Tuesday, December 11, 2018

USCIS Closes Havana Field Office on Dec. 10, 2018

USCIS will permanently close its field office in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 10, 2018. The USCIS field office in Mexico City, Mexico, will assume the Havana Field Office’s jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters for individuals who are in Cuba. The U.S. Department of State in Havana will also assume responsibility for certain services previously handled by USCIS.

U.S. Embassy visa services in Havana have been almost entirely suspended since November 2017 due to a drawdown in staffing as a result of attacks affecting the health of U.S. Embassy Havana employees. The U.S. Department of State and USCIS continue to explore options to resume consular and other immigration services in alternate locations. USCIS will inform individuals of alternate filing or processing instructions that are established. 

Individuals who live in Cuba, or who petition for residents in Cuba, must follow these filing instructions:


Filing Instructions

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

File your petition by mail with the appropriate USCIS lockbox. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 page.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

If you are a lawful permanent resident who has lost your Green Card and/or re-entry permit and you need travel documentation to return to the U.S., you can file your Form I-131A with any U.S. Embassy Consular Section or USCIS international field office outside of Cuba. 


Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status


Submit your Form I-407 by mail to the Mexico City Field Office or present it in person to any U.S. Embassy or Consulate or USCIS international field office outside of Cuba.

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

You must file your petition with the Nebraska or Texas Service Center, depending on where you live in the United States.

USCIS is working with the Department of State to reschedule any Form I-730 interviews that were in process at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. USCIS will contact affected petitioners and beneficiaries to inform them of any alternate processing instructions that are established. For Form I-730 cases not yet scheduled for interview, the Department of State’s National Visa Center will notify concerned parties when an interview is scheduled at a designated post.

Please see the Form I-730 page for more information.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

If you are a member of the U.S. military and are stationed overseas, please see the Form N-400 page or call 800-375-5283 for the most current form filing instructions. USCIS will forward the application to the appropriate international field office. For qualified children of active-duty service members stationed abroad, the proper form to file is the N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322.


Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) Program

The Department of State and USCIS are determining arrangements for processing applications under the CFRP Program. We will communicate additional details as they become available. 


Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) Following-to-Join Spouse or Child

USCIS is working with the Department of State to ensure that CMPP following-to-join cases for spouses and children continue to be processed and will announce arrangements for interview/travel document processing.

General information about the U.S. Embassy in Havana is available on the embassy website. You may also contact the embassy by calling 011 (53) (7) 839-4100 or by mailing:

U.S. Embassy Havana
Calzada between L & M, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

For any other information on services provided, please contact the USCIS Mexico City Field Office.

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