Process for inviting people from Cuba:
- Write a letter of invitation on official letterhead, scan it, and send it to the person in Cuba.
- Call 1.866.374.1769, buy a pin number for $11 (have credit card info on hand), and schedule a visa interview at the Special Interests Building in Havana for the person invited. (The interview will probably be scheduled for one or two years away.)
- Once the interview is scheduled, if it is far in the futire, beyond the time when you have invited them, send an email to "HavanaExpedite@state.gov" and request that the interview be moved up, for a religious visa. Info that needs to be in that email includes date of interview, full name, passport #, date of birth, telephone number, copies of the letter of invitation, plus a copy of a letter from the group in Cuba (church/FIBAC, etc.,) that will confirm that the person is traveling for the reason stated. You also have to specify that someone in the US is paying for the trip, and that they will not be paid for any work they do here.
- Someone from the State Dept. calls you to verify that the invitation is valid and asks some questions about the proposed visit
- Hopefully, you will receive an email stating that the interview has been moved up and they give you a new date.
- Go online to havana.usint.gov, click on nonimmigrant visa tab under the Visa dropdown menu, and fill out Form 160 for each person you are inviting. You need to have info on their education (schools, address of schools, dates of completion), job history, military history, as well as passport, birthdate, and other personal info (a complete set of questions from the DS 160 form is forthcoming on this page). Each person you are inviting will need to scan a passport size photo and email it to you, for you to include in the DS 160 form. When you have completed the form, save it as a PDF and email it to those you are inviting.
- The people being invited need to take the confirmation page of the 160 form, a passport photo, passport, and 160 CUC to the interview with them. (The person making the invitation will need to get this money, the equivalent of $190, to them ahead of time).
- If permission to travel is given at the interview, then they can purchase plane tickets (generally, the church or person making the invitation will need to get the money for plane fare to them)