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Consular Services for Cuban Citizens:

Migratory Services:

Consular Registration
Passport Renewal
Passport Extension
Identity and Travel Document
Extension of the Permit to Travel Abroad (PVE)
Extension of the PVE for longer than eleven months
Permit to live abroad (PRE)
Indefinite Exit Permit (PSI)
Authorization for a New Passport
Entry Permit
PE-4 Application for Repatriation  

Notary Services:

Marriage
Marriage Registration
Divorce
General Power of Attorney
Special Power
Power of Attorney for Departure of a Minor
Power of Attorney for Marriage
Power of Attorney for Divorce
Power of Attorney for Inheritance Declarations
Birth Certificate Transcript
Death Certificate Transcript
Legalization and Certification of Documents
Letter of Invitation

Requesting documents in Cuba while abroad: 

Birth Certificate
Driver’s License Certificate
Single Status Certificate
Legal Capacity for Marriage Certificate
Criminal Record Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Divorce Certificate
Last Will Certificate
Legal Heir Certificate
Migratory Movement Certificate
Certificate of non-citizen national status
Certificate of Nationality
Certificate of Citizenship
Certificate issued by Educational Institutions
Baptismal Certificate
Death Certificate
Ascertaining Whereabouts

Other consular services:

Transfer of corps to Cuba /
Transfer of ashes to Cuba

Consular services for foreigners:

Tourist Visa (Tourist Card)
Family Visa (A-2)
D-6 or Press Visa
Business Visa
Other Visas
Request to reside in Cuba
Legalization and Certification of Documents
Marriages in Cuba
Marriages Abroad

Divorce
Household Pets Declaration 

  


Consular Registration:

Every Cuban citizen requesting consular services (with the exception of Travel Permit Abroad Extensions for 11 months) must be registered. 

Applications may be made in person at the Consulate or by mail. 

A completely filled out form must be presented along with a photocopy of the Passport, two photographs and a stamped self-addressed envelope so that the Consular Registration Card, which has to be presented when requesting any Consular Service, can be mailed. 

The Consular Fee for this service must be paid. 

NOTE: If the application is being made by mail or via a third party, an extra Consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 
All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque. Cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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Passport renewal:

To renew or apply for a new Passport, you must present:

1. A photocopy of the expired Passport (6 years) and the Passport itself. 
2. Two color Passport-size photos, front-view, not wearing any head covering or dark glasses. 
3. A photocopy of the Consular Registration Card.
4. A completely filled-out form, printed in black ink.
5. Payment of the Consular fee for the pertinent service.

In the case of a lost Passport, besides complying with the requirements from sub-article 2 to sub-article 5, a police report for lost property must be presented along with a photocopy of the lost Passport: if there is no photocopy, a Birth Certificate must be presented or other certificate stating the Cuban citizenship. 
 
In the procedures are followed by mail, a bank-certified cheque must be sent, accompanied by a self-addressed envelope bearing enough postage for the documents to be returned to the applicant by Certified Mail.  A new Passport will not be delivered if the expired Passport has not been sent. Please do not mail cash.  
 
Applications for new Passports must be made two months before the date of intended travel. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE FORM.

-Signature must be clear and in black ink.
-Form will be invalidated if presented with additions, erasures or crossed-out entries.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 
All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque. Cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.  

REFERENCES FOR FILLING OUT THE FORM:

All information requested must be filled in, and in the case of any negative answer or blank space, a horizontal line should be drawn. Should any space be left blank, it will be interpreted as “No answer”.
The abbreviations used in the Migratory Classification upon departure from Cuba section have the following meanings:

            • Asto. Oficial:  Official Matter
            • PVT:                         Temporary Travel Permit
            • PRE:                         Permission for Residency Abroad
            • PSI:                          Permission for Indefinite Departure
            • PVE:                         Permission to Travel Abroad
            • Permiso de emigración     Permission to Emigrate

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Passport Extension:

Applications in person at the Consulate:

1. Passport must be presented.
2. Filled-out application form.
3. One color photo, front view, ears showing, not wearing dark glasses or any head covering. 
4. Payment of the Consular fee for this service, in cash or by bank certified cheque. 
5. Consular Registration Card must be presented.

Applications by mail:

1. Passport mailed-in.
2. Filled-out application form.
3. One color photo, front view, not wearing dark glasses or any head covering. 
4. Payment of the Consular fee for this service, in cash or by bank certified cheque.  Cash sent by mail will not be accepted. 
5. A self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage for the Passport to be sent to the applicant by certified mail.
6. Photocopy of the Consular Registration Card.

 Attention:

Cuban Passports are valid for a total of 6 years and may be extended for two years every two years.  Passport extensions are made once every two years and, to have the right for a second extension, payment for the right to the first extension must have been made.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

Instructions for filling out the form:

-Signature must be clear and in black ink.
-Form will be invalidated if presented with additions, erasures or crossed-out entries.

