Parole Process | FAQs

PAROLE PROCESS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR CUBANS U.S. EMBASSY HAVANA How is the Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP) different than the new parole process?   The Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP) allows immigrant visa beneficiaries with an approved immigrant visa petition filed by a qualifying family member to come to the United States without waiting for an immigrant visa …

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U.S. Embassy Havana Hosts the Cuban American Youth Orchestra (CAYO)

U.S. Embassy Havana Press Release Havana, Cuba January 20, 2023 On January 19, the U.S. Embassy in Havana hosted a performance by the Cuban American Youth Orchestra (CAYO) at the residence of the Chargé d’Affaires. The program highlighted the strong cultural ties between the United States and Cuba, and featured a rousing performance, where both …

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Information on the Parole Application Process

Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced processes through which nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and their immediate family members, may request to come to the United States in a safe and orderly way through a parole program. Cubans who fail to apply for the parole program and who attempt to cross the U.S. southern …

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DHS Continues to Prepare for End of Title 42; Announces New Border Enforcement Measures and Additional Safe and Orderly Processes

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare for the end of the Title 42 public health order, which is currently the subject of multiple court orders, and a return to processing all noncitizens under the Department’s Title 8 immigration authorities. To that end, DHS today announced new border enforcement measures to …

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Remarks by President Biden on Border Security and Enforcement

Roosevelt Room 11:54 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hi, everybody. Sorry to keep you waiting. There’s a lot going on. Today, I’d like to — the Vice President and I would like to talk you about how my administration is dealing with our situation in the southwest border. Now, these actions alone that I’m going to …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Border Enforcement Actions

New Measures Leverage Success of Venezuela Enforcement Initiative to Limit Disorderly and Unsafe Migration While the courts have prevented the Title 42 public health order from lifting for now, the Biden-Harris Administration today is announcing new enforcement measures to increase security at the border and reduce the number of individuals crossing unlawfully between ports of …

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Resumption of Visa Services

U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba December 30, 2022 Press Release The United States is working to ensure safe, legal, and orderly migration of Cubans by expanding consular operations in Havana and restarting the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP). As previously announced, beginning January 4, 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa …

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Interview Appointment Rescheduling

Due to scheduling adjustments, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba has rescheduled all interviews originally scheduled on January 3rd, 2023, to December 29th, 2022. For those applicants with interviews scheduled on January 3rd, please check your email for more information on the new appointment.

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Statement from President Biden on Political Prisoners in Cuba

The White House December 9, 2022 As we look forward to honoring Human Rights Day this Saturday, December 10th, I once again call for the release of the hundreds of political prisoners in Cuba who remain in detention following the July 11, 2021 protests. In the face of oppression, these protestors bravely exercised their fundamental freedoms, …

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Migration Talks with the Government of Cuba

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 15, 2022 On November 15, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Havana to discuss the implementation of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords. This is the second session in 2022 of these semiannual bilateral discussions on migration, reflecting a commitment by both countries to regularly review the implementation of the …

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Visit of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Jaddou and Assistant Secretary of State Bitter to Havana

Statement U.S. Embassy Havana Havana, Cuba November 10, 2022 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Mendoza Jaddou and Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter traveled with a delegation to Havana, Cuba, from November 8-10.  In Havana, Director Jaddou discussed the resumption of Cuban Family Reunification Parole processing at U.S. Embassy Havana …

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Explanation of Vote After the Vote on a UN General Assembly Resolution on the Cuba Embargo

John Kelley Political Counselor New York, New York November 3, 2022 Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you members of the General Assembly. The United States remains committed to the Cuban people in their pursuit of freedom, prosperity, and a future with greater dignity. We are focused on the political and economic wellbeing of the …

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U.S. Support for Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts in Cuba

U.S. Department of State Ned Price, Department Spokesperson Press Statement October 18, 2022 Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Ian, the United States is providing to the Cuban people critical humanitarian aid to trusted international partners working directly with Cubans whose communities were devastated by the storm.  The United States, through the U.S. Agency for …

