Since January 22, 2024, the Spanish Consulate in Cuba has allowed Cubans to keep their original documents when carrying out consular procedures.
This step, which begins with the effect of presenting legible copies, represents a lot of relief for those who want to legalize their official documentation.
Currently, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs is facing major delays in the legalization of documents.
The decision of the Consulate General of Spain in Havana comes at an important moment.
In the past, Cubans had to deliver original documents, which created uncertainty and added difficulties, considering the delay in legalizing documents by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This measure is particularly relevant in the context of the Democratic Memory Law, which has been in force since October 2022. The demand for consular services, such as obtaining Spanish nationality, has increased.
Ernesto Soberón, general director of Consular Affairs and Cubans Living Abroad (DACCRE), acknowledged in March of last year a significant delay in the legalization of documents, saying that this is a 16% increase in demand compared to last year.
This situation has intensified since the approval of the Democratic Memory Law, which opened new doors for Cubans seeking Spanish nationality.
The possibility of keeping original documents when going to consular appointments represents a great relief for many Cubans.
This flexibility reduces the anxiety associated with the delivery of important documents and improves the efficiency of the process.
In addition, it improves the experience of citizens in their interactions with foreign government agencies.
Moreover, this step was positively received in a country where legalizing a document can be a long and tedious process.
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