New Process for Relatives of Green Card Holders

October 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

The U.S. diplomatic mission in Cuba on Wednesday unveiled a change in the way it handles applications for U.S. entry by some relatives of U.S. green card holders, and said it will not affect the time involved in processing the cases.  The change affects only spouses or minor children of U.S. residents, now processed under the Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP), the mission said. They will be processed as regular immigrant visa applicants beginning Jan. 1.  It will not affect all other categories of applications currently being processed under the CFRP, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.  The CFRP was established in 2007 to reduce the long delays that many Cubans were experiencing in securing visas to enter the United States. Under the program, Cubans cleared for entry did not have to wait on the island for their immigrant visas, and were instead “paroled” into the United States and waited there for their green cards.  CFRP was open to the spouses and minor children of Cuban green card holders as well as three other categories of applicants, such as the sibling and adult children of Cuban exiles who are U.S. citizens.The U.S. mission in Havana said the change in the application process for spouses and minor children, who receive F2A visas, was due to a decrease in the worldwide demand in that visa category.  Beginning Jan. 1, the mission said, F2A applicants “will be processed as immigrant visa applicants and will receive Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status upon entry to the United States.”    miami herald


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