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Last update: September 26, 2016

No Eyeglasses Policy

Eyeglasses must not be worn in a photo provided for a visa application, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant's eyes. A medical statement signed by a medical professional/health practitioner must be provided in these cases. If the eyeglasses are accepted for medical reasons:

  • The frames of the eyeglasses must not cover the eye(s).
  • There must not be glare on eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).
  • There must not be shadows or refraction from the eyeglasses that obscures the eye(s).

Photo requirements are available here.

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 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.

Important Notice – Chinese Citizens Applying for B1/B2 Visas

In accordance with the agreement signed between the United States and China to extend visa validity, beginning in November 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports will be required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application via a website every two years, or upon getting a new passport, whichever occurs first. This mechanism will be called EVUS - Electronic Visa Update System.

根据美中双方签署的延长签证有效期的协议,自2016年11月起,凡持有10 年 B1,B2 或 B1/B2签证的中华人民共和国护照持有人需要每两年或在获取新护照时(无论哪种情况先发生),通过网站更新他们签证申请上的个人资料及其他信息。这个机制我们称之为EVUS –签证更新电子系统。

You do not need to take any action until the EVUS online update system becomes available in November 2016. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information throughout the year. For further information, please visit


Important Notice – Visa Application Fee Payment

Important information on fee collection services: From January 1st, 2016 the TrustPay fee collection option will become unavailable. You can pay your MRV fee at any branch of BRD.

DV-2017 Program

Online registration for the DV-2017 Program begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and ends on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST). See the Diversity Visa Program ( webpage for more information and instructions in English.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a redesigned website

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State launched a redesigned website, 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.

DV 2015 Program

Online registration for the DV 2015 Program began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information.

DV-2015 Program Instructions

Select the English version of the DV-2015 Program Instructions in PDF format for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2015 Program Instructions is the only official version.

Important Notice

Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. Consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate their immigrant visa applications upon receipt of an approved I-130 or I-140 petition from USCIS. Diversity Visa applicants may include same-sex spouses in their initial entries or add spouses acquired after their initial registration. Those spouses who will follow-to-join DV 2013 applicants must make application on or before September 30, 2013. Spouses of DV 2014 applicants, even those not included in the initial entry, must apply before September 30, 2014. For further information, please see our FAQ's.

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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

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Learn and Know - Your Rights, Protections, and Resources

Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

For Visa Applicants in the K-1, K-3, IR-1/CR-1, and F2A categories: Before your visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, it is important that you carefully read the pamphlet below. In doing so, you will learn about your rights and protections, as well as resources available to you, if help is needed when you come to the United States.

The U.S. Government created the pamphlet below based on a U.S. law, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (Title D of Public Law 109-162), which reaffirms and strengthens the U.S. Government’s commitment to fight domestic violence and abuse in all forms.

Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

Pamphlet in English (.PDF file, 53 Kb)

New Procedures to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa
The Embassy of the United States of America in Bucharest is pleased to announce the introduction of a new appointment scheduling service and application procedure for nonimmigrant visa applicants.
Find out more or See the Press Release

DV 2014 Program: Registration for DV 2014 is now closed - additional entries cannot be accepted.
Online registration for the DV-2014 Program began Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

DV-2014 Program Instructions
The English version of the DV-2014 Program Instructions is available in PDF format (290 Kb) for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2014 Program Instructions is the only official version.

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Diversity Visa Scam

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    The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest presents a short video warning against the dangers of scams which prey on participants in the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program.

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