The Cuban government announced on Tuesday that come January 13, its citizens will no longer need to apply for an exit visa to travel, work, and live abroad. The policy, which has been in place since the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, was designed to prevent the draining of human capital from the country’s fragile economy. Cuban citizens may now stay abroad as long as two years (11 months, under the previous policy) before losing their right to citizenship and access to the country’s universal health-care system. Under the United States’ “Wet foot/Dry foot” policy, anyone that flees Cuba and reaches U.S. soil can qualify for legal permanent resident status and eventually citizenship. It is currently unknown what Cuba’s eased restrictions and normalized relations with the U.S. will have on the policy.
Via New York Times