US Starts Issuing Visas in Cuba After Four Years

The United States started issuing visas in Cuba again after more than four years of hiatus following alleged sonic attacks on its diplomatic personnel. 

The reopening of the visa applications followed top-level diplomatic talks between the US and Cuba late last month. 

In March, the US announced a “limited” and “gradual” reopening of its embassy and consular services and will start processing immigration visa requests by Cubans with family in the US.

Washington closed its consular services in the Cuban capital Havana in 2017 after some US personnel and their families suffered unknown diseases later called “Havana Syndrome.“

In 2020, a US government report said that the staff and their families suffering the Havana Syndrome were most likely exposed to “directed, pulsed radiofrequency (RF) energy.”

Meanwhile, Cuban officials asked the US to follow a bilateral immigration agreement authorizing 20,000 US visas a year to Cuba.

Last month, US border authorities reported that 32,500 Cubans were seeking entry into the country.

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