Immigrant Visas

Due to the suspension of immigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana as the primary site to process immigrant visas for residents of Cuba. June 2018 marks the first month the National Visa Center began scheduling  Cuban immigrant visa interviews at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana. [Please see the FAQs on visa processing in Georgetown for Cuban residents]

If you have not yet received an appointment notice for an interview at U.S. Embassy Bogota 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. If you have not yet received a NVC appointment notice, please do not contact Embassy Georgetown or Embassy Bogota as they do not yet have 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 Bogota, and we did not request further evidence or documentation, we will contact you when visa processing has been completed.

If you already had your visa interview at U.S. Embassy Bogota, and we requested further evidence or documentation, we will contact you with further instructions on processing your case.

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 by calling 1-800-375-5283

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

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, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

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 State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are determining arrangements for processing applications under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP). Inquiries about the parole program and can be made to HavanaUSCIS@dhs.gov or by calling 1-800-375-5283 toll free from the United States. Callers outside the United States may call the USCIS Field Office in Mexico City at +52-55-5080-2000.

Immigrant Visas