Newsletter January 2011- Surge of Cubans Wanting to Reunite With Family Members in the United States

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Surge of Cubans Wanting to Reunite With Family Members in the U.S.

On October 27th, 2010, the USCIS International Operations Division and Office of Public Engagement invited stakeholders to participate in discussion on the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP). The CFRP was created to expedite processing for Cubans wishing to be reunited with their family in the United States. CFRP participants are paroled into the United States while their immigration cases are processed by the Department of Homeland Security. It was originally announced that all CFRP cases of spouses or minor children of Legal Permanent Residents would be processed as regular immigrant visa applicants beginning January 1, 2011.

On January 14, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that his administration plans to loosen Cuban travel policy. Students seeking academic credit and churches traveling for religious purposes will be able to go to Cuba. Included in the plan is the allowance of any American to send up to $500 every three months to Cuban citizens who are not part of the Castro administration and are not members of the Communist Party.

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