Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Telephone: For Visa Interview Appointments and Visa Information, call 03 17 800 260 (from Romania) or 703 988 7105 (from the United States).

Check the location of the U.S. Embassy on Google Maps.

Public Transportation Information – Bus lines from Bucharest to the Embassy:

  • Drumul Matasii lines: 301, 148, 149, 449;
  • Baneasa Shopping City lines : 131, 335, 605, 261;
  • Weather Forecast Institute lines: 148, 149, 301, 304, 449, 476, 783;
  • Aleea Privighetorilor lines: 148, 301;
  • Baneasa Restaurant lines: 148, 301.

Embassy Working hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on American and Romanian holidays.

Important Message

If you have particular concerns, complaints or comments about customer service or a visa issue, please feel free to contact the Consul General at VisasBucharest@state.gov. The Consul General reviews all such correspondence and will respond within two to three business days.

New Procedure for Processing 221(g) Visa Cases Effective July 5th, 2016

  • If the consular officer requested additional documents, please send them along with your passport by TNT courier, following the instructions on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ro/ under the “Application Pending Further Action” Section.
  • If your presence is requested, please appear at the Consular Section Monday through Thursday, between 09:00 am – 10:00 am.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a redesigned website

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State launched a redesigned website, http://travel.state.gov/. Whether you are inquiring about an immigrant visa or a temporary visa, the new design features a Visa Wizard designed to guide prospective applicants to the appropriate visa category webpage, fee and wait time widgets that display information by type of visa, improved search functionality, as well as a step-by-step immigrant visa processing section.

New I-94 Automation Program

To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated CBP Form I-94. Travelers will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from www.cbp.gov/I94

 

To qualify for a diplomatic/official visa, applicants must be traveling to the United States on behalf of their national government to engage in official activities for that government. Applicants may submit their documents to the Consular Section by courier, Monday through Thursday, between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Processing time is 48 hours.

Necessary Documents for:

A1/A2 Visas (Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials)

  • Confirmation page of the DS-160 application
  • Valid passport
  • Recent photo
  • Verbal Note from the Ministry/government agency listing the name of the official travelers and specify their title or official status. It should also specify the date of departure from Romania, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States.

NATO 1-6 Visas (Foreign Military Personnel) – Applicants may submit their documents to the Consular Section by courier, Monday through Thursday, between 2:00p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The necessary processing time is 48 hours.

  • Confirmation page of the DS-160 application
  • Valid passport
  • Recent photo
  • Verbal Note from the Ministry of National Defense listing the name of the official travelers and specify their title or official status. It should also specify the date of departure from Romania, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States.

G Visas (International Organization Employees) – Applicants may submit their documents to the Consular Section by courier, Monday through Thursday, between 2:00p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The necessary processing time is 48 hours.

G1 – Members of a permanent mission of a recognized government to an international organization.

G2 – Representatives of a recognized government traveling to the United States temporarily to attend meetings of a designated international organization.

G4 – Individual personnel who are proceeding to the United States to take up an appointment at a designated international organization, including the United Nations.

  • Confirmation page of the DS-160 application
  • Valid passport
  • Recent photo
  • Official request from the appropriate international organization.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at:visasbucharest@state.gov

An employer may take an alien domestic worker to the U. S. on a nonimmigrant visa if the meet the following conditions:

  • U.S. Citizens who reside permanently abroad and are visiting the U.S. temporarily, or who habitually reside abroad in foreign service but are assigned to the U.S. temporarily and returning for a stay of no more than four years.
  • Nonimmigrant aliens (bearers of B, E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, or Q visas) who apply for temporary admission to the United States.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Legal permanent residents of the U.S. (“Green Card” holders) are not entitled to bring or employ nonimmigrant alien domestic employees to the United States.

A domestic employee applying for a nonimmigrant visa must meet the following conditions:

  • The employee has a residence abroad which he or she has no intention of abandoning;
  • The employee can demonstrate at least one year’s experience as a personal or domestic employee;
  • The employee has been employed abroad by the employer as a personal or domestic employee, for at least one year prior to the date of the employer’s admission to the United States; OR the employer can demonstrate that he or she has regularly employed personal or domestic employees for several years preceding the employee’s application for a B-1 visa;
  • The employer and the employee have signed an employment contract (in both English and the language in which the domestic employee is able to read), which guarantees: payment of the minimum or prevailing wages, whichever is greater; free room and board; that the employer will be the only provider of employment to the employee; and that the employer will pay the domestic’s initial travel expenses to the United States, and subsequently to the employer’s onward assignment, or to the employee’s country of normal residence at the termination of the assignment.

For a sample contract, click here. (PDF 284 KB)

How do I determine the prevailing wage and other employment requirements?

For information regarding prevailing wages in the United States, you can log on to http://www.flcdatacenter.com/ and go through the OES SEARCH WIZARD. Choose the state(s) where you will be, and continue the search by choosing the kind of job. The following codes are the most used: 37-2012 Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners; 39-9011 Child Care Workers; 39-9021 Personal & Home Care Aides.

In addition to including the correct wage in the contract, employers are expected to understand and comply with all local employment laws that are in effect in any city/state they might visit (for example, some city/states require the payment of overtime when employees work more than 40 hours/week). To learn what these requirements are, employers should contact the appropriate state Department of Labor.

Mission

The Fraud Prevention Unit’s (FPU) principal mission is to safeguard the U.S. borders by detecting and stopping fraud in applications for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, immigrant visas, and non-immigrant visas. FPU accomplishes this critical goal by training Consular Section staff on fraud detection, maintaining close cooperation with U.S. and Romanian law enforcement agencies and deploying our staff of highly trained investigators to conduct interviews and investigations.

The consequences of fraud are extremely serious, to include imprisonment, fines, and loss of the benefit being sought. FPU works closely with the American Citizens Services Unit, the Immigrant Visa Unit, the Non-immigrant Visa Unit, the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security to aggressively pursue fraud cases. FPU refers individuals as appropriate for prosecution under U.S. and/or Romanian law.

For more information about visa website fraud, please visit the Website Fraud Warning page

Contact Information

If you have a tip or information concerning fraud that you wish to share with the embassy, you may contact the Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU) by email at BCHFPM@state.gov. Additionally, you may fax FPU at (4021)200-3381. If you wish to keep your identity confidential, be sure to tell the FPU that this is your wish when you contact the embassy.

Review the chart below to determine the type of visa you need. For more detailed information specific to each visa type, including how-to-apply information and more, select a link from the Visa Type column below.

Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas Visa Type
Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO G1-G5, NATO
Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business or athletics O-1
Diplomats and foreign government officials A
Treaty investors E-2
Australian worker – professional specialty E-3
Religious workers R
Temporary workers – seasonal agricultural H-2A
Temporary workers – nonagricultural H-2B
Physicians J-1, H-1B
Crewmembers (serving aboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the U.S.) D
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B
Student dependents – dependent of an F-1 holder F-2
Student dependents – dependent of an M-1 holder M-2
Domestic employees or nannies (must be accompanying a foreign national employer) B-1
Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S. A-2, NATO1-6
NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada TN/TD
Visa renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO A1-2, G1-4, NATO1-6
Information media representative (media, journalists) I
Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3
Athletes, amateur and professional (competing for prize money only) B-1
Athletes, artists, entertainers P
Students – academic and language students F-1
Students – vocational M-1
Intra-company transferees L
Intra-company transferees C
Business visitors B-1
Exchange visitors J
Exchange visitors – au pairs J-1
Exchange visitors – children (under age 21) or spouse of a J-1 holder J-2
Exchange visitors – professors, scholars, teachers J-1
Exchange visitors – international cultural J, Q
Medical treatment, visitors for B-2
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors B-2