 References to the filling out of the form:

All information requested must be filled in, and in the case of any negative answer or blank space, a horizontal line should be drawn. Should any space be left blank, it will be interpreted as “No answer”.

The abbreviations used in the Migratory Classification upon departure from Cuba have the following meanings:

• AO                        Official Matter 
 • PVT:                      Temporary Travel Permit
• PRE:                         Permission for Residency Abroad
• PSI:                          Permission for Indefinite Departure
• PVE:                         Permit to Travel Abroad
• Permiso de emigración     Permit to Emigrate  

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Identity and Travel Document:

The identity and travel document replaces the passport when the latter has been lost or stolen and is only used to return to Cuba:

To be presented:

- Police report if this is the case of a lost Passport
- Photocopy of the lost Passport, airline ticket or exit permit.
- One color Passport-size photo
- Record of Permission for Residency Abroad or Permission for Temporary Travel.

 The following information must be provided:

- Full name:
- Sex:
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Skin color:
- Colour of Eyes:
- Colour of Hair:
- Height:
- Reasons for departure from the country:
- Exit Date from Cuba:
- Name of Mother and Father:
- Return Date to Cuba:

The pertinent Consular fee must be paid for the service by cheque or in cash: if the application is being made by mail, sufficient postage must be provided for the return of the document.

 NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 
All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque. Cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.    

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Extension of Permission to Travel Abroad (PVE)

Upon departure from Cuba, the Immigration Service stamps the Cuban Passport with a Permission to Travel Abroad that has a normal duration of 30 days from the date of departure from Cuba.  If the Passport holder decides to remain abroad for longer than one month, they must request an extension of Permission to Travel from the Consulate. 

Up to 10 Extensions of Permission to Travel may be made.

Applications in person at the Consulate:

1. Passport.
2. Payment of the Consular fee for this service, in cash or by bank certified cheque. 

Applications by mail:

1. Passport
2. Payment of the Consular fee for this service, in cash or by bank certified cheque. 
3. A stamped self-addressed envelope to send the passport to the applicant. 


NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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Extension for longer than eleven months:

Applications in person at the Consulate:

1. Present a medical certificate if the application is due to health reasons, otherwise, an application must have been made for Permission for Residency Abroad at the Consulate.
2. Fill out the form.
3. Present a valid Cuban Passport.
4. Present the Consular Registration Card or its photocopy. 
5. Payment of Consular fee for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque for the Extension application.
6. Payment of Consular fee for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque per month to be extended at the time of receiving authorization of Immigration from Cuba through the Consulate. 

Applications by mail:

1. Present medical certificate if the application is due to health reasons, otherwise, an application must have been made for Permission for Residency Abroad at the Consulate. In any case, an explanation of the reason for the extension application must be given.

2. Fill out the form.

3. A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of the valid Cuban Passport (pages containing the Passport Number, personal information, validity dates, official Cuban stamp indicating the migratory category).

4. A photocopy of the Consular Registration Card.

5. Payment of the Consular fee for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque for the application for the procedure.

6. Upon receiving authorization from Cuba, the applicant will be notified and they must pay for the service in cash or by bank certified cheque per month to be extended. 

 Once you have received authorization, you may make up to a three-month extension.  The permission expires at the end of these three months. 

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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Permission for Residency Abroad (PRE):
(Change in travel category to Permission for Residency Abroad)
 
In general, the travel category of Residency Abroad is granted to Cuban citizens who are married to citizens of other countries and who do not reside on the Island. 

The following steps must be taken:

 I. Transcript and formalizations of marriages performed before French authorities must be presented at the Consulate.  If these have not yet been done, a request for such documentation must be made to the Consulate. 

 II. Applying for change in travel category to Permission for Residency Abroad,  the Cuban spouse must effectuate the following procedures with the Consulate:
 
1. Attached forms to be filled out as indicated.

2. Four (4) photos. 

3. Present a request letter addressed to Immigration.

4. Photocopy of Passport.

5. Photocopy of French residency document.

6. Full name and address of a Cuban reference. 

7. If there is no Passport, a photocopy of the Birth Certificate.  Payment of Consular fees for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque. 

8. Payment of Consular fee for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque for the CCV application for PRE and at the time of receiving an affirmative answer from the competent Cuban authorities, payment of the Consular fee for this service must be paid in cash or by bank certified cheque.

9. Extensions for Permission to Travel Abroad should have been made at the Consulate, and these should appear in the photocopy of the Passport that has been delivered. 

10. If the marriage took place in Cuba, the original Marriage Certificate must be presented, legalized by MINREX, issued no longer than two years prior.

 In the case this application is being made for a Minor, the original Birth Certificate must be attached. 

The Consulate will send all the documentation cited above to the Dirección de Asuntos Consulares y de Cubanos Residentes en el Exterior (DACCRE) (Department of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad).

