US embassy in Cuba to resume 'full visa processing' in 2023

(VOVWORLD) - The US embassy in Cuba said Wednesday it will resume "full immigrant visa processing" next year for the first time since 2017, when the mission was closed over alleged sonic attacks on diplomatic staff.

This change will eliminate the need for Cubans applying for immigrant visas in family preference categories to travel outside of Cuba to Georgetown, Guyana for their interviews," the embassy said in a statement.

According to existing immigration agreements, the United States is supposed to authorize at least 20,000 immigrant visas a year for Cubans.

The United States evacuated its diplomatic staff and their families in 2017 after at least two dozen people suffered brain injuries that resembled concussion, but with no exterior signs of trauma.

US officials accused Cuba of carrying out "health attacks" using some sort of acoustic or microwave device, a charge Havana angrily rejected.