Immigrant Visas

 Attention!

Please take the time to review the information on our visa application website, together with the following most frequently asked questions and the useful links below. The Consular Section currently has limited capacity to field telephone calls. Please do not telephone the Consular Section for temporary visa information. If your question remains unanswered after reviewing these links, we request you email or contact the call center.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html 

Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014 

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.

Updates to National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Proclamations

On April 8, 2021, the Secretary of State has determined that the travel of immigrants, fiancé(e) visa holders, certain exchange visitors, and pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance is in the national interest for purposes of approving exceptions under the geographic COVID Presidential Proclamations (9984, 9992, and 10143).  These proclamations restrict the entry of individuals physically present, within the 14-day period prior to their attempted entry into the United States, in the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Federative Republic of Brazil, or Republic of South Africa. This article provides further details regarding this determination here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/updates-to-national-interest-exceptions-for-regional-covid-proclamations.html 

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 

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.

Suspension of Routine Visa Services

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest has suspended routine visa services.  Diplomatic/official visa applications and other emergency and mission-critical visa services will continue as resources and local conditions allow.

Based on the rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania is resuming limited immigrant visa services in all categories.  Please be aware that due to local conditions, appointments are still very limited and services have not fully resumed.  Immigrant visa applicants affected by Presidential Proclamation 10014 should check the Visa Services Operating Status.

Please note: Travelers with a U.S. visa or a valid ESTA who are from, or currently are outside the EU are not permitted to transit Schengen Area airports on their way to the United States. Transiting the Schengen Area subjects travelers to travel restrictions regardless of their initial departure place.  Because guidance is frequently changing, we suggest you check travel.state.gov and consult with your airline for the latest information.  Please be aware that the decision to admit a traveler to the United States rests with the Department of Homeland Security and we are unable to advise visa holders on whether they will be granted admission. 

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Romania 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