Returning Resident Visa

United States Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) who left the United States and, for reasons beyond their control, did not return for a year or longer may write the U.S. Embassy at HavanaConsularInfo@state.gov.  Applicants will receive information on how to apply for a returning resident visa so they can return to the United States.  The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, conducts interviews for returning resident visas for Cuban applicants.

The applicant must provide evidence that:

  • The applicant had lawful permanent resident status at the time of departure from the United States;
  • The applicant departed from the United States with the intention of returning and has not abandoned this intention;
  • The applicant is returning to the United States from a temporary visit abroad; and
  • The applicant’s failure to return to the United States was caused by reasons beyond the applicant’s control and for which the applicant was not responsible.

The circumstance that caused the applicant to remain in Cuba must have occurred within the first year of the applicant’s stay and continued until the present time.