The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time due to the local COVID-19 situation and limited staffing. We can process all nonimmigrant visa categories except non-emergency B1/B2 (tourist) visas. We have very limited nonimmigrant appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis. For immigrant visas, we are processing all categories of immigrant and K visas now, but we have a very large backlog of cases that we will work to schedule as quickly and safely as possible. See our Immigrant Visa page and this information on the prioritization of cases for more information. We cannot accept transfers of immigrant visa cases from other countries until we reduce the local backlog of cases. Please note that if you are traveling to Moldova from another country for your visa appointment, we require that you have been present in Moldova for 14 days before you may enter the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview.
We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date. If you have a humanitarian emergency an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/md/md-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency nonimmigrant visa appointment.
The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.
Notice Regarding Travel Restrictions:
Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present, including to transit, in 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, 10143 and the subsequent proclamation issued April 30th, 2021:
- The Republic of South Africa;
- 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
Please note: These geographic restrictions do not apply to U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents and some of their family members. Travelers with a U.S. visa or a valid ESTA who are from, or currently are outside the EU are not permitted to transit Schengen Area airports on their way to the United States. Transiting the Schengen Area subjects travelers to travel restrictions
Please review the Presidential Proclamation for detailed information.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.