Visit of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Jaddou and Assistant Secretary of State Bitter to Havana

Great Seal of the United States

U.S. Embassy Havana
Havana, Cuba
November 10, 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Mendoza Jaddou and Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter traveled with a delegation to Havana, Cuba, from November 8-10.  In Havana, Director Jaddou discussed the resumption of Cuban Family Reunification Parole processing at U.S. Embassy Havana with host government officials. In meetings with the Cuban government, Assistant Secretary Bitter discussed consular issues of interest, including the resumption of full immigrant visa processing in early 2023 at U.S. Embassy Havana.

During her visit, Assistant Secretary Bitter briefed officials that the U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing beginning on January 4, 2023, to include immediate relative, family preference, and Diversity Visas. She previewed the restart of K fiancé visa processing at the Embassy.

Assistant Secretary Bitter expressed concern to Cuban officials about the human rights situation and urged the government to unconditionally release all political prisoners.  The visit of Assistant Secretary Bitter also focused on discussing with host country officials the expansion of the Embassy’s consular services and our work to increase, as conditions permit, diplomatic staffing and visa processing in Havana.