Cuba - Havana Field Office
Field Office Director
The Havana Field Office has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration benefits for the country of Cuba.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Mailing Address from the US
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Express Mail Address
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
The Havana Field Office is located at the Annex of the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy on J and Malecon, Vedado.
Hours of Operation
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. It is closed on Cuban and American holidays.
Phone, Fax Numbers & Email
Phone: 833-3586 or 834-4511 from within Cuba.
Fax: The Havana Field Office does not accept public fax inquiries.
E-mail: The Havana Field Office accepts inquiries via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting the office in person
Appointments: Individuals who are eligible for a refugee interview will be scheduled for an appointment by the Havana Field Office.
Walk-ins: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have misplaced their Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) may seek assistance on a walk-in basis.
Parking & Handicap Accessibility: Parking is available near the office.
Accessibility for individuals with special needs is partially available.
The fees for all applications and petitions submitted to this office must be paid with cash in U.S. dollars (that are equivalent to Cuban convertible pesos (CUCs) or in CUCs. The US Consulate strongly prefers CUCs. The fees should be paid to the cashier that is located in the Consular Section of the U.S. Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy (USINT).
We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, or if we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know. To comment on the services provided at this office, please write to the Field Office Director at the address given above, or to the:
If you feel you were mistreated by a U.S. immigration employee, or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a U.S. immigration employee, you may write to the District Director, or write directly to the:
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration forms are available under the Forms section of the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.
For in-depth information about visas, please check the Department of State section of the U.S. Department of State website.
The abandonment of lawful permanent resident status is irrevocable. An individual who relinquishes lawful permanent resident status must qualify again for such status. Therefore, one should give careful thought to abandoning lawful permanent resident status.
If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), please contact us by phone or in writing for further instructions.
Forms I-600 & I-600A
Information on international adoptions may be found at the Department of State website and on the Adoption section on the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.
U.S. immigration offices overseas do not accept or process Naturalization applications from U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) that live overseas. See Citizenship section on the USCIS Website for Naturalization which can be found to your right under Related Links.
Form I-131 Parole
The Havana Field Office does not issue Humanitarian Parole. Individuals must apply for Humanitarian Parole by submitting their applications to:
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
Instructions on how to file an application for Humanitarian Parole are located on Form I-131 or on the Humanitarian Parole Section of the USCIS Website which can be found to your right under Related Links.
Form I-131 Re-entry
The Havana Field Office does not issue or extend Re-Entry Permits. Instructions on how to obtain or replace a Re-Entry Permit can be found in the How Do I Get A Travel Document section on the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.
For general information and processing criteria, please see the Department of State website and the Refugee section on the USCIS website which can be found to your right under Related Links.
Forms I-601 and I-212
If you are outside of the United States and otherwise approved to immigrate to the United States, but a Department of State Consular Officer found you ineligible to enter because of one or more grounds of inadmissibility for which a waiver may be available, you may apply for a waiver by filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.
If you left the U.S. voluntarily after being issued an order of removal, were deported or removed, or reentered the United States unlawfully after having cumulatively accrued more than one year of unlawful presence, you may apply for readmission the U.S. by filing Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal.
Where to File
You may have noticed that USCIS has changed where waiver applications are filed. You may now mail your application directly to the USCIS Lockbox Facility specified in the form instructions.
You may also choose to file your waiver application directly with our Havana Office. To schedule your appointment to file your waiver:
Please do not send applications and/or filing fees to the USCIS Havana Office.
I-601 Expedited Adjudication Requests
Applicants for Waivers of Inadmissibility, Form I-601, may request that the USCIS office expedite adjudication of the I-601 waiver application when there are extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive, compelling, and necessitate the applicant’s presence in the United States sooner than would be possible if the application were processed under normal processing times. The strong desire to immigrate to the United States as soon as possible is not by itself “extraordinary.” A request to expedite adjudication must be made in writing and delivered to the USCIS Field Office Director. The applicant must provide evidence of the extraordinary and compelling circumstance. If the request to expedite the adjudication of an I-601 waiver is approved, the USCIS office will notify the applicant within 15 days of receipt of the request. If no response is received with 15 days, the applicant must presume the request for the expeditious adjudication has been denied. Please be aware that approval to expedite adjudication of an I 601 waiver application does not guarantee approval of the I-601 waiver application, but only that consideration and adjudication of the I-601 waiver application will be expeditiously handled. If the request for expedited processing is denied, the waiver will be adjudicated within normal processing times.
For current I-601 processing times for international offices, please select the "Processing Times" link on the right, under “More Information.”
Transportation Boarding Letters
A transportation letter may be issued to a Lawful Permanent Resident to replace a lost or stolen Alien Registration Card (Form I-551) by visiting the Havana Field Office during normal business hours.
The following documents will be required:
Information Notification Updates
The Havana USCIS office is responsible for processing refugees and beneficiaries of several parole programs, as well as certain other applications and petitions.
The procedure to apply for the refugee program in Cuba is:
For more information about the in-country refugee program and for a copy of the Preliminary Questionnaire, please visit: http://havana.usinterestsection.gov/refugee_page.html. Individuals in Cuba may also request a Preliminary Questionnaire from: Sección Consular (Refugiados), Sección de Intereses de los E.E.U.U., Embajada de Suiza, Calzada e/L y M, Vedado, C. Habana, Cuba 10400.
The criteria for accessing the in-country refugee adjudication process in Cuba are set forth in an annual Presidential Determination that is issued after consultation with the Congress. The eligibility criteria for admission as a refugee into the United States are in accordance with the 1967 U.N. Protocol that relates to the Status of Refugees, as implemented in U.S. law. To qualify for refugee status, an individual must demonstrate, inter alia, past persecution, or a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Special Cuban Migration Program (Lottery):
The Special Cuban Migration Program (Lottery) allows Cubans to register for legal migration to the United States. All Cubans that live in Cuba and were born between July 15, 1943, and July 15, 1980, are eligible to register. This includes Cubans who have no direct family ties in the U.S. There is no registration fee. The Government of Cuba has not yet agreed on a date for the next lottery.
Applicants submitting Forms I-90, I-601 or I-130 should follow the instructions that are included with each application.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/25/2013