USCIS Moves Field Office from Havana to Mexico City

On December 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it will “temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana“ and its “field office in Mexico city, Mexico will assume Havana’s jurisdiction, which includes only Cuba.” The stated reason for the change was “staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.” Detailed instructions for filing certain forms for individuals living in Cuba are set forth in the USCIS announcement cited below.[1]

This change will have a negative effect on “family reunification and granting of visas,” said Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

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[1] U.S. Dep’t Homeland Security, Updated USCIS Procedures for Cuba (Dec. 22, 2017); Washington moves its Immigration Office in Cuba to Mexico, Granma (Dec. 23, 2017); Washington decides to move “temporarily” to Mexico its immigration office in Cuba, CubaDebate (Dec. 22, 2017).