Returning Resident Visa (SB-1)
United States Lawful Permanent Residents who are unable to return to the United States for reasons beyond their control within one year of their departure from the United States – or before the end of their advance parole issued by DHS – may apply to the U.S. Interests Section for a Returning Resident visa (SB-1). This process involves two parts.
Applicants should contact the Consular Information Unit at (53)(7) 839-4101, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm to schedule an interview with a consular officer to determine eligibility for a Returning Resident visa (SB-1). At the time of the interview, applicants must bring a completed DS-117 form available at http://travel.state.gov/, a non-refundable fee of $275 USD, and evidence that shows the following:
- The applicant had lawful permanent resident status at the time of departure from the United States.
- The applicant departed from the United States with the intention of returning and has not abandoned this intention; and
- The applicant is returning to the United States from a temporary visit abroad and the applicant’s failure to return to the United States was caused by reasons beyond the applicant’s control and for which the applicant was not responsible. The circumstance that caused the applicant to remain in Cuba must have occurred within the first year of the applicant’s stay and continued until the present time.
If the preliminary request is approved, applicants will be given a packet of instructions with documentation needed to immigrate to the United States. Once the applicant has completed all the documentation, the applicant may call our Consular Information Unit to schedule an appointment to be processed as an SB-1 visa beneficiary. This part of the process requires payment of a second nonrefundable fee of $230 USD.
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Applicants that are denied a Returning Resident visa may ask a qualifying family member in the United States to file a new family-based petition on their behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Attorneys and Family Members
The U.S. Interests Section (USINT) of Havana appreciates the contributions that attorneys and family members may make to the expeditious processing of immigrant visa applications, especially in ensuring that all required documentation is in order and properly prepared prior to the interview. However, USINT does not permit attorneys or family members, with the exception of those assisting minors and physically disabled, to accompany immigrant visa applicants to their interviews or to participate in the interviews.
For additional information regarding returning resident immigrant visa processing, please contact the Information Unit at (53)(7) 839-4101 (Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM; Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-3:30PM). You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.