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U.S. Embassy in Havana Prepares for Full Resumption of Immigrant Visa Services in Cuba, Will Accelerate Processing of Cuban Family Reunification

September 21, 2022 U.S. Embassy in Havana Prepares for Full Resumption of Immigrant Visa Services in Cuba, Will Accelerate Processing of Cuban Family Reunification Consistent with our commitments under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection to facilitate safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration, the United States is today announcing an expansion of regular …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Nora Gamez Torres of El Nuevo Herald and Miami Herald

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Miami, Florida Four Points by Sheraton Miami Airport West Hotel QUESTION:  Thank you for doing this, Mr. Secretary. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Great to be with you.  Thank you. QUESTION:  One year after imposing sanctions on the Maduro regime and the Cuban Government, they haven’t changed course.  So can you say …

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Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury Issued on: September 10, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SUBJECT: Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act Under section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223 (91 Stat. 1625; 50 …

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 Release of Political Prisoners

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by SPOKESPERSON NAUERT June 26, 2018  Release of Political Prisoners The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared …

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United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 14, 2017 United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting The United States and Cuba held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led …

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Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2018 Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day The twentieth of May marks the celebration of Cuban independence won by patriots who wished for individual freedom and the right of self-determination, both of which have been tragically snuffed out by a tired Communist …

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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout April 12, 2018 Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Green met today with Cuban independent civil society members on the margins of …

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Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE March 29, 2018 Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals Since January, immigrant visa interview appointments for Cuban nationals have been scheduled at U.S. Embassy Bogota.  This was due to a drawdown in staffing in Cuba to protect the safety of …

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End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE March 2, 2018 End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana The U.S. Embassy in Havana has operated under ordered departure status since September 29, 2017, due to health attacks affecting U.S. Embassy Havana employees.  It will reach the maximum allowable days …

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United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                MEDIA NOTE  February 14, 2018 United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons The United States and Cuba held a series of meetings this week in Washington, D.C., to coordinate their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. On February 13, the …

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United States and Cuba Hold Biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 11, 2017 The United States and Cuba held the 31st biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC on Monday, December 11. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Ed Ramotowski led the U.S. delegation. …

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Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release: November 8, 2017 Contact: Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960 Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules Amendments Implement President Trump’s June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba WASHINGTON – Today, the …

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On the Expulsion of Cuban Officials from the United States

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 3, 2017 On October 3, the Department of State informed the Government of Cuba that it was ordering the departure of 15 of its officials from its embassy in Washington, D.C. The decision was made due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to …

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Actions Taken in Response to Attacks on U.S. Government Personnel in Cuba

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 29, 2017 Over the past several months, 21 U.S. Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature. The affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty …

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Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

September 26, 2017 Press Corps colleagues, The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla in Washington, D.C. The conversation was firm and frank and reflected the United States’ profound concern for …

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Press Releases: United States and Cuba Sign Search and Rescue Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 18, 2017 Today, the United States and Cuba signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of maritime and aeronautical search and rescue. The agreement aims to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in assisting persons in distress and to act in furtherance of obligations under …

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Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Signing of Agreement on Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue

REMARKS FROM CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES, AMBASSADOR JEFFREY DELAURENTIS Signing of AGREEMENT ON MARITIME AND AERONAUTICAL SEARCH AND RESCUE (As prepared) The United States and Cuba have been working together on search and rescue operations for more than 20 years.  Today we make another advance in strengthening this cooperation between the United States and Cuba in our common effort …

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United States and Cuba to Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 16, 2017 On January 16, the United States and Cuba signed a bilateral Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding to deepen law enforcement cooperation and information sharing. Under this memorandum, the United States and Cuba will continue the Law Enforcement Dialogue process, which includes technical exchanges on …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ Travel to Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 16, 2017 On Monday, January 16, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will travel to Cuba for official meetings, cultural engagements, and to witness the signing of a U.S.-Cuba Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The arrangement will establish a framework for strengthening our partnership on …