If 10 months after departure from Cuba the authorization for the requested Permission for Residency has not arrived, an extension of longer than 11 months can be requested by filling out the form from Immigration, through the Consulate, and once the authorization for the extension has arrived, payment of the Consular fee for this service must be made in cash or by bank certified cheque for each month of authorized time. If the PRE authorization still has not arrived, the applicant must return to Cuba. 

The request for a change in the travel category does not imply the granting of such category automatically. The request can be either rejected or accepted. 

Once the applicant has been granted the permit to live abroad (PRE), he or she can enter or exit Cuba whenever he/she wishes and remain in the national territory for up to 11 months without losing his/her category of Resident Abroad.


Their obligations include:

• Registering in the Cuban Citizens’ Register at the consular office corresponding to their place of residence.

• If they move to another country they must inform the Consular Office where they have been registered and they must also present themselves at the Consular Office which is nearest to their new place of residence in order to register again. 

• In the event they remain for longer than12 consecutive months in Cuba, they will lose the status and will have to request new authorization.

• Non-compliance with any of the obligations may result in rescinding the Permission for Residence Abroad category. 

• Non-compliance with any of the requisites for authorization may result in rescinding the Permission for Residence Abroad category

This permission provides for the following:

• Visiting Cuba whenever they wish without having to process any kind of authorization.

• On every trip made to Cuba, they can stay for a period of 3 months without having to go through any formalities and if needed they can extend their stay three times up to a maximum of 2 months; this will be carried out before the corresponding Migratory Authorities. 

• Foreign family members accompanying them on their trip are granted an A-2 Visa by the consular office and they must present themselves at the immigration offices corresponding to the address where they will be staying, on the day after their arrival on national territory, in order to register their stay and, if needed, to extend their stay in the country after having made a application to the corresponding Migratory Authorities.

• They have the right to possess their property in Cuba; Law 989 of 1961 does not apply to them.

• They have the right to inherit goods from immediate family members.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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Permission for Indefinite Departure:

This is granted to those Cuban citizens who, even though they are married to foreign citizens, do not fulfil all the requisites to obtain the Permission for Residence Abroad.  Those who have the category of Indefinite Departure need to obtain permission every time they travel to national territory; this permission is processed by the consular offices.  

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Passport Authorizations:

Passport Authorizations permit limitless entries into Cuba without the need of any other formalities than the original application.   This allows Cuban emigrants to stay in Cuba for 30 days, a stay that can be extended for a maximum of 30 additional days by making an application in person at the Immigration Office closest to the residence of their family in Cuba. 

This Authorization is not intended for PRE and PSI holders.  These must continue requesting their PRE-3for entry into Cuba.

This authorization procedure is made only once.  When it is granted, it has indefinite validity.  The application can be made at the Cuban Consulate which will be in charge of dispatching it to Cuban Immigration Services, and these will either approve or refuse its granting.  A corresponding form must be filled out.
To be able to travel to Cuba, the authorization must be stamped into the passport of the Cuban citizen.  Even though it may have been approved, it must be entered into the passport in order to be able to enter the country.

Cuban emigrants who left the country prior to 1971 can travel to Cuba with their foreign Passport after requesting the Consulate for the PE-11 permission to enter Cuba. 

In the event the authorization is refused, their family in Cuba can make the application for an entrance permit that would be granted for humanitarian reasons (serious illness or death in the immediate family). This permit can only be requested in Cuba before the migratory authorities by the family of the Cuban citizen who wishes to travel. 

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Entry Permit:

Applications for Entry Permits are only valid for Cuban citizens holding PSI or who will be traveling to Cuba with a Passport other than a Cuban passport, as long as they have left Cuba before 31/12/1970.

If the applicant is requesting an Entry Permit in person at a Consulate, they must:

1. Fill out the attached form.
2. Present their Consular Registration Card.
3. Pay the consular fee for this service in cash or by bank certified cheque for processing the application.
4. Pay the consular fee for this service in cash or with a bank certified cheque, which will be different whether they travel on a Cuban passport or on the Passport from a different country.  At the time of receiving authorization for the Entry Permit, it shall be stamped into their Passport.

If this application is being made by mail, the applicant must:

1. Fill out the attached form.
2. Present a photocopy of their Consular Registration Card. 
3. Pay the consular fee for this service in cash or with a bank certified cheque for processing the application. 
4. After receiving authorization from Cuba, they will be notified and their Passport must be sent in to be stamped with the Permit, as well as payment of the consular fee for this service in cash of with a bank certified cheque; this shall depend on whether they are travelling on their Cuban Passport or on a Passport from another country.
           
After entry into Cuba has been authorized, they have three months to travel to Cuba.  At the end of these three months, the permit expires and it will be necessary to make a new application. 

