The new bill that would change the lives of millions of Cubans abroad

The new bill that would change the lives of millions of Cubans abroad
The new bill that would change the lives of millions of Cubans abroad


A new billannounced by the National Assembly of Popular Power (ANPP) of Cubaincludes determinations that would change the lives of millions of Cubans who live abroad. The organization made available, for public comments, two initiatives of Immigration and Migrationwith the aim of promoting citizen participation and contributing to legal culture.

In the justification, the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) explained that the legislation seeks establish the regulatory bases aimed at regulating an updated immigration system that corresponds to the current constitutional postulates. “In relation to Cuban citizens, immigration solutions are offered that contribute to their insertion into the new Cuban economic system,” he added.

Millions of Cubans living abroad would benefit from the new bill NYT

If approved, the new Cuban immigration law would eliminate the period of stay abroad of 24 months, as well as the designation of “migrant” which is determined after a national exceeds that period of time outside the island. In accordance with Latin American Summaryunder this new precept, they are considered effective residents in the country to whom They remain most of the time of the year in national territoryor “through a combination of a period of permanence and other evidence that demonstrates roots.”

Lieutenant Colonel Roilán Hernández Concepción, head of the Legal Advisory Department of the Ministry of the Interior (Minint), explained to Martí News that “from the new regulation that is proposed, “The 24 months are no longer valid, they are repealed by this new law.”. “From this moment the period of effective residencealready converted into a legal norm,” he emphasized.

Singer Yotuel Romero (C) addresses protesters gathered in front of the Versailles restaurant as they show their support for people in Cuba who have taken to the streets there to protest on July 11, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle – Getty Images North America

According to the National Assembly of People’s Power, the immigration bill aims to regulate the Cuban immigration processunder a systemic conception of development “aimed at achieving regular, orderly and safe migration, in accordance with what is established in the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, in the laws and in international treaties on said matter.”

For his part, Colonel Roberto Aguilera Puig, head of the Border Unit in the Directorate of Identification, Immigration and Immigration, pointed out to the aforementioned media that the “effective immigration residence” It will be key to defining the roots with the country, which will allow those who have prolonged stays or assets on the island to maintain their link with Cuba. The draft Immigration Law highlights: “Cubans can keep inherited property in Cuba”.

Cuba would allow residents abroad to inherit or maintain their properties on the islandUnsplash/Ricardo IV Tamayo

Property will not be automatically lost for being abroad for more than 24 monthsalthough it is necessary to comply with government regulations to maintain these rights,” the bill adds, including staying up to date with applicable administrative and fiscal requirements.

These legislative proposals, already approved by the Council of Ministers, will be subjected to analysis and discussion by the deputies, with a view to its timely presentation in the Cuban Parliament. In addition, the government has enabled the email addresses [email protected] and [email protected], so that Cubans can send their opinions on both.


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