US | Immigrant Visa Interviews Resume in Havana in January 2023

The State Department announced the U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing to include immediate relative, family preference, diversity visa, and K fiancé(e) visa categories. From January 4, Cuban residents can conduct their interviews in Havana instead of traveling to the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, for their immigrant visas.

What to Know
  • Cuban immigrant visa applicants with an interview scheduled in Guyana through the end of 2022 will keep that interview.
  • Immigrant visa applicants scheduled for January 2023 appointments in Havana will begin receiving appointment notices on or after November 10, 2022.

According to the announcement, the State Department is evaluating further expansion of its nonimmigrant visa processing services at the Havana consulate. Currently, nonimmigrant visa applications are processed only in cases of emergency. The consulate limited its operations in 2018.

Erickson Insights

The State Department announcement follows a high-profile meeting in Havana of top US immigration officials and members of the Cuban government. The focus of their meeting was to discuss immigrant visa processing services at the Havana consulate and the reopening of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which facilitates US citizens and permanent residents to bring over Cuban family members.

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