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Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security January 12, 2017 Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals WASHINGTON- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced several changes to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals.  These changes reflect the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with …

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Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Release January 12, 2017 Statement by Secretary Johnson on the Continued Normalization of our Migration Relationship with Cuba The United States is revoking the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants that has been in place since the mid-1990s. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to illegally enter …

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Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 12, 2017 Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which …

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United States and Cuba Sign Bilateral Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 9, 2017 The United States and Cuba signed a bilateral agreement to prepare for and respond to oil spills and hazardous substance pollution in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida on January 9, 2017. Under this agreement, the United States and Cuba will …

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U.S. – Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group

Today, the United States Departments of State and Energy co-chaired the first U.S.-Cuba Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group in Washington, D.C. Participants discussed regional developments related to clean energy, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, and exchanged ideas and information on how the United States and Cuba can move forward on this shared …

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Treasury and Commerce Annouce Further Amendments to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Amendments Expand Venues for Scientific Collaboration, Facilitate Increased Humanitarian Support, and Bolster Trade and Commercial Opportunities WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) are announcing new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration …

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United States and Cuba To Hold Human Smuggling and Migratory Fraud Prevention Technical Exchange in Havana, Cuba

The United States and Cuba will hold the second Human Smuggling and Migratory Fraud Prevention Technical Exchange in Havana, Cuba, on September 7. The U.S. delegation will include working-level representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the

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A Historic Day in Cuba as First Scheduled Flight from U.S. in Over 50 Years Lands

Today, I was honored to be part of a historic occasion — arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized its selection of …

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Counternarcotics Arrangement Signed During Third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange Between the United States and Cuba

The United States and Cuba held their third Counternarcotics Technical Exchange July 21 in Havana. The U.S. delegation included working-level representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Coast Guard (USGC), Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations

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Recognizing One Year of Re-established Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

The historic breakthrough has allowed us to more effectively represent U.S. interests and values in Cuba. After more than five decades of isolation, mistrust, and tension, we are working government-to-government and people-to-people to rebuild our relationship. The United States is committed to continuing to work through the problems of the past, addressing head-on the issues …

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United States and Cuba Continue Migration Talks

U.S. and Cuban delegations reiterated the importance of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords, which provide for the safe, orderly, and legal migration of Cubans to the United States. The discussions included maritime and overland migration trends, cooperation between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cuban physicians as well as cooperation between the U.S. Coast …

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United States and Cuba to Hold Third Bilateral Commission Meeting in Havana, Cuba

The United States and Cuba will hold the third Bilateral Commission in Havana, Cuba on Monday, May 16. Following the successful visit of President Obama to Havana in March 2016, Secretary Kerry asked Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, to lead the delegation. The Secretary places a top priority on …

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Updates to the List of Eligible Imports Produced by Independent Cuban Entrepreneurs

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 22, 2016 Today, the U.S. Department of State updated its “Section 515.582 List,” which sets forth the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that are authorized to be imported into the United States pursuant to Section 515.582 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). …

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Historic Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors

As part of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, advance commercial and people-to-people ties, and express our support for human rights for all Cubans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors. The two neighboring countries

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Remarks by President Obama at an Entrepreneurship and Opportunity Event — Havana, Cuba

Now, I’m not here to give a big speech. I’m going to do that tomorrow. What I really want to do is hear from you and have a conversation about what we can achieve together. But I do want to begin by stepping back and talking about the forces and hopes that bring us together …

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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will become the first president to set foot on the island country that’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December …

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Statement by the President on the Anniversary of Cuba Policy Changes

One year ago, I announced that after more than 50 years, America would change its relationship with Cuba and put the interests of the people of both countries before the outdated ways of the past. Since then, we have taken important steps forward to normalize relations between our countries

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Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America’s goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has taken steps

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United States and Cuba Hold Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC

Today, the United States and Cuba held an inaugural Law Enforcement Dialogue in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Alex Lee and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz led the delegation for the United States, and Mr. Abel Gonzalez Santamaria

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Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes

In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, …

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