By Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba, – Canada restored some visa services at its Embassy in Havan from August 1, 2019, including visa and biometric services, fingerprints and photos needed for applications done at the embassy, as well as drop off and pick up passports/visas.
This new announcement does not restore the full list of restricted services, but Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it will make the process faster, easier and less expensive for applicants.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Cuban officials in June said:
“I really want to reiterate that the measures that have been taken in our embassy in Cuba are in no way a political decision,” she added, “I have real sympathy for the Canadians and the Cubans who are facing some real difficulties as a result of this situation.”
The Canadian authorities suspended immigration proceedings due to unexplained illnesses among Canadian and US diplomats dating back to the spring of 2017.
Canada’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said “This decision wasn’t taken lightly,” a June statement from the his office read, adding “workers need to…