The Entry Permit granted by Cuban Immigration is valid for one entry and one departure from Cuba.  If you wish to extend your stay, you must make an application at the Immigration Office closest to where you are living in Cuba. 
The Immigration Office of the Republic of Cuba has stipulated that it is an essential requisite for entry into the country for all Cuban citizens who are residents abroad to present their document of residency in the country where they are living along with their entry permit.  
If any one of these documents is not produced, the Cuban citizen living abroad cannot enter Cuba and they will be returned to the country from which they were travelling.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.  

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PE-4 Repatriation Application:

This application must include the following documents:

1. Application form for Permission for Entry, original and copy.
2. Chest X-ray and AIDS Blood Test results
3. Criminal Record
4. Photocopy of Passport

Also:

5. Applicants who are terminally or seriously ill:
Legalized Medical History translated by the Consulate

6. Applicants who are abandoned and without relatives:
Presentation of proof showing that they have no relatives in the country or that they lack the income for their survival in a normal fashion.

7. Applicants who are older than 60:
Documentary proof accrediting that they have complied with the economic resources required according to social security regulations and that they possess all that is established to the effect.

8. The PVE who have surpassed the term of 11 months living abroad. 
Documentary proof that accredits the reasons for not having returned to Cuba.

Consular assessment.

9. In the case of minors who wish to repatriate, without one or both parents, they must present a power of attorney in the name of the person who will assume custody of the minor, authorized by the parent(s) who are not availing themselves of the permission to repatriate. 

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Marriage Abroad:

In order to marry abroad, the Cuban citizen must present:

 I.  For single persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Single Status issued by the Mayor’s Office or effectuated before a Notary. The document must have been issued no longer tan six months prior.

II.  For divorced persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Final Divorce Sentence

III. For widows or widowers:

- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Spouse’s Death Certificate

 These documents must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and by the Embassy of the country in Havana.

With these certifications, the Consulate draws up a Certificate requested by the authorities to formalize the marriage and a payment must be made for consular fees for this service. 

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Marriage Certificate Transcript:

After the marriage ceremony before the authorities of the country, the marriage must be transcribed in the Consulate for its final acknowledgement in Cuba.

 To such effect, the following documents are essential:

1. Photocopies of the birth certificates of both spouses.

2. Entire original marriage certificate, certified and legalized by competent authorities.

3. Application form for transcription of the marriage attached, duly filled out.

4. Photocopy of the Consular Registration Card of the Cuban citizen.

 Payment of the consular fee for this service must be made with bank cheque or in cash, for legalization before the Consulate, translation of the entire document and all the formalities of transcription and registration. This service is always requested in person. 

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Divorce:
  
I. When the divorce proceeds before Cuban authorities

The spouses (or one of them) must request a Special Power for divorce in person before the consular official. Payment for the consular fee is made for this service.

When only one of the spouses presents the divorce application, they must provide the address of the other spouse.  If the spouse’s address is unknown, a statement must be made to that effect.  Documents to be delivered or filled out at the Consulate when presenting the application:

1. Certification of the marriage issued by Cuban authorities and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

2. Certification of the birth of children, issue from the marriage.

3. Make a document of appearance at the Consulate. Payment of the consular fee for this service.

4. At least 2 witnesses must appear to make personal statements. Payment of the consular fee for this service.

5. Consular Registration Card.

 Payment of the consular fee for this service of processing the case.

II. When the divorce sentence has been made by authorities of the country, the spouse(s) will present:

The final divorce sentence duly translated by a notarized translator and legalized in the original and in the translation by the competent authorities of the country.

 Certification of the marriage issued by Cuban authorities.

Subsequently, the divorce sentence is legalized and certified at the Consulate and it is sent to Cuba for its registry recognition at the Ministry of Justice of Cuba.  Payment of the consular fee for this service of legalization of the translation.

 NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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General Power:

Payment of the consular fee for this service.

The applicant is required to always apply in person.

 Information on the Person who is making the Power

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:
 
Information on the Proxy

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence: 

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Special Power:

Payment of the consular fee for this service.
 
The applicant is required to always apply in person.

Information on the Person granting the Power

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

Information on the Proxy

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

Specify IN DETAIL the reasons why you wish to be represented by your proxy.  

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Power for Exit of  a Minor

Payment of the consular fee for this service.
 
The applicant is required to always apply in person.

Information on the Person granting the Power
-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:


Information on the Child

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

 Information on the Person doing the formalities in Cuba (Proxy)

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

 General Information

-          Country to which the applicant is travelling:
-          How long the Applicant will be staying there:
-          Reasons for Trip:
-          Will the child be travelling unaccompanied? : Yes ______ No ______

 
In the event the answer is affirmative, add the following details about the accompanying person:

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Place of Residence: 

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Power for Marriage:

Payment of consular fees for this service.

The applicant is required to always apply in person.

