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. [Please see the FAQs on visa processing in Georgetown for Cuban residents]

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. You may follow the additional instructions on this document.

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. If you have not yet received a NVC appointment notice, please do not contact Embassy Georgetown 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 Georgetown, follow the specific instructions you receive from them.

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). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories 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, 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).

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

Immigrant Visas