US Embassy in Cuba Update
Full Resumption of Interviews for all Immigrant Visa Categories in Havana in January 2023
Last Updated: November 10, 2022
We thought it would be helpful (and hopeful) for anyone who is a friend of the Episcopal Church in Cuba to understand the current state of the US Embassy there. The article below is from the US Department of State. Travel.State.Gov.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing beginning on January 4, 2023, to include immediate relative, family preference, diversity visa, and K fiancé(e) visa categories. This increase is part of the broader expansion of the Embassy’s functions to facilitate diplomatic and civil society engagement and to provide safe, legal, and orderly migration options for Cuban citizens.
U.S. Embassy Georgetown in Guyana will continue to process Cuban immigrant visa applicants scheduled for appointments there through the end of December 2022. Immigrant visa applicants whose appointments were originally scheduled in Georgetown will complete case processing in Georgetown. Due to resource constraints, neither the U.S. Embassy in Havana nor the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown will be able to assist with requests to transfer cases that have already been scheduled in Georgetown.
Immigrant visa applicants scheduled for January 2023 appointments in Havana will begin receiving appointment notices on or after November 10, 2022.
Diversity Visas: While Embassy Havana will process diversity visa cases for applicants who reside in Cuba beginning in January 2023, please note that Havana will not be an option on the dropdown menu when diversity visa selectees pick an interview location on the DS-260 immigrant visa application form. Please continue to select Georgetown for the DV-2023 program year. Applicants who provide a residential address within Cuba on their DS-260s will have their cases automatically reassigned to Havana, unless they have already been scheduled at Georgetown.
We will continue to evaluate, as conditions permit, further expansion of visa processing in Havana. Embassy Havana’s consular section will continue to provide essential American citizen services and limited emergency nonimmigrant visa processing. Please continue to review the embassy’s website for updates at https://cu.usembassy.gov/consular-services-available-at-u-s-embassy-havana/.