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US extends non-immigrant visas for Cubans

The relationship between the United States and Cuba has been a complicated one, especially for immigrants from Cuba. However, the two countries recently met and discussed a new policy that could impact many immigrants in the U.S. as well as those hoping to arrive from Cuba.

The Obama administration recently announced that the U.S. will allow individuals from Cuba to recieve non-immigrant visas. The Obama administration will extend the non-immigrant visa to five years for Cuba travelers. The previous duration was only six months.

The new agreement will also allow Cubans with B-2 visas granted for family or personal travel can have multiple entries instead of being required to reapply each time in person. The changes will not impact B-1 business and B-1/B-2 combination visas. Those are still valid for only six months and only for one entry.

The State Department said the changes were made to help Cubans travel to the U.S. without placing a large financial and procedural burden on those who frequently travel between the two countries. They also said that the changes should reduce the wait times for visa interviews in Cuba because more Cubans will be able to travel multiple times to the U.S. before having to reapply for a visa.

The Obama administration is hoping that the changes will help support a better society in Cuba by allowing the people of Cuba to travel to the U.S. more often.

These changes could have a significant impact on immigrants from Cuba travelling to the U.S. Obtaining a visa or trying to gain citizenship in the U.S. can be complicated and frustrating. Immigrants who need help navigating the difficult immigration system in the U.S. should consult an attorney to discuss their options to help them start a new life in America.

Source: Huffington Post, "U.S. Extending Duration of Non-Immigrant Visas for Cubans," July 31, 2013

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