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Returning Resident Visa (SB-1)

United States Lawful Permanent Residents who are unable to return to the United States within the travel validity of their form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, or Reentry permit, for reasons beyond their control – may apply at the U.S. Embassy for a special Immigrant Returning Resident visa (SB-1). This process involves two parts.

Part One

Applicants should schedule an appointment through the website or by telephone at (786) 408-5995. The applicants will be interviewed by 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 (PDF 24KB) 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.

Part Two

If the DS-117 application 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 $325 USD/CUC.

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