Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.
You need to register your appointment online. Registering your appointment provides us with the information we need to return your passport to you after your interview. Registration is free. Click the “Register” button below to register.
To cancel or re-schedule your interview appointment, please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by email at VisasBucharest@state.gov or at the phone number listed to the right.
As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Romania. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices in Romania. Please schedule and attend a medical exam with one of these doctors before your interview.
It is important that you bring all required original documents to your interview. We’ve created a checklist that will tell you what to bring. Please print the checklist below and bring it to your interview along with the listed documents.
Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.
Under the U.S. immigration law, each applicant for an immigrant or K visa, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination before a visa can be issued. Medical examination must be performed by one of the Embassy specially-appointed panel physicians listed below.
Dr. Lucian RUSSU
Dr. Domnica BENDU
1-3 Frasari Street
Voluntari, Ilfov County
Tel: 031-9101 or 021-311-7793, 021-311-7794
021-311-7795 or 021-3117796
Dr. Mariana TOMA
Dr. Wargha ENAYATI
5B Ion Ionescu de la Brad Street
Bucharest, sector 1
Cell Phone: 0724-299331;
Please contact one of these two institutions listed above, at your choice, to arrange an appointment for your medical examination.
Items to bring to your medical examination
The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:
All visa applicants are requested to pay the required fees for their exams.
Please be advised that the prices and service times vary between the two clinics.
During the medical exam
The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, and blood tests (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two years of age and older. Please be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments you are undergoing. More information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available here.
U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current immigrant visa vaccination requirements are available here. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions about our medical examination requirements online.
After the medical exam
The medical examination is valid from 3 to 6 months, depending on the results.
The results of the medical tests may take up to seven days.
SCHEDULE YOUR MEDICAL EXAMINATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER YOU RECEIVE NOTIFICATION FROM THE NATIONAL VISA CENTER OR KENTUCKY CONSULAR CENTER ABOUT YOUR VISA INTERVIEW DATE AND TIME. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU COMPLETE YOUR MEDICAL EXAM PRIOR TO ARRIVING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
When your examination is completed, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope or send them directly to the U.S. Consulate. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview.
Any x-rays taken will be given to you in CD format. You DO NOT need to bring this CD to your visa interview. However, you must bring the x-rays on the CD with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. Your visa will be limited to the expiration date of your medical exam.
Special Medical Conditions
The medical examination is not a full and complete physical examination. Its purpose is to screen only for certain medical conditions relevant to U.S. immigration law. The medical examination will include a medical history, physical examination, chest x-ray and blood tests for syphilis and gonorrhea for all applicants over 15 years of age. Children under 15 years of age do not routinely require a chest x-ray or blood tests.
The Department of State and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) also require testing for the detection of tuberculosis (TB) and for infection with gonorrhea. Please be aware that the results of these tests may take up to ten (10) days. Please carefully read the following chart to see what tests are required for different age groups:
0 years – 2 years: These applicants only need the general medical exam, unless the doctor requires additional tests.
2 years – 14 years: In addition to the medical examination, all applicants in this age group need an interferon gamma release assay (IGRA). If the test result is positive, the applicant will be required to have a chest x-ray. If the test result is negative, the chest x-ray is not required.
15 years and older: In addition to the general medical examination, all applicants need a chest x-ray, and blood tests for syphilis and gonorrhea.
U.S. immigration law requires immigrant and K visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa.
Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations on behalf of immigrant visa applicants are now required to verify that immigrant visa applicants have met the new vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for the visa applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations:
In order to assist the panel physicians, and to avoid delays in the processing of an immigrant visa, all immigrant visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician’s review at the time of the immigrant medical examination. Visa applicants should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record, if one is available. If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will work with you to determine which vaccinations you may need to meet the requirement. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician.
Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history and current medical condition.
Please use the list below to determine the items that every applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview. Any documents that are not in either English or Romanian must be accompanied by a certified English translation:
Applicants who fall into any category listed in italics below should bring these additional documents:
For family-based visa applications:
If you are married: Your original marriage certificate and a photocopy.
If you were previously married: Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate, and a photocopy.
If you are older than 16 years of age: The original police certificate from your country of current residence and any countries of previous residence where you lived for one year or more. If these three items are all true, you must bring a more recent police certificate to the interview:
For employment-based visa applications: Letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago.
If you have ever been convicted of a crime: Court and criminal records, and a photocopy.
If you have served in any country’s military: Military records and a photocopy.
If you are adopted: Adoption papers or custody documents, and a photocopy.
