Travel Visas from Cuba to U.S. On the Rise

The U.S. Interests Section's website reported that it recently increased its capacity for handling application interviews to 500 per day, up from 120 to 150 per day a year ago.

"This has substantially reduced the wait for an appointment, and we are working to reduce that wait time even further by the end of 2013," read a statement on the website.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department announced that these modified visa rules do not amount for a significant change in Washington's Cuba policy.