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What are the odds of succeeding in immigrating a cuban

by Jewel
(Brisbane Austalia)

Hi victor, I have written once before and are still trying to bring my cuban fiancee to Australia. first I have been trying to bring him as a tourist to see if he likes it and can make the adjustment and to do this we have to get all the paperwork to Mexico and so far have had no luck as he cant send money out of the country and also only earns little money as all cubans.. i finally found out i could pay his visa in australia so i did this and then had to send him the receipt which never arrived is the post un reliable in cuba ... in the meantime i found out i could of applied for a fiancee visa.. but this is very costly and no guarantees like everything in this matter and then theres the invitation that i have signed and had a notary sign that says i would return him in 11 months so therefore would the fiancee visa and cost be a waste of time and money?/ i am only an working class female with no assets of high value so I am wondering if it will actually be impossible and will cuba actually let him go and how much will they want total for this privelege as everything to do with a foreigner always seems to be at a tripple rate and I've heard they can still denie it even after you pay out all the cash for everything.. I would love to return to cuba and live there but I know that the rules on this are also impossible unlesss I am basically wealthy with an on going income...so is this love story just a impossible dream for both of us ?/ and now as time ticks on the invitation runs out in august and apparently the visa for a fiancee can take up to 6 months to be approved and then he needs a medical and lawyers or notarys to witness this and i think thats around 1,000 cuc does it ever end .. of course he just wants me to return as we have been apart for nearly a year now but even for me to visit is hard as i have to give up work which is a little scarse at the moment put my belongings in storage and find my dog a home and only to have to return in 2 months if they dont extend my visa so anyways is their a solution or is it just an imposible dream to be together?? is it less cruel to let him go and he can get on with his life as he knows it and meet a cuban girl and have children as also would he ever really be happy in Australia especially when we would have to save for years to ever return to see his family ?? any info would be appreciated AJ

ANSWER by Vic Webmaster Havana-guide.com

Well, Jewel! About this topic I can tell you hundreds of stories, most of them are not easy and there are lots of factors why some Cuban-Foreigner marriages or relations succeed and other not. I give a few highlights but it's up to you to decide.
1)This is really important, are the intentions of your fiancee honest? I know this sounds cruel, but it's good to know that many Cubans fake love and try to escape poverty by marriage. Only time can proof this, so don't rush, take your time proceed slowly.
2) The invitation of a Cuban is NOT cheap,
it is not only the notary document (cost 140cuc) but you also have to pay, the passport, medical examination and the exit visa (I think 200-250 cuc). When he has his passport, he needs a visa of the inviting country (Australia)(again$$)and he has to show his plane ticket (return)($$$) before he get's his exit visa. The whole procedure can take 6 months up to more than one year, with a total cost of 1,500-2,000 USD. Don't forget the risks, you have signed the Cuban notary document that you will bear full responsibility for your invited Cuban. Note that most inviting countries ask you to sign a similar document and in some countries you have to proof you solvability before you can invite the Cuban. (Don't know what the rules are in Australia, but you better check!). I know the complete procedure and it's not easy, it took me more than one year and 2,500 USD to get a Cuban visitor for a 3 month trip to Europe.
3) When you send important documents to Cuba, NEVER use the regular post services, even registered post. Most of the post never arrives, a lot of post is opened (in search for money). The only reliable service is DHL courrier services, you can track your parcel or letter via the internet and you get a confirmation of the arrival. But not a cheap solution.

Cuba, does NOT allow the export of foreign money
or values and CUC (peso convertible) is not accepted outside Cuba. There's a very tight control on money transfers.
Final Advise: Think carefully about all the steps, go slowly, think not only about the emotional concequences (love) but also about the financial and legal concequences. Some foreigners have found love and friendship, but on the other hand many have found emotional and financial disaster. But eventually it's your decision. Wish you all the best! Good luck

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Sep 04, 2015
What are the odds of succeeding in immigrating a cuban NEW
by: Anonymous

I know a Cuban couple who came here on the grounds that they talked up against things they felt were unjustifiable in Cuba. The outcome was they discovered themselves needing to escape for their lives for doing something Americans do constantly, simply talking their brain and attempting to improve things.
Write My Essay .All you need to do in Cuba to be a criminal is can't help contradicting Castro, and have somebody gotten some answers concerning it and turn you in. I wouldn't have any desire to experience some place I needed to watch what I said all the time either, or face the manifestly obvious danger of death.

May 09, 2012
Negativity is to be ignored.
by: Trish

To the lovely ladies in the same boat as me,,truly in love with a cuban who is equally in love and doesn't care WHERE we end up,as long as it's together. YES,, GO FOR IT,,the money you spend,will be well worth it for that kind of love. Very important to the sensitive people who wear their heart on their sleeve; ignore negative comments and doubtful persons who know you. They judge by stereotype and rumours well guess what. Got 2 stories for you.
1) Canadian woman marries cuban,,keeps him trapped at home while she works. Feeling imprisoned and useless,cuban refuses to live that way and she kicks him out. He sleeps at bus stop for 3 days until finally gets in touch with a cuban friend who pays his way back home.
2) Canadian woman marries cuban,claims to love him deeply. Arrives with him at home and introduces him to her parents as an EMPLOYEE OF THE HOUSE. He ends up being a slave,,doesn't even get paid...runs away and once again knows another good friend in the same city who helps him get back home.

