Cuban Haitian Entrant Program

Cuban Haitian Entrant Program

United States

During the first half of 2017, the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program witnessed a significant change by the elimination of the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy on January 12. This meant that Cubans who entered the U.S. by land borders or by sea would no longer be paroled and would be permitted to stay in the U.S. without having to first pass an interview to establish a credible fear.

Another change that came about on the same day was the termination of the Cuban Medical Parole Personnel program. The CMPP program had approximately 3,500 visas approved at the time the program was suspended. This program permitted Cubans who were sent on medical missions throughout the world by the Cuban government to apply to come to the U.S. with their spouses and unmarried minor children once approved. Those who were already approved to be part of the Cuban Medical Parole Personnel program on January 12 - along with their “come to join” beneficiary - would be permitted to come to the U.S.

With this policy shift, the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program saw a decrease of 62 percent in the number of cases resettled during the first two quarters of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The Cuban Family Reunification Program continues to operate without changes. A maximum of 20,000 visas could be issued to Cubans yearly for this program. During the last few years, we have seen between 8,000-10,000 come through this program. The Haitian Family Reunification Program is allocated 5,000 visas and has been in existence for the past two years.