ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Oct 2012In October 2012, the government of Cuba announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Cuban official news agency: http://www.ain.cu/2012/octubre/16aem_cuba_politica_migratoria.htm
Official Gazette: http://www.granma.cu/LEY-DE-MIGRACION.pdf
Official Newspaper of the Communist party committee: http://www.granma.cu/espanol/cuba/16-octubre-migracion.html
The Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/16/cuba-eases-curbs-foreign-travel
For the affected trading partners: http://www.thedialogue.org/PublicationFiles/cuban%20condition%20migration%20remittances_FINAL.pdf
On 16 October 2012, the Cuban government approved a reform of the migration policy. Cuban citizens will no longer be required to apply for an exit visa when travelling to another country. From 14 January 2012, Cubans only need a personal passport and the visa of the hosting country (if a visa is required by that country) if they want to leave Cuba. With this measure, Cubans can stay abroad for 24 months compared to 11 months before the reform. Moreover, the new rules allow Cubans to request of an extension of these 24 months. Before the current reform was approved, Cubans had to request an "Invitation Visa" to go abroad.
This measure will facilitate visits by Cuban company officials to trading partners, thereby lowering a barrier to Cuban exports.