Information on the Person making the Power

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

Information on the Proxy

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:  

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Power for Divorce:

Special Power of Appearance

Payment of consular fees for this service.

The applicant is required to always apply in person.

 Information on the Plaintiff:

-          Full Name:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Names of Parents:
-          Place of Residence:

 Information on the Defendant:

-          Full Name:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Names of Parents:
-          Place of Residence:

 Information on the Marriage:

-          Place where it occurred:
-          Date:
-          Volume:
-          Folio:
-          Civil Registry Office:
-          Province:

 The Marriage Certificate is required.

Other Information:

-          Reasons for the divorce application.
-          Number of children, issue of this matrimonial bond:
(Specify whether these are minors)
Attach Birth Certificate of each.
-          If there is joint property, describe and state the way in which
           this will be divided up after the matrimonial bond has been dissolved.
-          Place where the spouse resides (indicate if the address is unknown).

 Statements by the witnesses
(Two witnesses are necessary)

 Information on the First Witness:

-          Full Name:
-          Nationality
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport:

Information on the Second Witness:

-          Full Name:
-          Nationality
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport:

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Power for Inheritance Declaration:

Payment of Consular fee for this service.

The applicant is required to always apply in person.

Information on the Person making the Power (Heir)

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Marital Status:
-          Profession:
-          Number of Passport or Identity Card:
-          Place of Residence:

Information on the Person Bequeathing the Inheritance

-          Full Name:
-          Sex:
-          Citizenship:
-          Place of Birth:
-          Date of Birth:
-          Date Deceased:
-          Place Deceased:  

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Birth Certificate Transcript:

 

The applicant must present:

1. Completed application form for Birth Certificate Transcript

2. Certification of the original birth certificate, issued by authorities and duly legalized by the country’s competent authorities.

3. Photocopy of the Passport of the Cuban citizen

4. Consular Registration Card of the Cuban father or mother.

5. Payment of the Consular fee for this service, for legalization and translation of the birth certificate and all the formalities of transcripts and registration. 

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Death Certificate Transcript:

When a Cuban citizen dies in another country, the following requisites must be fulfilled:

 -Clearly and legibly fill out an application form for a death certificate transcript which shall be delivered by the Consulate and signed by the relative or the juridical and natural person with legal capacity for it, and also signed by the Consular official.

- Present a Death Certificate issued by the civil registry of the country where the death occurred, and in the event it is written in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated into Spanish, certified and legalized by competent authorities.  It must also be certified and legalized by the Cuban Consular official.  

- The transcript is exempt from payment of any fees, but the consular fee for this service must be paid for the legalizations required by the document.   

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Legalization and certification of Documents

Documents to be used in Cuba for legal procedures must be legalized by the corresponding authorities of the country.
Documents must be translated by a notarized translator and legalized, both the original and the translation, by the competent authorities and then by the Cuban Consulate, or, having the originals legalized by the competent authorities and then having them translated at the Cuban Consulate along with the legalization of the original and the translation.  

Payment of the consular fee must be made for this service.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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Letter of Invitation:

The Letter of Invitation is drawn up by means of an original Notary Document which must be legalized according to the laws of the country where it is made, and it must then be brought before the Consulate General of Cuba where the Inviting Party makes a legal and economic commitment towards the Invited Party, ensuring that he/she will not be without support during their stay and that the expenses for their return trip are guaranteed by the Inviting Party.  This document will contain the following information and statements:

Personal Information of the Inviting Party:
Full name:
Sex:
Nationality:
Place of Birth:
Date of Birth:
Profession or Trade:
Home Address:
Passport Number:

 Personal Information of the Invited Party (The Cuban citizen must be at least 18years of age).

Degree of family relationship or friendship:
Full Names:
Identity Card No.:
Place of Birth:
Date of Birth:
Names of Parents:
Profession or Trade:
Home Address:
Marital Status:
Reason for the Invitation (tourism, establishing residency, family visit, etc.):

The information must be printed in block letters. The form must be accompanied by the legalized original Notary Document which contains the above information and statements.  If these requisites are not fulfilled, Certification of the Invitation cannot proceed.    It shall remain in the Consulate as part of the invitation file to be carried out to that effect.

Also, Cuban Consulates will be authorized to formalize the Invitation in cases of proven first- and second-degree consanguinity (parents, offspring, siblings, grand-parents and grand-children).   In such cases, the form (filled out in block letters) must be presented along with a copy of the birth certificate(s) confirming the first-degree of consanguinity. 

The Invitation will be granted to an Invited Party for one single trip to that country and will remain valid for one year starting on the date of issue of the Certification of the Invitation or the date the Invitation is formalized before the Consul, whichever applies. 

 Payment of the consular fee for this service must be made in cash or with bank certified cheque, depending on the case for Certification of the Invitation or the Letter of Invitation.
 
