Presidential Proclamation Suspending Immigration – COVID 1
On April 22, the President signed a Proclamation which suspends the entry of certain immigrants to the United States for a period of 60 days. The Department of State is implementing this Proclamation in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Under the Proclamation, the Department of State temporarily will not issue immigrant visas, with certain exceptions as laid out in the Proclamation itself.
The Proclamation is not retroactive. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. For questions regarding entry into the United States, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security.
On 14 March 2020, the President of the United States issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.” This proclamation suspends entry of immigrants until further notice.
Based on this proclamation, U.S. Embassy Bucharest has suspended immigrant visa interviews. The embassy will contact you when we are able to reschedule your immigrant visa interview. The proclamation remains in effect until terminated by the President. You can check https://travel.state.gov/ for updates.
In the meantime, do not conduct your medical examination or obtain a police certificate. Do not travel to Embassy Bucharest for your scheduled immigrant visa appointment.
Certain categories of immigrant visas are excepted. The proclamation does not apply to:
- Any lawful permanent resident of the United States.
- Any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21.
- Any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21.
- Any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications.
If one of these exceptions applies to your immigrant visa application, U.S. Embassy Bucharest will continue with your scheduled immigrant visa interview.
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.