FAQs on Restarting Immigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Embassy Havana

Q. What visa categories are you processing and are there others that you are not?

A. We don’t have information to provide on the type of visa categories. The President directed the State Department to expand consular services at Embassy Havana, keeping in mind the safety and security of U.S. diplomatic personnel. This is the first step in expanding services, and we will continue to evaluate as conditions permit, a further expansion of visa services in Havana. Embassy Havana’s Consular Section will continue to provide essential American Citizens Services and limited emergency nonimmigrant visa processing.

 

Q. I have relative whose visa interview is scheduled at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana, and it will be difficult for my relative to travel there. Can the appointment be moved to Havana? 

A. We strongly recommend that your relative keep his/her scheduled appointment. Visa services remain limited in Havana, and the majority of Cuban immigrant visa cases will continue to be processed at Embassy Georgetown or at other U.S. Embassies in third countries.

 

Q. My elderly parents are in ill-health, and have visa interviews scheduled at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana. Due to their poor health, can their appointment be moved to Havana?

A. We strongly recommend that your parents keep their scheduled appointment. Visa services remain limited in Havana, and the majority of Cuban immigrant visa cases will continue to be processed at Embassy Georgetown or at other U.S. Embassies in third countries.

 

Q. Does this mean that the United States is going to issue the 20,000 travel documents called for in the Migration Accords with Cuba?

A. The United States remains committed to the bilateral Migration Accords in facilitating safe and legal migration. However, we don’t have an estimate of how many travel documents will be issued this year.  We continue to process travel documents at Embassy Georgetown as part of our commitment to compliance. Resuming limited immigrant visa services at Embassy Havana is an important step in that direction.

 

Q. Does this mean that a Cuban who wins the Diversity Visa lottery will be processed in Havana?

A. No, visa services in Havana remain limited and Cuban Diversity Visa lottery winners will continue to be processed in third countries in most instances including Embassy Georgetown.

 

Q. Does this mean that you are restarting processing under the Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP)?

A. No, CFRP is a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and it remains suspended. The Cuban Family Reunification Program is also a priority and USCIS is working with State to assess the operational options of resuming processing in Havana for the Cuban Family Reunification Program.  There is no scheduled start date at this time.Please contact to USCIS for any other questions on CFRP related questions.