US Embassy in Havana to resume processing US visas for Cubans in May | Loop Cayman Islands

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The US Department of State said that the US Embassy in Havana will resume immigrant visa processing in May 2022, however, this will be limited to applicants in the IR-5 category.

The IR-5 category, according to the US Department of State, includes a close family member of a US citizen, who is the spouse, child or parent of that US citizen. Regarding the number of visas that can be granted, the US Department of State does not appear to place a limit on the number of immigrants in these categories each fiscal year.

Within this category, the US Department of State said that the US Embassy in Havana will initially focus on persons in Cuba who are parents of US citizens.

A parent of a US citizen who is notified that their case is ready to be processed after April 1, 2022, will have their interview scheduled at the US Embassy in Havana.

A parent of a US citizen who is notified that their case is ready to be processed prior to April 1, 2022, will continue to be processed at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. In such cases, the US Embassy in Havana will not accept requests from applicants to transfer their IR-5 case from the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana to the US Embassy in Havana.

In the case of a parent of a US citizen applying for an IR-5 immigrant visa and their interview has not yet been scheduled, they will be scheduled for an interview in Havana and will be contacted by email by the US Embassy in Havana.

The resumption of the processing of IR-5 applicants in Havana, according to the US Department of State, is the first step in expanding services. The US Department of State said that they will continue to evaluate, as conditions permit, a further expansion of visa services in Havana in order to provide a full range of immigrant and non-immigrant visa services, however, an exact date for that is not yet known. The US Department of State intends to keep moving in this direction, bearing in mind the safety and security of US diplomatic personnel.