In the event that the Inviting Party requires a copy of the Notary Document for formalities regarding the Invited Party before the diplomatic mission of their country in Havana,  procedures for the legalization of said copy shall be taken, and/or its official translation, and there will be a payment of consular fees corresponding to those services.

All formalities can be made in person at the Consulate, or by mail.

 If one goes to the Consulate in person, the form must be delivered completely filled out and in a week, one returns to sign the Letter of Invitation.  At that point, the Letter of Invitation is sent to the International Law Offices.

 If applications are done by mail, one must include a self-addressed envelope with enough postage for the Letter of Invitation addressed to the Consulate along with the form.  After the official document has been signed, it must be sent back to the Consulate. 

The procedure will take up to 2 months prior to the Invited Party being able to travel.

As a rule, Cuba grants an Exit Permit that is valid for one month and extendable for up to eleven months at the Consulate starting from the second month after arrival in the country.  Payment of the consular fee for this service must be made in cash or with bank certified cheque by month.   

After the Letter of Invitation has been signed and returned to the Consulate, the Consulate will send it to the International Law Offices, and these will send it on to the Cuban citizen who has been invited (Consulate formalities take approximately 25 days).  The International Law Offices will inform the invited party of the necessary formalities such as requesting a passport and the exit permit before Immigration and Foreigners’ Affairs authorities in their municipality or province.  The invited party must request a visa in Havana from the Consulate of the country to which they will be travelling.

 CONSULAR FEE EXPENSES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular Service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

On national territory, exemptions from the presenting of a Letter of Invitation for personal travel are granted by the Immigration and Foreigners’ Affairs Office (DIE) for the following categories:

1.     Naturalized citizens travelling to their country of origin, as well as their accompanying offspring and spouses. 

2.     Those born abroad travelling to their country of birth, as well as their offspring, parents and spouses accompanying them on their trip.

3.     Those wishing to travel to their parents’, spouses’, offspring’s and grandparents’  country of birth. 

4.     Those able to prove they will be travelling to undergo medical treatment, and their companion, as long as they are able to present the established medical documentation.

 5.     Those wishing to travel for humanitarian reasons or because of the existence of certain exceptional circumstances that warrant doing so.

 6.     Those attending conferences, competitions or other non-official events as long as they have accreditation from the sponsoring body, the corresponding Cuban representative(s), or a Cuban body associated with the event.  

7.     Guests of foreign diplomatic officials accredited in Cuba, as long as they have documentation from the Embassy before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

8.     Parents, spouses and offspring, spouses of offspring and grand-children of foreign temporary or permanent residents whenever they travel to any country in their company and when they travel unaccompanied to their country of origin.  

9.     Those who, without the formal bonds of marriage with foreigners, are in a stable relationship, with joint offspring, and they wish to travel alone or in the company of offspring that are issue of this relationship or any others under their custody.

10.  Guests of foreigners who are in Cuba as part of approved ALBA or other types of official Cuban State programs and the responsible foreign body in Cuba.

11.  Those presenting official proof, duly legalized by the corresponding Cuban diplomatic representative(s), that they are travelling to claim inheritances, pensions or awards abroad. 

12.  Those invited by foreign bodies or NGOs accredited in the country, as long as the  trip is endorsed by a responsible body in Cuba.

13. Those holding passports, permanent or temporary residencies valid in the country to which they are travelling.

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Requesting Documents in Cuba while abroad. 
  
Birth Certificate
Driver’s licence certificate
Single Status Certificate
Legal Capacity for Marriage Certificate
Criminal Record Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Divorce Sentence
Last Will Certificate
Legal Heir Certificate
Immigration movement Certificate
Certificate of non-citizen national status
Certificate of Nationality
Certificate of Citizenship
Certificate issued by Educational Institutions
Baptismal Certificate
Death Certificate
Ascertaining Whereabouts


All requests to Cuba are to follow the same procedure

In person at the Consulate, the following must be presented:

1. Duly filled out form
2. Payment of Consular fee for this service for the application
3. Payment of Consular fee when the document is received

 In applications by mail, the following must be sent:

1. Duly filled out form
2. Payment of Consular fee for this service for the application
3. Payment of Consular fee when the document is received
4. Self-addressed stamped envelope for the document to be sent back.

 If all the information requested cannot be supplied, payment must be made of the Consular fee for this service at the price of the service of the costs of seeking this information in Cuba. 

This certification takes a minimum of 6 months, except for the certificate of criminal records, which can be obtained in 2 months. 

 NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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Transfer of Corps to Cuba /  Transfer of ashes to Cuba

When wishing to transfer to Cuba the corps or ashes of a Cuban citizen who has diseased abroad, we advice the families to contact the nearest Cuban Consulate directly, where they will be informed of the procedures and steps to be followed in this event. 

