Havana USCIS

USCIS Reopens Field Office in Havana, Cuba

USCIS Reopens Field Office in Havana, Cuba

USCIS Press Release

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will reopen an international field office in Havana, Cuba. The new office will assist with U.S. immigration casework and benefits, including interviews and processing of pending Cuban Family Reunification Parole cases and Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition.

The USCIS Havana Field Office will also provide other limited services, which may include refugee processing and collecting biometrics for U visa petitions. Services at the Havana Field Office will be available only by appointment. We will update the USCIS International Immigration Offices page in the coming weeks with more information about services and appointments.

USCIS’ renewed presence in Cuba is part of our effort to restore USCIS’ footprint outside the United States. These efforts are consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to facilitate safe, legal, and orderly migration and discourage irregular and inherently dangerous maritime migration.

Efforts to Reduce Unlawful Entry

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has announced the reopening of an international field office in Havana, Cuba. This office will assist with U.S. immigration benefits and services, including handling cases for pending Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) cases and Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions (Form I-730).

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated that reopening the USCIS field office in Havana is part of the administration’s efforts to reduce unlawful entries, disrupt smuggling organizations, and provide legal pathways for those seeking humanitarian relief. The office will offer services like conducting interviews, processing cases, and limited appointments for specific needs such as biometrics collection for U visa applications.

The USCIS Havana Field Office will operate by appointment only, and more details about services and appointments will be provided on the USCIS website. The previous administration had closed the Havana Field Office in 2018 due to resource reallocation and the suspension of operations in 2017.

The DHS resumed operations under the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) program in June 2022, providing a pathway for certain Cuban beneficiaries to wait in the U.S. for their immigrant visas. This program has been streamlined to allow most steps to be completed online. Additionally, the Biden-Harris administration introduced a process to allow individuals from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to come to the U.S. for up to two years and work authorization.

The reopening of the USCIS presence in Cuba is part of the effort to expand USCIS’ global presence and aligns with the administration’s commitment to promoting safe, legal, and orderly migration while discouraging dangerous irregular migration.

USCIS will update the USCIS International Immigration Offices page in the coming weeks with more information about services and appointments.

See Also

DHS Reopens USCIS Office in Havana

June 9, 2022 DHS Announcement

Cuban Family Reunification Parole 

Form I-130

 


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