U.S. Visa and a passport for Cuban
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2013 4:55 PM Last Post By: chefhagan
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Mar 26, 2013 10:07 PM
8Ooh, tourist visa. Well that would be a most likely, almost kinda, nope. But at first I thought the OP was talking about a visa to visit family. So does anyone know how much and how long it takes for let's say Los suegros to get visa to come visit? Mainly how long does it take? I'm not too worried about the cost.
Mar 27, 2013 4:40 AM
9Cubans most likely to get B-2 Visitor's Visas are older Cubans who own property and have strong familial ties to Cuba. Usually they are seeking a visa to visit other close family members.
The process is fairly straightforward but according to the USINT website it can take up to a year to get an appointment for the interview after the application with supporting documentation is submitted. This is a link to the website.
US Interests Section--Non-immigrant Visas
Approval or denial of the application is pretty quick---often at the end of the interview.
Mar 27, 2013 6:13 AM
10Altahabana --- the same holds true to Canada with the exception that once the Visa is approved its good for 5 years. There is a Cuban girl in Toronto who parents come to visit her one at a time. The mother will come alone and stay 3 months and buy a bunch of things to bring back to Cuba to sell in the black market and the father will come but he doesn’t like Canada and only stay a month or two and buys a bunch of stuff to bring back to Cuba to sell and 6 or 7 months later the mother will come ………..
Mar 27, 2013 6:12 PM
Mar 30, 2013 10:29 AM
12I'm not sure I understand why it would be a long or complicated process to get a visa to the US for a Cuban, or even why one would be necessary? Given they do have "special" status under the "wet foot/dry foot" law. If they can make it onto US soil from say Mexico and just declare they are Cuban, why do they need a visa. I realize I may be naive in my understanding of all of this.
Mar 30, 2013 12:27 PM
A B-2 Visitor's Visa is a non-immigrant visa. It allows visitors to stay a maximum of six months and then they must leave. Most Cubans who obtain B-2 Visas intend to return to Cuba. That's why they would apply for the visa. In spite of the repeal of the exit visa requirement by the Cuban government, as a practical matter Cubans still need a visa to the destination country in order to leave the country. .
The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) is the special law you refer to. It can be utilized by a Cuban who enters the US legally with a visa or by one who enters illegally without a visa. The CAA explains why B-2 Visas are difficult for Cubans to get. They cannot be forced to leave when their visa expires.
A Cuban who wants to enter the US illegally from Mexico and use the CAA, still has to get to Mexico---whether legally or illegally.
The process for a Cuban to apply for a B-2 visa isn't anymore complicated than it is for any other nationality. The wait is most likely a reflection of the number of applicants for the visa.
Mar 30, 2013 9:21 PM
14The USINT site indicates the wait is caused by limits on the number of staff - no idea if those limits are placed by the US or Cuba. (Or by lack of space in the building with all the spies there.)
"First time applicants can expect a wait time of more than a year for an appointment." - though I heard it was closer to two years.
USINT: we can see you in July 2015
Cuban : but that's when the guy is scheduled to repair my water heater !
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