Washington, Aug 2 – The government of the United States announced Wednesday it is extending the duration of non-immigrant visas for Cuban travelers from six months to five years.
Under the new rules, Cubans approved for B-2 visas for family visits or personal travel will be allowed multiple entries, rather than be required to reapply in person each time they seek to travel to the United States. B-1 business and B-1/B-2 combination visas will still be for six months and a single entry.
According to U.S. authorities, the move aims to removes procedural and financial burdens on Cuban travelers, as well as decrease wait times for visa interviews at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.
The development comes after Cuba and the United States resumed migrations talks last July 17 in Washington.