The U.S. Embassy in Havana issued just 29 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30. That was little more than one-quarter percent of the 9,752 visas issued the previous year, a State Department report shows.
The number of immigrant visas issued in Guyana jumped from 4,096 to 7,672 as thousands of Cubans traveled to Georgetown to get visas there.
The total number of U.S. immigrant visas issued to Cubans dropped to 6,504 in 2018, a 31 percent drop from 9,453 in 2017, a separate document shows.
U.S. officials issued 609 immigrant visas to Cubans in November, the first month of fiscal 2019. That was slightly higher number than the 542 monthly average recorded during fiscal 2018.
The types of visas issued in November included:
- CR1 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen: 38
- CR2 – Child of U.S. citizen (conditional status): 4
- DV1 – Diversity immigrant visa: 4
- DV3 – Child of DV−1: 3
- F21 – Spouse of permanent resident: 55
- F22 – Child of permanent resident: 29
- F23 – Child of F21 or F22: 32
- F24 – Unmarried son/daughter of permanent resident: 1
- F31 – Married son or daughter of U.S. citizen: 1
- F32 – Spouse of F31: 2
- F33 – Child of F31: 1
- FX1 – Spouse of permanent resident: 68
- FX2 – Child of permanent resident: 68
- FX3 – Child of FX1 or FX2: 51
- IR1 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen: 16
- IR2 – Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens: 31
- IR5 – Parent of U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age: 202
- SB1 – Returning resident: 3