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Non-Immigrant Visas at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba

Updated: Feb 5

In September of 2022, the Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Embassy in Cuba would begin administering full immigrant visas in January of 2023. In 2015, President Obama became the first President to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. In 2017, the United States pulled its “non-emergency personnel” from Cuba, ordering the staff to leave. This also included their family members. This was just two years after the United States reopened the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

According to an official from the United States State Department, it was expressed: ‘Until the government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our people, we will be reduced to emergency personnel.”, as reported on As of late, the United States Embassy in Havana is no longer issuing non-immigrant visas. This includes, but is not limited to: tourism, work, study, medical treatment, and more.

The temporary suspension of non-immigrant visa distribution in the U.S. Embassy appears to be primarily attributed to the reduced staff presence following the withdrawal of a significant number of personnel from the embassy in Havana due to the occurrence of Havana Syndrome. It’s important to note that the United States, while still inconclusive on the cause of Havana Syndrome, does not blame Cuba.

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