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Nonimmigrant Visas


Welcome! Nonimmigrant visas allow people to travel to the United States temporarily. There are various types of nonimmigrant visas including visitor/tourist, student, and business. When preparing for a temporary visit to the United States, apply early for visas to ensure efficient processing and minimal travel delay.

Information about the Nonimmigrant visa application can be found at the  website or by telephone at (786) 408-5995


The Department of State changed the maximum validity of B-2 visas from six months, single entry to five-years, multiple entries for qualified Cuban nationals.  B-2 visas are issued to people coming to the United States for family visits, tourism, medical treatment, or other personal travel.  This change will not affect the validity of B-1 visas (for business) or other non-B visas (P, O, J, L, M, etc.).  The validity of those visas will remain up to six months, single entry. Multiple-entry B-2 visas will be issued to qualified applicants at the discretion of a consular officer.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. Additionally, the visa expiration date shown on your visa does not reflect how long you are authorized to stay within the United States.  Entry and the length of authorized stay are determined by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at the port of entry each time you travel. It is important to note that there are circumstances which can void or cancel the period of visa validity. If you overstay the end date of your authorized stay, as provided by the CBP officer at a port of entry, or by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), your visa will be automatically voided or cancelled unless you have filed an application with USCIS in a timely manner for an extension of stay or a change of status.

For specific questions on this matter please email or visit our frequently asked questions on visa validity

What is a Nonimmigrant Visa?

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the United States temporarily. The visa, placed in the passport when issued, allows travelers to travel to a U.S. port of entry (an airport, for example) and request permission from a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.

International travelers come to the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of the visitor’s travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please see our Visa Types for Temporary Visitors webpage. 

Purpose of Travel to U.S. and
Nonimmigrant Visas

Visa Type

Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors


Business visitors


Diplomats and foreign government officials


Medical treatment, visitors for


Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)


Students: academic, vocational

F, M

Athletes or entertainment group


Aliens in Religious occupation


Alien with Extraordinary ability


Application Form for Nonimmigrant Visas (DS-160)

All visa applicants who wish to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in Havana must submit an electronic application form, known as the DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application. 

The Nonimmigrant Visa Process

The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit processes applications for applicants who wish to travel to the United States temporarily.

Non-immigrant visa applicants are required to schedule an appointment through the website Applicants also are able to schedule appointments by telephone at (786) 408-5995.

Given the restricted number of American consular personnel authorized to work in Cuba, the U.S. Embassy is only able to schedule a limited amount of applicants per day.

On the day of the interview, a consular officer will determine an applicant’s eligibility under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); it may take a few days for a nonimmigrant visa to be processed.  However, some cases require further administrative processing.  This processing may last from several weeks to several months.  In such cases, the U.S. Embassy will contact the applicant by telephone as soon as this process has concluded and a determination has been made on the applicant's case.  Applicants or their relatives may also view the status of the nonimmigrant visa application at  The applicant or relative will need to enter the barcode number that appears on the DS-160 confirmation page and the interview location.  Once the visa appears as “ISSUED” the applicants will be able to come to the U.S. Embassy to pick up their passport following the instructions on their pass. 

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