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Tourist Visa (Tourist Card)

The Tourist Visa or Tourist Card is only for purposes of tourism to Cuba.  It is valid for one single entrance into national territory for a 30-day trip and can be extended for an additional 30 days at the office in the hotel where one has accommodations or with the immigration authority. 

Minors must have their own Tourist Card even if they are travelling under their parents’ passport(s).

To obtain this visa in person at the Consulate, these documents are needed:

-Valid Passport
-Plane Ticket with entry and return dates
-Payment of the Consular fee for this service

These documents are needed to obtain this visa by mail:

-Legible photocopy of valid Passport
-Legible photocopy of plane ticket with entry and return dates
- Payment of the Consular fee for this service
-Stamped self-addressed envelope for the visa to be sent back

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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A-2 Family Visas:

The spouses and children of Cuban citizens holding any other nationality who travel to Cuba and wish to stay at the home of their Cuban relatives must present their Passport and the document attesting to their kinship.

1. Valid Passport.
2. One photo.
3. Form.
4. Photocopy of the Permission for Residency Abroad (PRE) or the Marriage Certificate of the Cuban citizen. 
Payment of the consular fee for this service in cash of with a bank certified cheque if the Cuban citizen possesses the PRE or authorization. 

If this application is made by mail, the applicant must present:

1. Valid Passport
2. One photo
3. Form
4. Photocopy of the Permission for Residency Abroad (PRE) or the Marriage Certificate of the Cuban citizen. 
5- Stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of his/her Passport.

The applicant is required to pay the consular fee for this service in cash or  through a bank certified cheque.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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D-6 or Press Visa

Press Visa must be requested by the applicant from the press office of the Cuban Embassy and after approval is communicated to the consulate, the applicant will visit the consulate during normal business hours. 

Documents to be presented:
-Valid passport
-One photo
-Completed Visa Application Form
-Payment of the consular fee for this service

If this application is made by mail, the following must be sent:

-Valid passport
-One photo
-Completed Visa Application Form
-Payment of the consular fee for this service
- Stamped self-addressed envelope for the Passport to be returned.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

For Visas processed by bodies and institutions in Cuba through the Cuban Immigration Office, the applicant must contact the consulates and check whether authorization was received.  

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Business Visa

Business visas must be requested by applicants from the corresponding office at the Cuban Embassy and after approval has been communicated to the Consulate, the applicant will visit the Consulate during normal business hours.

Documents to be presented:
-Valid passport
-One photo
-Completed Visa Application Form
-Payment of the consular fee for this service

If this application is made by mail, the following must be sent:

-Valid passport
-One photo
-Completed Visa Application Form
-Payment of the consular fee for this service
- Stamped self-addressed envelope for the Passport to be returned.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

For Visas processed by bodies and institutions in Cuba through the Cuban Immigration Office, the applicant must contact the consulates and check whether authorization was received. 

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Other visas:

There are other types of visas, which are issued depending on the objective of the trip to be made, namely: student’s visa and event visas (visas issued to persons attending events held in the country), among others. To apply for one of these, the applicant is required to contact the Cuban Consulate in the country he/she is from and request information on these other visas.

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Application for Permanent Residency in Cuba:

Applications for PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS will be drawn up by the interested foreigner at the consulates, accompanied by:

1- Birth Certificate

2- Certificate of Regular Residency (A document certifying or accrediting the applicant’s place of residence. This can be issued by the Police, Mayor’s Office or other official institution.)

3- Chest X-ray, blood and AIDS test results. (Tests cannot have been made more than 6 months prior to being presented to the Consulate.  There is only one blood test and it is the same one conducted in Cuba.  These tests may be done directly in Cuba as long as they are done in hospitals and clinics specializing in the care of foreigners, even though the DIE prefers that they are part of the file sent by the Consulate)

4- Proof of technical and practical capacity (for those older than 16 and younger than 60).  (These may be certificates for courses, years of working experience, certificates for technical levels, certificates referring to a trade or occupation, as well as retirement).

5- Economic solvency (The bank account holder must be the foreigner-applicant and it constitutes a guarantee for them and the family.  If the DIE does not grant the requested visa, the account maybe closed whenever the applicant desires.  The bank account may be opened from abroad in a Cuban bank, as long as the certification is acknowledged and issued by the Cuban bank.  The account opened in a Cuban bank must have a balance of at least 5,000.00 CUC.)

6- Certification of criminal record in the country of residence.   (When presenting this to the Consulate, it must have been issued by the official institution no longer than 3 months prior.)

7- A letter stating the reasons for the application.

8- Two passport-size photos, front view.

9- Photocopy of the Passport with certification of its comparison with the original at the Cuban Consulate.

10- Payment of the consular fee for this service in cash or with bank certified cheque.

 
FOR THE UNDER-AGE CHILDREN OF FOREIGN CITIZENS

• Father’s or mother’s Power of Attorney, translated and legalized by the Consulate. 

