Following the growth of the migration wave from Cuba to different countries in the world, the number of Cubans arriving in the United States has increased significantly in the last year. A significant number of these migrants arrive in the US across the country’s southern border with Mexico.
Reaching the Central American country is therefore the biggest challenge for Latin American citizens who wish to cross this border. Cubans are no different, arriving in Mexico both legally and illegally using the usual routes.
In this context, comes as welcome news the announcement by the Mexican authorities that they are opening the Appointments Cuba portal (a.k.a. Citas Cuba) (formerly known as Mexitel), allowing Cuban citizens to schedule an interview at the Mexican Consulate in Havana with the purpose of obtaining a visa that will allow them to travel to the country concerned.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the Department’s website that all necessary procedures have been put in place to ensure transparency and efficiency when allocating appointments.
Details of the Opening of the Mexican Consulate
The portal was re-opened last 26 December and will be operational until all available appointments are filled. When full capacity is reached, the service will remain inactive until next March. During the first fortnight of this month, allocations will be made for appointments for the next period. Appointments are free, personal and non-transferable.
Interviews will be granted by giving priority to applications for family reunification visas, then to work visas, students and scholarship holders, and finally to visitors who are not entitled to perform any paid activities. Applicants registering and not having made an appointment will be registered in the system and will be informed when new appointments become available.
Requirements from the Mexican Consulate to Schedule Appointments
The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged citizens not to share their personal data with third parties who are offering appointments in their behalf. As a result, you may be banned permanently from the Citas Cuba appointments system. The Mexican authorities made available the e-mail address [email protected] to allow users to report any misuse of their personal information.
This new procedure will help a significant number of Cubans to enter Mexican territory by safe and legal routes. This is not the situation for thousands of Cubans who, in order to reach Aztec territory, must cross several countries, risking their own lives and those of their families, with the goal of reaching North American territory, which is, after all, the ultimate destination for an overwhelming number of Cuban migrants.
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