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Cuban US visas to be processed in Georgetown

According to the US State Department, Cuban nationals seeking US visas will have their applications processed at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown Guyana, starting April 1, 2018.

In a press release, the US State Department explained the change in policy;

“On April 1, we will begin transferring current immigrant visa applications and scheduling immigrant visa interviews for Cuban nationals at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana.  Guyana will then be the primary site for processing immigrant visa applications for Cubans.  The first interviews will take place in June.

As we transition immigrant visa operations for Cuban nationals to Guyana, we will continue to communicate with applicants, so they have current information.  No applicants should make travel plans until they have a scheduled visa interview appointment.”

In January of this year, the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia began processing all Cuban US visa applications. The move was an interim decision in the wake of the reduction of staff in the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba.  In determining Georgetown as an alternative location, the State Department considered a number of factors including:

“…availability of flights, visa requirements, space to accommodate additional applicant files, and availability of staff.  Cubans do not need a visa to travel to Guyana.  As before, Cuban applicants for routine non-immigrant visas may apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate outside Cuba.”

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