Cuba ranks high on U.S. visa waitlist

Cuba has 13,868 people on the waiting list for F2A immigrant visas for the spouses and children of legal permanent residents. That puts Cuba third in the world in that visa category, trailing only Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the latest State Department figures show. Cuba also leads most of the world in visa numbers … Read more

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USAID’s approach to Venezuela

The U.S. Agency for International Development is running programs in seven nations to address the crisis in Venezuela. Those nations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a map last updated Nov. 9. USAID’s website states: USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food … Read more

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Planning for “strategic transitions” in foreign lands

The U.S. Agency for International Development has created roadmaps to signal when it may be time for a “strategic transition” in certain countries of interest. USAID’s 2019 “journey to self-reliance” roadmap for Cuba gives the nation high marks for health and education, but criticizes the socialist government’s commitment to open and accountable governance. The agency … Read more

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El Gallego Fernández dies at 95

José Ramón Fernández, a hero of the Cuban revolution, died early this morning at the age of 95, Granma reported. Fernández led the Cuban forces who defeated CIA-backed fighters during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. He went on to hold top positions in the Cuban government. His nickname was “El Gallego Fernández.”

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U.S. immigrant visas to Cubans down by 31 percent

The U.S. Embassy in Havana issued just 29 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30. That was little more than one-quarter percent of the 9,752 visas issued the previous year, a State Department report shows. The number of immigrant visas issued in Guyana jumped from 4,096 to 7,672 as thousands of … Read more

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