Immigrant Visas

Frequently Asked Questions – Expansion of Cuba Visa Processing

Havana Immigrant Visa Processing FAQs

Updates on Immigrant Visa Processing in Guyana

On March 3, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba announced it will initiate the limited resumption of immigrant visa services in Havana.  The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, remains the primary site to process immigrant visas for residents of Cuba.  Only applicants who have received an email from the National Visa Center (NVC) notifying them that their immigrant visa appointment has been scheduled in Havana will interview in Havana.  All other immigrant visa applicants will be interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.  For additional information on the availability of all consular services at U.S. Embassy in Havana, please see this Embassy webpage.

If you already received an appointment notice for an interview at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, please follow the instructions on your appointment letter.  Please note the U.S. Embassy in Havana is no longer offering the service of document pre-screening prior to the interview.  For additional information on interviews in Guyana, please refer to the guidance on travel.state.gov.

If you have not yet received an appointment notice for an interview from the National Visa Center (NVC), NVC will send you an appointment notice for your visa interview at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, noting the date, time, and other requirements for your visa interview.  Please contact NVC through the Ask NVC online contact form for your updated status.  Please do not contact Embassy Georgetown; they will not have information about your case. 

If you have questions about your case or need processing assistance, please contact NVC through the Ask NVC online inquiry form.

If you already had your visa interview at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, follow the specific instructions you received at the end of your interview for visa pick-up.

If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet approved your petition(s), please review the status of your petition by visiting www.uscis.gov/casestatus or the USCIS Contact Center at www.uscis.gov/contactcenter.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa.  The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC.  Also, review the information presented on this website for further guidance and instructions.

You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including the Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps for the Immigrant Visa Process or the Diversity Visa Process to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Cuba Parole Programs

Parole is a special type of admission to the United States and is a discretionary program administered by USCIS.  Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS has suspended operations at its field office in Havana.  The Departments of State and Homeland Security are determining arrangements for processing applications under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP).

For updates about the CFRP Program, please visit the USCIS website or contact the USCIS Contact Center at www.uscis.gov/contactcenter.

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