Refugee Coordinator: Mary P. Doetsch
Refugee Inquiries: (53)(7) 839-4125
Fax: (53)(7) 839-4317
Malecon and J Street
Welcome to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program web page of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. This site will provide you general information regarding the Refugee Admissions Program. At this site you can also download a Preliminary Questionnaire (refugee application) and access links to other bureaus and agencies.
The State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), in conjunction with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the International Organization for Migration, administers the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in Cuba.
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Qualification Criteria
The President of the United States each year recommends the size and composition of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. After seeking the advice of various governmental agencies and the consent of Congress, the President signs a Determination that recommends regional refugee admissions ceilings, processing priorities, and countries designated for in-country processing.
Our goal is to admit at least 5,000 Cuban refugees in the United States each year. Additionally, Cuba was identified as a country of special interest and eligible for in-country processing.”
Cuban Nationals – Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for refugee status in the U.S. Refugee Admissions program, a Cuban national must demonstrate that he/she belongs to at least one of the following groups:
Members of persecuted religious minorities
Human rights activists
Former political prisoners
Forced-labor conscripts (1965-1968)
- Persons deprived of their professional credentials or subjected to other disproportionately harsh or discriminatory treatment resulting from their perceived or actual political or religious beliefs or activities
- Persons who have experienced or fear harm because of their relationship –- family or social -- to someone who falls under one of the preceding categories