This Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Havana announced that it will soon open visa appointments for immediate family members, including spouses and children under 21, of U.S. citizens. .
The measure complements a statement last month announcing that processing of all IR-5 cases (i.e. parents of US citizens) would begin conducting their interviews in Havana.
Thursday’s announcement extends this service to family members such as spouses and sons/daughters of U.S. citizens: “We have chosen the immediate family categories in recognition of the importance of family reunification for U.S. citizens and their immediate family members. While we understand that other applicants may have difficult circumstances, given the current circumstances, the U.S. Embassy Havana remains unable to accept transfer applications from other visa categories,” reads one. statement (in Spanish) from the Embassy on Twitter.
And further, it clarifies, “As we work to expand services, the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana will continue to be the primary processing location for all Cuban visa citizens. family preference immigrants and cases of immediate family members already scheduled for processing at the U.S. Embassy in Guyana.
Those selected will have their consular interview in July this year, the statement said.