Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 15, 2012


QUESTION: Did the U.S. grant a visa to Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Raul Castro? Were certain laws waived that prevent officials of the Cuban Government from receiving visas?

ANSWER: We do not discuss specific details of individual visa cases; visa records are confidential under U.S. law. The rules and procedures for adjudicating visa applications are established under U.S. law and Department regulations. Each visa request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is no blanket ban on issuing visas to Cuban Government officials.



PRN: 2012/768