(stereotypes; my fiance is terrified that this will happen to him and im terrified that he will just use me once he's here,but we have confidence and trust and we're going for it anyway)


Apr 04, 2011
Instict of Survival versus Love
by: Anonymous

I read many of the comments below and alas can confirm that Cuban who are genuine and resourceful stay in Cuba. Indeed Cuban culture is special and, I lived in Cuba for a year with my husband and his family, I not only had fallen in love with my husband but did with the land. And, as said earlier by a Cuban man, do not get mistaken: when a Cuban (man or woman) decides to leave for a better live, s/he knows what will be left behind (for a while may be a long while) and therefore are prepared to 'endure' whatever it takes to 'make it' in the new land including self-sacrifice in pretenting being in love. I know, I have been married for 7 years only to find out the moquery of my marriage and the love (with everything else) I gave to my husband. One cannot negate that some connection developed and survived overtime, but that is not love, that is not commitment, that is not sincerity and that is infidelity, pretenting, deceit and so on goes the list. It is not worthest - yes Cuban are exhuberant, exotic, cultivated and charming. They're fantastic dancers, musicians but cultural differences, imposed self-efficiency from early age (escuelas de campo, el PRE, university etc) and the eternel 'lucha' which brings the instinct or need for survival superseding any other values... Immigration costs are nothing compare to your self and emotional losses..... I am not bitter as meeting my husband has given me the wonderful experience to know beautiful people, to better know myself, to experience a dream-relationship... but when then, there is the 'real' reality: you stay with the hurts and scars when s/he moves on in their new life just fresh as a rose.... think about it: aren't you deserving the best too???so, don't give yourself away, But you might just be one lucky one (rarissimo)

Dec 26, 2010
I am in the same boat!
by: Aussie mamita

Hi Jewel,

I was just doing a search to try to find more info on how to get my Cuban fiancee to Australia and found your post. I am also from Brisbane, I wonder if we know each other!

I have only just started looking into how to get him over here so don't have a lot of info yet. We are planning to get married in a few months, as soon as I can save enough money to go back to Cuba and pay the marriage costs (just a basic civil ceremony). Once we are married we figure they won't be able to deny him a visa. I know it will still take a long time and a lot of money to get him over, but am hoping not more than 6 months from when we apply...do you think this is unrealistic???

I am really curious to know how you went with your Cuban, did you end up getting him out here? What did you have to do to get him to Australia? And how is it working out?? I really hope that you have been successful, as there don't seem to be too many positive stories out there. I have read a lot of negative stuff about marrying a Cuban which can be very disheartening, however I would like to believe there are also some genuine, honest Cubans out there who do sincerely love their foreign partners and are marrying for the right reasons.

I lived with my fiancee and his parents for 6 weeks, they adopted me like part of the family....his parents love me and have kept in touch since I left Cuba (3 months ago). Living with them, I basically lived the Cuban life, so got to experience a bit of what daily life is like for them, including the many frustrations and lack of basics that we take for granted.

My fiancee speaks English quite well and I speak Spanish almost fluently, so I also feel positive that language will not be a big barrier for us. The culture is definitely a big difference, but we have spoken about it a lot so I think he understands it will be a big challenge. He is very motivated to work hard and is also very keen to get to know my family (he is an extremely family-oriented person), so I have high hopes that in time he will adapt. It will definitely be hard for him to leave his family as they are very close, but they know he loves me and say that is the only reason they are willing to let him go.

Jewel, I would really love to talk to you more about this if you are willing - I wonder if there is any way I can message you privately? It would really help to have some first-hand info on someone who has been through the same thing, especially considering we are both from Brisbane!

Mar 04, 2010
Jewel Wise Up, Do Yourself A Favour And Donate To The Needy Instead!
by: Carlos


For your peace of mind leave him in Cuba.

No Cuban man or woman for that matter ever settles in Europe or Canada or Australia. They ar coming from a very close knit culture.

First you have the language barrier and the unique Cuban way of life.

I travelled for my studies. I did not use a woman. I can say that all of my friends who have emigrated to Canada and Europe did so as a means to another life, to escape poverty.

None of them loved the woman, they used her. Cuban men are masters at the art of deception. Using a gullible woman is a lot easier and a whole lot cheaper than paying on the black market for a raft to Miami. Chances are they will not even arrive when they try that.

So save yourself emotional and financial bankruptcy and leave your man in Cuba. Believe me he already has another tourist or two in the year you have been apart. I know because I am a Cuban man.

If you have spare cash to invest send it to a local orphanage or to Haiti which is desperate for food and shelter.

Feb 20, 2010
Be Very Very Careful Jewell
by: Sylvie

Hi Jewel,

I read your post and also Vic's reply.

Think twice before inviting a Cuban man to your country, does'nt matter if it's Australia, Canada or Europe.

First off Cuba is a very unique closeknit culture. They never ever settle. I have seen it so many times.

A woman I know, a travel editor on Elle magazine purchased and yes I say purchased a con man from Santiago.

She paid $2,5000 to get him to London, on top of that she had to pay for air fare and she has been supporting this charmer for the last 10 years.

Soon as he arrived he hit the night clubs, saw himself as a musician! yeah right!. Then he tried his hand as a D.J. But all the time she is maintaining him.

Every night he is out clubbing and chasing women and she is home babysitting.

Think very carefully before you spend a small fortune on what could lead to heartbreak and financial ruin.

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