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Non-Immigrant Visas

Non Immigrant Visa Information

Last update: March 30, 2016

Important Notice - 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.

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 www.cbp.gov/EVUS.

在2016年11月EVUS在线更新系统发布前,你无需采取任何行动。在未来一年里,美国国土安全部、海关及边境保护局(CBP)将把最新资讯及时告知签证持有者。更多信息请浏览 www.cbp.gov/EVUS.

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.

Important Notice – Passport Validity

Please note that applying for a visa with a limited validity or temporary passport may cause your visa to be limited as well. If you have applied for a visa with a limited validity or temporary passport on more than one occasion, you may be asked to obtain a full validity passport prior to visa issuance. To avoid delays in visa processing, please apply with a full validity passport. Full validity Romanian passports are valid for five years. If your passport is valid for one year or less, it is a limited validity passport.

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For Visa Appointments and Visa Information call 03 17 800 260 or visit www.ustraveldocs.com/ro

New Appointment System and Application Procedures for Visa Applicants Available at www.ustraveldocs.com/ro

All applicants (except those who qualify for the Visa Renewal program) must appear at the Consular Section for a personal interview. We encourage applicants to carefully read the information on this website before coming to their interview.

All Romanians who want to visit the United States temporarily must apply for a non-immigrant visa. There are a wide variety of reasons for a non-immigrant visa, including tourism, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please see non-immigrant visa classifications on the USCIS website.

Holding a visa does not guarantee entrance into the United States. Although you were issued a visa, only the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the authority to allow you into the United States and to determine the length of your visit. At the port of entry, a CBP official must validate your Record of Arrival - Departure (Form I-94) which tells you how long you may stay.

The information on this website is designed to help you understand the process and to come to the interview prepared. The visa application process is explained in detail at Application Process link. If you have any visa related question, please check our Frequently Asked Questions section. Every applicant must fill out an application form online. For a list of the standard forms required, visit the Forms and Documents page. Depending on the type of visa, applicants may be required to bring additional documents to the visa interview. For a list of required documents, select the type of visa for which you are applying from the list to the left.

You may also find here useful information about Visa Refusals and Questions and Answers about Section 214(b) of INA (PDF File, 418kb). If you are unable to find the information you need on our website, feel free to contact us at visasbucharest@state.gov.

Visa Appointment and Processing Wait Times

There are many factors that may influence the processing of individual visa cases, such as additional administrative processing or incomplete applications. Applicants should plan well in advance of their proposed travel plans and apply early for a visa. For further information on wait time, please check the Visa Appointment and Processing Times page. In general, if the visa is approved, the next business day it will be printed and the passport will be delivered to the courier services provider (TNT).

Legal Rights and Protections

The U.S. Government is committed to fight human trafficking and labor abuses in all their forms. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act explains your rights, protections and resources. Further information is available at page Rights and Protections for Temporary Workers.

PROGRAMS:

Expedited Visa Renewal Program

Certain visa applicants meeting the requirements below may utilize the new procedure to renew their visa. The program applies to the following visa categories:

B1/B2 (Business/Tourism) Visa Applicants:

  • Have a previously issued B1/B2 visa which is either still valid or has expired within the last 48 months and have been interviewed after January 1, 2008.

Visa applicants with the age of 80 or more and minors are also entitled to use this program.

F, J*, M (Students and Exchange Visitors) Visa Applicants:

  • Have a previously issued F, J*, or M visa which is either valid or has expired within the last 48 months, have been interviewed after January 1, 2008, and will continue participation in the same program or attendance at the same institution as in the previous visa.

*(Does not apply to Summer Work Travel. See Below.)

C1/D (Crew Members) Visa Applicants:

  • Have a previously issued C1/D visa which is either still valid or has expired within the last 48 months and have been interviewed after January 1, 2008.

I (Foreign Media Representatives) Visa Applicants:

  • Have a previously issued I visa which is either still valid or has expired within the last 48 months and have been interviewed after January 1, 2008.

O-1 (Aliens with Extraordinary Ability), O-2 (Accompanies or Assists O-1 holder) and O-3 (Dependant of O-1 or O-2) Visa Applicants:

  • Have a previously issued O-1/O-2/O-3 visa which is either still valid or has expired within the last 48 months and have been interviewed after January 1, 2008.

Please note that:

  • Visa applicants who changed their name after marriage/divorce are not eligible for this program. They will have to come to the visa interview.
  • J Summer Work Travel visa applicants are not eligible for this program. They will have to come to the visa interview.
  • If your previous passport with a U.S. visa was lost/stolen, and you meet all requirements for the visa renewal program, please submit a police report stating that your passport was lost/stolen, in addition to the required documents.

Visa applicants wishing to take advantage of this service should ensure they send their application and supporting documents to the Embassy through TNT. All passports will be collected by the applicants from the TNT offices. When submitting your application and supporting documents, please allow time for the courier service and the adjudication by a Consular Officer. Please note that we reserve the right to call applicants for an in-person interview for any reason deemed necessary by the adjudicating Consular Officer.

Diplomats and Government Officials

Certain applicants may qualify to use this program, which allows them to apply for a visa without a personal interview. To see the qualifying terms and conditions and the procedure that needs to be followed, please go to Diplomats & Government Officials page.

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 www.cbp.gov/EVUS.

在2016年11月EVUS在线更新系统发布前,你无需采取任何行动。在未来一年里,美国国土安全部、海关及边境保护局(CBP)将把最新资讯及时告知签证持有者。更多信息请浏览 www.cbp.gov/EVUS.

Business Visa Facilitation Program (BVFP) for AMCHAM Members

This program is designed for business travel only for full-time employees of member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AMCHAM). The applicants entitled to this program will have access to special appointment blocks each week. For further information on this program, please contact the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania.

Summer Work Travel

The Summer Work Travel program allows full-time university students to work in the United States for up to four months during their summer vacation. For more information about the program, please visit our Summer Work Travel page or the Summer Work Travel page of the Department of State.

Important Message

You may also find here useful information about Visa Refusals and Questions and Answers about Section 214(b) of INA (PDF File, 418kb). 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.

Know Your Rights

Scam Alert

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    ATTENTION! Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters. Click the alert icon for more information!

Visa Scam

  • Please be aware of strangers who approach you around the Embassy, metro stations, or Gara de Nord railway station offering to help you with any part of your visa application process.  Never pay any fees to these individuals.

    If such incidents occur, please inform/report (to) the Consular Section at 021-2706000 or via e-mail at bchfpm@state.gov.

Important Information

  • Do Not Commit Fraud!

    Presenting false documents or making false statements to a consular officer may result in a permanent ban from entering the United States. All the information provided will be carefully checked.

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