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Cuban Lottery - The Special Program for Cuban Migration - The U.S. Interests Section is not currently accepting appointment requests under the Special Program for Cuban Migration. Applicants are currently being processed based on entries submitted in the 1998 lottery. Any change in the availability of appointments will be announced on the Interests Section's website HERE.

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Requests for a Cuban immigrant visa can be made through the Interests Section’s Visa Information and Appointment Scheduling Service by calling 1.866.374.1769. CUBAN IMMIGRATION WEBSITE

On February 15, 2007, the U.S. Interests Section expanded its successful Cuban Visa Information and Appointment Scheduling Service to include Cuban immigrant visa applicants, Cuban fiancé visa applicants and Cubans eligible for family-based consideration. Immigration Lottery information. The service will make it easier for Cubans to schedule an appointment with a U.S. consular official.  Family members or associates in the United States will be able to schedule an appointment on the traveler's behalf by calling a toll free number based in the U.S.  Immigration information. The Interests Section inaugurated this service for non-immigrant Cuban visa applicants in May 2006.

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Special Program for Cuban Migration - Family members and associates in the United States will be able to obtain visa information and schedule appointments on behalf of immigrant visa and fiancé visa applicants and persons applying for parole as an eligible family member of an immigrant visa holder by calling 1.866.374.1769 from anywhere in the U.S., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, excepting Federal holidays. Callers will pay a nominal fee to speak with English and Spanish-speaking operators. Applicants will be required to arrive on the day of the interview with completed application forms, (available at:, any required civil documentation and medical exam results, and a passport-style photograph. Applicants should also bring the notification letter received from the Interests Section indicating that they have been selected to apply for the Special Program for Cuban Migration or family based programs.

What do Cubans with no contacts in the U.S. do to make an appointment? - There will be a limited amount of appointments made available to individuals in Cuba with no contacts in the United States.  Those applicants may fax the U.S. Special Interests Section us at: (53)(7) 833-1084 and include their full name, passport number, case number and a contact number in Cuba.

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Because the total number of persons qualifying for immigrant visas and refugee status does not normally reach the 20,000 the U.S. has agreed to authorize each year pursuant to the joint U.S.-Cuban Migration Accords of 1994, the U.S. has adopted a lottery system by which persons who do not qualify as refugees or immigrants can seek to enter the U.S. This system is unique to Cuba and separate from the worldwide diversity visa lottery for which Cubans are also eligible.

Persons interested in immigrating to the U.S. apply for the Cuban Lottery by providing a letter to the U.S. Interests Section during the specified entry period. The last entry period was from June 15, 1998 to July 15, 1998. The next entry period has not been scheduled at this time. During Cuban Lottery entry periods, entries are received through the Cuban mail system at the U.S. Interests Section. Applications thus received are forwarded to Washington for processing.

In Washington, all Cuban Lottery entries are data-entered and potential winners are randomly selected. All potential winners are rank-ordered in Washington and potential winners’ application packets are prepared and sent to the U.S. Interests Section. The Interests Section contacts applicants for interviews starting from the top of the list throughout the fiscal year. These applicants are mailed letters that contain instructions and forms and describe the documents required for an interview. The letters also invite the applicants to call the Interests Section and schedule an interview once all of the required documents have been gathered. The number of letters mailed to successful entrants is based on estimates of the number of approved immigrants needed to complete the target of 20,000 at the end of the fiscal year as established by the U.S.-Cuban Migration Accord. Estimates are revised continually throughout the fiscal year and the number of letters that are mailed is adjusted accordingly. CUBA IMMIGRATION LOTTERY WEBSITE

Each Cuban Lottery winner who contacts the Interests Section receives an appointment to be interviewed at the Consular Section. While the winners are admitted based on the Attorney General's authority rather than as regular immigrants, they must establish that they are not ineligible for admission under U.S. law, including that they have not been convicted of serious crimes, are not a member of a terrorist organization, and will not become a public charge. Winning the Cuban Lottery does not guarantee the applicant's admission to the U.S., rather it provides him or her an opportunity to be interviewed for consideration. The individual must also demonstrate that he meets at least two of the three basic qualifications for this program (high school education, three or more years’ work experience, relatives living in the United States). The CUBAN IMMIGRATION LOTTERY WEBSITE


NOTE: Persons in the U.S. who wish to provide affidavits of support on behalf of winners of the Cuban Lottery of the worldwide Diversity Visa lottery should note that the Form I-864 cannot be accepted for these types of cases. The proper form to use to provide an affidavit of support for all parole and Diversity Visa cases is the Form I-134. - - - - - - -

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