Biden administration will restore travel to provinces and remove restrictions on remittances

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Biden administration will restore travel to provinces and remove restrictions on remittances

Among the issues that were announced are the reopening of the Cuban Family Reunification Program and the relaxation of people-to-people travel that was suspended under the administration of President Donald Trump.

The administration of President Joe Biden finally announced on Monday important changes in policy towards Cuba, such as the opening of trips to the provinces and the end of the limit on remittances, according to three sources in the administration who asked not to be identified on the condition of anonymity. be authorized to speak on the subject.

Among the topics that were announced were the reopening of the Cuban Program of family reunification and the relaxation of people-to-people travel that was suspended under the administration of President Donald Trump.

During his campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden had promised to review Cuba policy and remove a series of sanctions from his predecessor Donald Trump.

The officials also indicated that the consular capacity of the US Embassy in Havana, which began processing family reunification visas in May, would be increased.

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White House press release

“The Administration’s policy toward Cuba continues to focus first and foremost on supporting the Cuban people, including their human rights and their political and economic well-being.

Today, the Administration has announced measures to further support the Cuban people, providing them with additional tools to pursue a life free from the oppression of the Cuban government and to seek greater economic opportunity.

We will reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP) and increase consular services and visa processing, making it possible for more Cubans to reunite with their families in the United States through regular migration channels.

We will make it easier for families to visit relatives in Cuba and for authorized American travelers to engage with the Cuban people, attend meetings and conduct research.

We will foster the growth of the Cuban private sector by supporting increased access to US Internet services, applications, and e-commerce platforms. We will support new avenues for electronic payments and for US business with independent Cuban entrepreneurs, including through increased access to micro-financing and training.

We will also support Cuban families and businessmen by allowing the flow of remittances to the Cuban people to increase in a way that does not enrich the violators of human rights. We will lift the limit of family remittances of 1,000 dollars per quarter and we will support donation remittances to Cuban entrepreneurs, with the aim that families support each other and entrepreneurs can expand their businesses.

With these actions, we intend to support the aspirations of Cubans for freedom and greater economic opportunities so that they can lead a successful life in their country. We continue to call on the Cuban government to immediately release political prisoners, respect the fundamental freedoms of the Cuban people, and allow them to determine their own future.”

Source: Mario J. Penton

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