The U.S. State Department announced that beginning in early 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing for the first time since 2017. This change will eliminate the need for Cubans applying for immigrant visas in family preference categories to travel outside of Cuba to Georgetown, Guyana, for their interviews. Still, in the interim, Embassy Georgetown in Guyana will continue to process Cuban immigrant visa applicants in the family preference categories.
With the full resumption of immigrant visa processing, in addition to the resumption of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) program, USCIS is increasing staffing in Havana.
The National Visa Center will start scheduling all immediate relative and family preference immigrant visa applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Havana for appointments at the beginning of 2023. Applicants do not need to contact the embassies in Havana or Georgetown or the NVC as they will be notified directly with their appointment information.
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