Application Process

Approved petitions are forwarded to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by USCIS. The petition undergoes additional processing at NVC, including payment of the fees, completion of the affidavit of support, and collection of most documents.

Once NVC has received all of the required documents and fees from the petitioner and the priority date has become current, the file is forwarded to the U.S. Embassy. The applicant or petitioner can check the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin to determine if the petition is current.

If the petition is current (the priority date is earlier than the cutoff date in the bulletin), the applicant should begin gathering the documents listed below, which are required for the consular interview.

Applicants that are not documentarily ready will not be issued an immigrant visa. All documents presented must be original.

The National Visa Center schedules immigrant visa interview appointments for the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The petitioner will receive a letter with the date of the beneficiary’s interview appointment. In K1 fiancé cases, applicants will receive instructions regarding scheduling their appointments. K1 and K2 visas will schedule their appointments through this website. Applicants will also be able to schedule appointments by telephone.  The telephone number in the United States is (786) 408-5995.

Each applicant must provided the following documents:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Forms:
    For applicants applying for an immigrant visa:
    DS-260 form:  See Online DS-260 guidance for more information about filling out this form.
    For applicants applying for a fiancé (K1 or K2) visa:
    DS 160 form.  To complete the DS-160 form, please begin here.  Applicants who have already had their interview with a consular officer do NOT need to submit a new form unless otherwise instructed by a consular officer.
  3. Photos, (2) color photos on white background of the beneficiary facing the camera and measuring 50 mm x 50 mm taken within the last six months.
  4. Birth certificate.
  5. Current divorce and/or death certificates showing the end of all prior marriages.
  6. Criminal Records from Cuba, and also from any other country where the beneficiary has lived for more than one year since age 16.
  7. Medical examination. Beneficiaries need to check the list of hospitals (PDF 120 KB) where they can have their medical examination. On the day of their medical appointment, they should bring this list along with the letter from the National Visa Center indicating their case number.
  8. Please note that K visas do not require form I-864, but may bring the I-134 Affidavit of Support as proof of the petitioner’s economic solvency.
  9. Relationship evidence. This may include photos, letters, phone records, joint bills, or any other evidence that demonstrates that the relationship is bona fide.