Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is now processing all immigrant visa and K visa categories, but our appointments are limited due to the local COVID-19 situation. We are prioritizing immigrant visa appointments, but we have a significant backlog of cases awaiting scheduling. 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.

Any cases in which have a humanitarian or emergency need for scheduling of an interview by the National Visa Center, may submit a request for an emergency appointment by emailing NVCExpedite@state.gov. The Embassy is also accepting appointment requests from boarding foil and returning resident permit applicants.

For questions regarding the status of your current immigrant visa application, please visit   https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html to submit your request.

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, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued January 25, 2021:

  • The Republic of South Africa;
  • 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 

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. immigrant visa who are from, or currently are outside the EU are not permitted to transit Schengen Area airports on their way to the United States unless they fall under an exception. Transiting the Schengen Area subjects travelers to travel restrictions. 

Please review the Presidential Proclamation for detailed information.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Moldova at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas