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Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:39 AM

Cuba scraps exit visa requirement

Source: Associated Press

Cuba scraps exit visa requirement
ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:33am

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas.

A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said Cubans will also not have to present a letter of invitation to travel abroad when the rule change takes effect Jan. 13, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to.

"As part of the work under way to update the current migratory policy and adjust it to the conditions of the present and the foreseeable future, the Cuban government, in exercise of its sovereignty, has decided to eliminate the procedure of the exit visa for travel to the exterior," the notice read.

The measure also extends to 24 months the amount of time Cubans can remain abroad, and they can request an extension when that runs out. Currently, Cubans lose residency and other rights including social security and free health care and education after 11 months.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Cuba-scraps-exit-visa-requirement-3951550.php

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 07:26 AM

1. Cuba’s migration policy updated

As part of the work undertaken to update the current migration policy adjusting it to prevailing conditions in the present and the foreseeable future, the Cuban government has decided to forgo the required Travel Permit as well as the Letter of Invitation.

Therefore, as from January 14th, 2013, it will only be necessary to submit the ordinary passport, duly updated, and the visa issued by the country of destination, in those cases when it is required. The ordinary passport will be issued to the Cuban citizens who meet the requirements of the Migration Law, as modified in compliance with these provisions. Such Law will come into effect ninety days after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba.

Those already in possession of an ordinary passport, issued before this decision is valid, should request from the corresponding authorities of the Ministry of the Interior its updating absolutely free of charge. Likewise, those with a valid Travel Permit will be able to depart without any additional procedure.

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The updating of the migration policy takes into account the right of the revolutionary state to defend itself from the aggressive and subversive plans of the US government and its allies. For this reason, those measures aimed at preserving the human capital created by the Revolution from the theft of talents practiced by the powerful nations shall remain in force.

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/16-octubre-migration-policy.html

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 08:53 AM

2. interesting how the Cuban government views people as property isn't it??

"For this reason, those measures aimed at preserving the human capital created by the Revolution from the theft of talents practiced by the powerful nations shall remain in force."

This statement of course refers to atheletes, doctors, scientists, and other persons who the government believes belong to the state.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 09:21 AM

3. Just like the mittwitt, chattel = people = pigliCON math.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:13 AM

7. Unless you are self sufficient you are human capital

Cuba can admit it because they are in the business of not letting the bourgeoisie exploit it for themselves.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:35 PM

11. our government gladly lets those people leave so they can be replaced by lower paid foreigners

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Response to yurbud (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:51 PM

12. which people? n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:01 PM

13. the talented people you listed: doctors, scientists, etc.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 09:24 AM

4. The test will be whether dissidents will get passports in the first place

something tells me there will still be a lot of control behind the scenes.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 04:48 AM

5. Legal path to U.S. from Cuba still complicated

WASHINGTON – Cuba's surprise decision to make it easier for citizens to leave the country doesn't mean Cubans can book tickets on commercial planes and head for Miami.

Would-be immigrants and tourists still need permission from the U.S. government to enter America legally. With a multiyear wait for a visa, the average Cuban may not be leaving home any time soon.

"This may end up being ado about nothing," said a Cuban-immigration expert, Jose Azel of the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies.

A State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said Tuesday that the U.S. welcomes "any reforms that'll allow Cubans to depart from and return to their country freely. We remain committed to the migration accords under which our two countries support and promote safe, legal and orderly migration. Our own visa requirements remain unchanged."

http://www.nwherald.com/2012/10/17/legal-path-to-u-s-from-cuba-still-complicated/a471pmb/

Note included in the article re. the Mariel fiasco which was ended eventually at the request of the US government.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 05:07 AM

6. Thanks for this news, D.D. The U.S. Interests Section in Havana has blocked tons of visa requests.

The U.S. Government has even terminated trips to the U.S. already in flight, sending ahead the message to colleges to withdraw invitations to invited, scheduled Cuban lecturers, so they had to turn around and go right back before their arranged speeches.

The gov't has also refused visas to Cuban artists who've been here many times before. Doesn't make a lot of sense.

Of course these smooth moves never get the publicity here you'd expect. Kept very quiet.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:24 AM

9. right, the US government still decides who gets a visa n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #9)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:17 AM

10. "Under those 1994 accords between the two countries,

Washington has encouraged Havana to take steps to prevent any future mass exodus."

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:23 AM

8. yep, expect more Cubans to enter from third countries n/t

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