The U.S. State Department rejected four of every five requests from Cuban nationals for a tourism or business visa in the 2016 fiscal year, a year in which incidents of violent communist oppression skyrocketed following President Barack Obama’s friendly visit to dictator Raúl Castro in March.
“Cuba has the distinction of having the highest rate of U.S. B Visa (tourism or business) refusals of any country worldwide” in the past year, according to Forbes, citing U.S. State Department statistics. Cuba beat out war-torn and impoverished countries including Liberia, Afghanistan, and Haiti, which also appeared in the top ten.
The State Department rejected 81.9 percent of Cuban national requests for B-type visas. MarketWatch notes that this is a 5-point increase from fiscal year 2015 when the United States rejected 76 percent of such requests. Martí Noticias notes that this affected over 8,000 Cubans attempting to come into the United States on a temporary basis but that, among those granted visas – A-type “government” ones – were 392 Cuban government diplomats or other employees. Another 818 athletes received P-type visas.
Source: News Now/ AP/ Ramon Espinosa