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Apply for permanent residence in Cuba

by Liz
(Ontario, Canada)

I am a Canadian citizen and want to live in Cuba with my boyfriend. He says that if I marry him, it is fine if I live with him in Cuba. It is too difficult and an expensive process to sponsor him to come to Canada. If I apply for permanent residence in Cuba, can I leave Cuba at any time I want? (I don't want to be trapped in the country like the Cubans) Also how can I support myself there? It's around 700 CUC for a decent apartment.

Answer by Vic, webmaster
As a Canadian citizen you are privileged. The Cuban tourist visa for a Canadian citizens is valid for 90 days and can be extended once for another 90 days period, than you have to leave the country for at least 48 hours and can start with a new tourist visa. As a matter of fact you can stay almost half a year in Cuba on your tourist visa, of course you have to leave the country after each period of 180 days. Most foreigners travel for a weekend to Cancun (Mexico) or to the Bahamas. (air tickets round 350-500 cuc). Note that other foreigners have to leave Cuba after a period of 60 days (2x 30 days). There are foreigners living in Cuba who travel six times per year back and forth, after time it is expensive, so a permanent residence in Cuba can be a solution, but has its disadvantages too, there is a lot of red tape!

1) You have to make a deposit of 5,000 CUC in a Cuban bank as a guarantee.
2) Officially married to a Cuban citizen.
3) Pass a medical examination.
4) Prove that you have a residence, normally the house of the "Cuban partner".
5) Prove that you have sufficient income to live in Cuba (e.g. Salary, pension, income from abroad.
Note: when you get a Cuban permanent residence you are subject to Cuban laws, you get a Cuban identity card (carnet), a libreta (ration book) are allowed to pay in CUP (peso national) BUT,... to leave the country you need to apply for a Cuban exit visa. You can negociate a long term rent of a "casa particular" starting from 650-700 cuc per month, don't expect any luxury for this price.
In general Cuba is not a cheap country for foreigners. Your major problem will be your income. Forget it to find work in Cuba.
Even if you can find work on the island you are paid by the government according to Cuban standards, this means 400-600 Cup per month (10-25$). Before you jump be sure to have a decent income source from abroad. GOOD LUCK!


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May 27, 2016
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by: Rosa

I was born in Cuba and came to USA in1954 I am an American sitizen I would like to know if my son is able to obtain residence in Cuba base on my nacionality ? Or do I have to be a residence in Cuba ?
I will apreciate any information that you can give me
Thank you in advance

May 14, 2016
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A woman wants to live in Cuba permanently. NEW
by: Turin Chan (Ms)

Hi, I am living in Hong Kong. I want to live in Cuba permanently without marriage. I am 52 years old divorced woman. Can I apply from the Government to have a small store selling business in Cuba? If I rent a small house by the seaside, how much is the rent?

Jan 04, 2016
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Must be married to a Cuban !!! NEW
by: K Sloane Hernandez

You won't get PR or be able to buy property without marrying a Cuban. To get PR you must be married to a Cuban. Only Cubans can own property in Cuba at this time

Jan 04, 2016
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PRcard NEW
by: Anonymous

I am Canadian want to purchase business or property and want Permanent resident card without marriage to Cuban,

Jan 01, 2016
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Living back in Cuba NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello, I was born in Cuba in 1963 and left the island with my parents in 1966. I would like to go back to live there. What and whom do I have start.

Oct 18, 2015
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Live in Cubs NEW
by: Anonymous

I and my wife are British citizens who would like to relocate and live in Cuba, what are the restrictions

Oct 18, 2015
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Live in Cubs NEW
by: Anonymous

I and my wife are British citizens who would like to relocate and live in Cuba, what are the restrictions

May 04, 2015
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by: Meko

How do I get permanent residence in Cuba without getting married?

Dec 28, 2014
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UK citizen/Married to a Cuban ? Permanent Residency NEW
by: K Hernandez

Hi i married my Cuban husband in June 2014,taking voluntary early retirement from the nhs in march 2015, would like to Apply for Permanent Residency. I will have my pension & im solvent.
I realise the requirements including 5000 cuc in a Cuban bank, ??
Can this be done from the UK ??????
Please Help; any information is gratefully received
K

Nov 04, 2014
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advice me NEW
by: khalid

Hy. My name is khalid .iam 25 yearsold . Iam from palastin . But I born and I lived all my live in saudi arabi. And I did not go out from it . Iam sorry my english is not very good . I have a palastin passbort . My live in saudi arabia is very defcult. That becuse iam not saudi . Here I can not work or live as a human . Just becuse iam not soudi . All my family have born here in jeddha - and all these years no one from them take the natunality . That means every day there is no freedom for me . I can not be a sport man or any thing just becuse ia not soudi . Dear sir , I know that there is no jop in cupa mybe hard live. . But I am planing to live and work in cupa . And I will do my best , what I have to do to go there. Please advie my .

Jun 18, 2014
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get PR NEW
by: Anonymous

mi name is asif and i from india.bt i wnt to get setlled with my wife in cuba..i want PR..tell me the easy solution..pls rply soon

May 26, 2010
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by: angie

hi there,
I have exhausted every avenue of this area i am australian and to immigrate my man out of cuba was basically impossible i spent 1000 dollars on invitations and the start of processing 3000 on phone calls and lawyers and got nowhere it just goes on and on and then your responsible for them and will they really be happy in our world? then i couldnt even get his visiting visa safely to him as i had to pay it in australia and send it to him and he never received it..i payed he never received.. i also thought of living in cuba as i truly love him and love cuba .. but you have to realise you have to give up your life you will have to live like a cuban and ask to leave you will not have the luxurys that you have now which seems in the beginning romantic but be true to yourself can you live like a cuban?... and there government wont let you work there its imposible and if you manged to somehow probably illegally which is dangerous and once your under there rules they control you remember that its not a democracy can you live off 10-25 cuc a month honestly? you can not own an apartment and you will pay the price to rent one... the only way is to work 6 months in canada and stay 6 months in cuba but this is endless to and you want to have a good paying job as i tried to work this out and how do you leave jobs for 6 months a year.. the only way is if you have a pension or a thriving businesss that pays you when your not at work and if you have this lucky you... good luck i wish you the best.... i finally after 12 months said to my man i cannot do this i do not have the money or means to achieve this miracle cause this is what it is ... i wish you all the best good luck ....
ANSWER
Note that sending a visa or any other document to Cuba, is allways a risk, most of the post is opened or does never arrive. Only one reliable solution: use DHL courrier service, you have internet tracking and get a receipt.
Normally a Cuban citizen is allowed to leave Cuba.
When he/she get no permit to leave, there's a reason. Skilled people e.g. doctors, nurses, teachers, computer technicians etc. may only leave after 5 years. The rationale is that the State has invested a lot in their education.
When a Cuban has a criminal record he/she can only 10 years after the facts leave the country.
Note: criminal can be "activist", drug trafficking, jinetero, meat smuggling, blackmarket etc etc. When the Cuban does not get a visa from the inviting country, he will not get the Cuban exit visa. So there can be plenty of reasons.

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