Friday, June 2, 2023

Cuba Extends Passport Validity and Eliminates Extensions

Ernesto Soberón, general director of the foreign ministry’s consular affairs and attention to Cubans living abroad, said the decision would go into effect on July 1 and is part of an update of the country’s immigration policy for the benefit of the family. relationships.

He specified that from that moment the validity of the current passport would be increased from the current six years to 10, in the case of Cuban citizens 16 years of age or older, and five in the case of minors.

In addition, it eliminates the need to renew this document every two years, as well as the cost of the associated procedures, of $180 or Euro for those over the age of 16, and $140 or Euro for those under 16. Don’t reach that age..

Another measure adopted is to equalize the time spent on the island for Cubans living abroad with their relatives and foreign wives and children while living in the country.

Soberón explained that starting July 1, residents outside the border will be able to stay in Cuba for much longer, like their foreign relatives, as the length of stay currently varies.

He also pointed out that people who immigrated before January 1, 1971 must present their Cuban passport to enter the Caribbean nation, according to provisions of a constitution approved in 2019 in a popular referendum.

The Director of Consular Affairs said that these decisions are in line with the country’s policy to strengthen ties with the community abroad, adding that these decisions are developing satisfactorily.

The diplomat said Cuba has taken steps to increase the participation of Cubans living abroad in the political, economic and social life of their country, highlighting the debate on the draft constitution and family code in this regard.

He also commented that “the number of cooperation, business and investment projects submitted by Cubans living abroad is increasing in a continuous and orderly manner, with the aim of participating and contributing to the island’s economic development.”

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