• Minor’s Birth Certificate, translated and legalized by the Consulate.  

Note: Documents must be translated by a notarized translator and legalized, both the original and the translation, by the competent authorities and then by the Cuban Consulate, or, having the originals legalized by the competent authorities and then having them translated at the Cuban Consulate along with the legalization of the original and the translation.  

The DIE will emit its answer about granting permanent residence or not within 3 to 6 months.  This type of visa is only granted at Cuban Consulates abroad.   

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Legalization and certification of Documents

Documents to be used in Cuba for legal procedures must be legalized by the corresponding authorities of the country.
Documents must be translated by a notarized translator and legalized, both the original and the translation, by the competent authorities and then by the Cuban Consulate, or, having the originals legalized by the competent authorities and then having them translated at the Cuban Consulate along with the legalization of the original and the translation.  

Payment of the consular fee must be made for this service.

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant.   

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Marriage Abroad

To marry abroad, the Cuban citizen must present:

 I.  For single persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Single Status issued by the Mayor’s Office or effectuated before a Notary. The document must have been issued no longer tan six months prior.

II. For divorced persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Final Divorce Sentence

III. For widows or widowers:

- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Spouse’s Death Certificate

 These documents must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and by the Embassy of the country in Havana.

With these certifications, the Consulate draws up a Certificate requested by the authorities to formalize the marriage and a payment must be made for consular fees for this service.
 
For transcription of the marriage in the Civil Registry of Cuba:

After having contracted matrimony before the authorities of the country, it must be transcribed in this Consulate for its final recognition in Cuba.

 To such effect, the following documents are essential:

1. Photocopies of the birth certificates of both spouses.
2. The entire original marriage certificate, certified and legalized by the competent authorities.
3. Application form for transcription of marriage attached, duly filled out.
4. Photocopy of the Consular Registration Card of the Cuban citizen.

 Payment of the consular fee for this service by certified bank cheque or in cash, for legalization by the Consulate, translation of the entire document and all the transcription and registration procedures. 

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

IMPORTANT: If formalities are done by mail, an envelope with enough postage to return the documents must be included. Payment must be made by bank cheque.  

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Marriage in Cuba:

These ceremonies are hold at the International Law Offices

I.  For single persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Single Status issued by the Mayor’s Office or effectuated before a Notary. The document must have been issued no longer tan six months prior.

II. For divorced persons:

- Birth Certificate
- Final Divorce Sentence

III. For widows or widowers:

- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Spouse’s Death Certificate

These documents must be translated by a notarized translator and legalized, the original and the translation, by competent authorities and subsequently by the Cuban Consulate, or, having the originals legalized by the competent authorities and then having them translated at the Cuban Consulate along with the legalization of the original and the translation.  

Payment of the consular fee must be made for this service.
 

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular Service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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Divorce:

I. When the divorce proceeds before Cuban authorities

The spouses (or one of them) must request a Special Power for divorce in person before the consular official. Payment is made for this service for the consular fee.

When only one of the spouses presents the divorce application, they must provide the address of the other spouse.  If the spouse’s address is unknown, a statement must be made to that effect.  Documents to be delivered or filled out at the Consulate when presenting the application:

1. Certification of the marriage issued by Cuban authorities and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

2. Certification of the birth of children, issue from the marriage.

3. Make a document of appearance at the Consulate. Payment of the consular fee for this service.

4. At least 2 witnesses must appear to make personal statements. Payment of the consular fee for this service.


 The applicant is required to pay the consular fee for this service of processing the case.

II. When the divorce sentence has been made by authorities of the country, the spouse(s) will present:

The final divorce sentence duly translated by a notarized translator and legalized in the original and in the translation by the competent authorities of the country.

 Certification of the marriage issued by Cuban authorities.

Subsequently, the divorce sentence is legalized and certified at the Consulate and it is sent to Cuba for its registry recognition at the Ministry of Justice of Cuba.  Payment of the consular fee for this service of legalization of the translation.

 NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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Household Pets Declaration:

For a household pet to travel to Cuba, one must request a certificate from the Consulate.

Documents needed:

- Animal’s Passport showing all vaccinations up-to-date
- Health Certificate for the animal’s trip (Request this from a veterinarian)
- Certificate of good health
- Photocopy of the Passport of the person travelling with the animal
- Payment of the consular fee for this service

By mail:

- Animal’s Passport showing all vaccinations up-to-date
- Health Certificate for the animal’s trip (Request this from a veterinarian)
- Certificate of good health
- Photocopy of the Passport of the person travelling with the animal
- Payment of the consular fee for this service
- Stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the documents

NOTE: If the application is made by mail or via a third party, an extra consular fee will be charged for the pertinent Consular service. 

 All payments must be made in cash or by a bank certified cheque.  All cash sent by mail will be refused and returned at the risk of the applicant. 

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