups and Downs of Visas for Cuban Citizens

While Canada will resume some of its services at the Embassy in Havana so as to facilitate immigration procedures for Cuban citizens, other countries such as Panama and the US, are adopting new measures to limit travel outside the Caribbean island.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, fingerprints, photos and passport services resumed again as of August 1st, allowing citizens in Cuba to apply for visas.

These measures don’t mean to say that diplomatic services have been reestablished, but “they will facilitate Cubans’ travel to Canada and make the process a lot faster, easier and less expensive for applicants,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced.

Travel visa applicants, applicants for work or study visas in Canada, as well as people hoping to adhere to the permanent residency program under the economic class and family schemes, must continue to apply online.

The latter will still need to travel to visa offices in Puerto Espana, Trinidad and Tobago or Mexico City, as they need to have a medical examination and attend a series of interviews.

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