If you are the petitioner’s stepchild: The original marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, and a photocopy along with divorce records for any previous marriages of either parent.
Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy
If the embassy requests additional information or documentation, you must submit those documents at a TNT Express office. This web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the embassy.
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by email at VisasBucharest@state.gov or by calling 021 270 6000. There may be a wait before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date already assigned. For some family-based and employment preference visa categories, a visa became available within the month you have been scheduled by NVC. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year. There is no guarantee that a visa will still be available on the date of your rescheduled interview. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide to reschedule your interview.
You need to register your original appointment online before you can reschedule it. Rescheduling is only possible on a date after your assigned appointment.
Security screening procedures
All visitors to the U.S. Embassy must follow certain security procedures. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be unable to enter the embassy. To avoid delaying your entry and that of those in line behind you, please bring only what is required for your interview. Applicants are not permitted to bring weapons, large pieces of luggage, cell phones, cameras, or any type of electronic or recording device onto the grounds of the U.S. Embassy. Food and beverages are also not permitted. Applicants may check cell phones and electronic devices with the security guards at the consular entrance.
Attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview. The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:
Immigrant visa fees
If you have not paid all required fees to either the National Visa Center or via the appointment website, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview. All fees may be paid in U.S. dollars or the RON dollar equivalent. We accept cash and credit cards only. Please note that if you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded. A complete list of fees can be found here.
Do not make travel plans outside of Romania
If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the embassy while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa for your passport. We will return your passport to you later via courier services only. If you have to travel within Romania while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.
A consular officer can make a decision on a visa application only after reviewing the formal application and interviewing the applicant. There is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. Do not sell your house, car or property, resign from your job or make non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa.
If more information is needed
Sometimes a consular officer is unable to make a decision on a visa application because he/she needs to review additional documents or the case requires further administrative processing. When additional documents are requested, the consular officer will give you a refusal letter that asks you to submit additional documents. The letter will include instructions on how to send those documents to the embassy.
Administrative processing takes additional time after the interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days. However, the timing varies based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about the status of administrative processing, please wait at least 60 days after your interview.
What happens after visa approval
Passport, Visa, and Sealed Immigrant Packet – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors. We will also give you a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you. Do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive X-rays during your medical examination, you must also carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities.
USCIS Immigrant Fee – All individuals who are issued immigrant visas overseas must pay an Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to traveling to the United States. This fee is for processing your residency status and printing your Permanent Resident Card. The only people exempt from paying this fee are: children entering the United States under the Hague Process, returning residents, and people traveling on a K visa.
When You Should Travel – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually six months from the date of printing. Your visa cannot be extended and all fees are nonrefundable. The principal applicant must enter before or at the same time as other family members with visas. Children who turn 21 years old after visa issuance must enter the United States before they turn 21 years old; otherwise they will lose their immigrant status.
Getting a Green Card – Your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, will be automatically mailed to the address in the United States that you write in your visa application form. This is a very important document that proves you have permission to reside in the United States. Do not travel outside of the United States until you receive your Permanent Resident Card. Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you will lose your status as a Lawful Permanent Resident.
Children’s Issues – Children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school in the United States. Therefore, we recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. Additionally, if your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with the child’s other parent, we recommend that you bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will likely need these papers (translated into English) in the United States for issues such as school enrollment, medical care, and eventual citizenship.
Information for New Immigrants – Please visit the USCIS web page for helpful information on moving to the United States. You can read their publication “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” online.
If you are interviewing for a Diversity Visa (DV), all of the above instructions apply to you. Please schedule and attend a medical examination prior to your visa interview and gather the required documents.
Below are additional instructions that apply only to DV applicants.
Bring to your interview
In addition to the documents listed on the Pre-Interview Checklist in this package, DV applicants should also bring the following items to your visa interview:
Review your DV Lottery entry
Prior to your visa interview, we recommend that you review the data on your initial E-DV entry. On your initial E-DV application, you must have correctly entered your marital status. If you are legally married you must have listed your spouse, even if you are currently separated from him/her (unless your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident).
Additionally, you must have listed ALL of your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years old. This includes your natural children, your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country.
Failure to have listed an existing spouse or children at the time of your entry in the Diversity Visa lottery will result in the denial of your visa and visas for your family. Any fees paid to the U.S. government in support of your visa application(s) are nonrefundable. If you failed to include a child who had already been born, or a spouse to whom you were married when you entered the lottery, you should not proceed with the visa application. You can review the eligibility requirements online.
Last Updated: 9/23/2019
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