Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is now processing all immigrant and K visa categories as safely and quickly as possible in light of the local COVID-19 situation and limited staffing. We are prioritizing immigrant visa appointments until we eliminate our backlog of cases awaiting scheduling. See this website for more information on the prioritization of immigrant visa cases. We cannot accept transfers of immigrant visa cases from non-Moldovan citizens until we reduce the backlog of local 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 for the safety of other applicants and our staff.

Any cases 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.

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