The United States Embassy in Havana is preparing to fully resume immigrant visa services in Cuba and will expedite the process of Cuban family reunification.
In correspondence intended to facilitate safe, orderly, humane and regular migration, the United States on Wednesday announced the expansion of routes that are available to Cubans who wish to travel to the United States and to personnel at the embassy in Havana. want to increase. ,
As part of the expansion of regular routes, in early 2023, the US embassy in Havana will resume full processing of immigrant visas for the first time since 2017.
Immigrant visas provide a safe and orderly route to migration to eligible persons. This change would eliminate the need for Cubans to apply for immigrant visas in family preference categories to travel to Guyana outside Cuba for their interview.
In accordance with the resumption of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program in August 2022, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing the workforce in Havana to efficiently and effectively process cases and conduct interviews.
The Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP) was established in 2007 to provide a safe and orderly passage to the United States for certain Cuban beneficiaries of approved family-based immigration petitions.
The program allows certain eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have received a letter of invitation to apply for a permit for their relatives in Cuba that allows them to return to the United States without waiting for regular immigrant visa processing times. enables you to connect.
These efforts constitute an important step in meeting the commitment under the migration agreements between the United States and Cuba to ensure that legal migration between the United States and Cuba is at least 20,000 Cubans each year. , which does not include immediate relatives of the United States. Citizen.
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The State Department continues to evaluate the possibility of expanding visa services in Havana, to the extent that the conditions permit.
The consular section of the Havana embassy also reported that it would continue to provide essential services to US citizens, immigrant visa services to those requested in immediate family categories, and limited processing of emergency nonimmigrant visas.
For now, the Georgetown Embassy in Guyana will continue to process immigrant visa applicants in family preference categories until Havana begins full immigrant visa processing in early 2023.
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During the transition to full immigrant visa processing at the US Embassy in Havana, the National Visa Center (NVC) will continue to schedule appointments for family preference visa applicants at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.
NVC will begin scheduling appointments for all family-preference immigrant visa applicants and immediate relatives at the US Embassy in Havana in early 2023.
Applicants do not need to contact the embassies in Havana or Georgetown or NVC as they will be notified directly with their appointment information.