Immigrant Visas

Updated: September 24, 2021

In light of increasing numbers of COVID cases, the Consular Section is facing the need to reduce overall capacity for the safety of applicants and staff.  To maintain our ability to provide visa services in Romania, we regret that as a temporary measure, effective October 1, 2021 we are only able to provide visa services to applicants who are Romanian citizens or who have proof of legal residence in Romania (eg, permis de ședere).   We understand the inconvenience that this causes to applicants from outside of Romania who have previously scheduled visa appointments in Bucharest that are now cancelled.  Applicants who have already paid the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee should note that the fee is valid for one year from the date of payment or until September 30, 2022, whichever is later.  We hope to resume visa services to all applicants as soon as it is safe to do so and encourage non-resident applicants to watch for updates on our operating status.  Please note that we will not be able to accommodate emergency appointment requests from non-resident applicants.  

COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry 

Effective January 26, 2021 all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. For further information on waivers to testing please visit the following page: Waiver Process for CDC Order on pre-Flight Testing. 

Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.”  This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Information at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamations-9645-and-9983.html

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Romania and non-resident applicants on a case-by-case basis at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas