On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/.


At this time, U.S. Embassy Bucharest is accepting first time and renewal visa applications from the following visa categories:

  • C1/D merchant marine crewmembers (not cruise ship members) 
  • C1/D air crew members 
  • B1 (OCS) who are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crewmember actives
  • We will continue to accept visa applications for officials and diplomatic visas submitted only through MFA.
  • H2A (in agriculture) and H2B (only in food production) temporary workers. In addition, Embassy Bucharest has expanded the Interview Waiver Program (IW) for certain H2A (in agriculture) and H2B (only in food production) Temporary Workers.  Effective immediately, the Embassy will accept applications for renewals for H2A (in agriculture) and H2B (only in food production) temporary worker visas through the IWP when the prior visa expired within the last two years. To qualify for the IWP expansion program, applicants must be a citizen or resident of Romania with an approved petition from a USCIS. This expansion of the IWP program ends on 31 December 2020.

Important! Visa applicants who have been refused under Section 221(g) of INA and have received a yellow letter stating “Your case requires a personal appearance” must not come to the Embassy until further notice, unless they are applying for one of the above visa categories.


Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 16, the United States Embassy in Bucharest is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. From March 16, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications through Interview Waiver / Renewal for all categories, except C1/D, H2A and H2B. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ro/ro-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.


IMPORTANT: Dear applicants, in response to the recent Presidential Proclamation, all interviews for applications refused under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 221(g) are suspended until further notice, with the exception of C1/D Crewmember (marine industry only, not cruise workers) and petition based applications - H2A, H2B.


Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

  • Brazil
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.  For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at support-romania@ustraveldocs.com for specific guidance.


On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.


If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status. More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available here.


PLEASE NOTE THE DELIVERY LOCATION! IF YOUR VISA IS APPROVED YOU WILL NEED TO LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT WITH THE CONSULAR SECTION AND IT WILL BE RETURNED AT THE DELIVERY LOCATION YOU HAVE SELECTED WHEN YOU HAVE SCHEDULED THE APPOINTMENT (TNT OFFICE OR HOME/OFFICE) WITHIN 2-3 BUSINESS DAYS. UNEXPECTED EVENTS MAY CAUSE A DELAY IN THIS PROCESSING.


Visa applicants who qualify and use Interview Waiver must create a profile through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ro and choose the TNT pickup location or premium services before they submit their documents. Otherwise you will not be able to get them back.


If you would like to schedule an appointment for a new visa application and if you have already applied for a visa in the past, please fill in a new DS-160 form (DS-160 form can be found here) and update your profile with the new DS-160 confirmation number, before scheduling the appointment.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Romania. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Romania.