US To Resume Processing Immigrant Visas For Cubans

Via press release from the US Embassy in Havana:

Consistent with our commitments under the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection to facilitate safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration, the United States is today announcing an expansion of regular pathways available to Cubans wishing to come to the United States and an increase in personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

As part of the expansion of regular pathways, beginning in early 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing for the first time since 2017.

Immigrant visas provide eligible individuals with an avenue for safe and orderly migration. This change will also eliminate the need for Cubans applying for immigrant visas in family preference categories to travel outside of Cuba to Georgetown, Guyana for their interviews.

Additionally, in accordance with the resumption of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) program in August 2022, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing the number of personnel in Havana to efficiently and effectively process cases and conduct interviews.

The CFRP program was established in 2007 to provide a safe, orderly pathway to the United States for certain Cuban beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant petitions.

The program allows certain eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who receive an invitation letter to apply for parole for their family members in Cuba to allow them to reunite in the United States sooner than they might otherwise be able to through regular immigrant visa processing.