FAQ Immigrant Visas
1. How can I immigrate to the US?
For more information about immigrant visas please see: http://moldova.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visas.html or http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1326.html.
2. How can I check the status of the petition filed on my behalf?
You can check the status of your immigrant visa petition on http://www.uscis.gov. You will need to use your case receipt number.
3. I am an American. How can I file an immigrant petition for my spouse, child, or parent?
You can file an immigrant visa petition (I-130) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. For more information about this process please visit: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/immigrants_1340.html.
4. I just got married to an American citizen – how does my spouse start the immigrant process for me?
Your spouse can file an immigrant visa petition (I-130) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States. For more information about this process please visit: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/immigrants_1340.html.
5. How long does it take between filing the petition with USCIS and the time the immigrant visa is issued?
Every case is unique and we cannot predict how long the process will last. We can promise you that as soon as we receive your case here in Chisinau, we will process your case as quickly as we can. Do not make travel plans until you actually have your immigrant visa.
6. Where can I get more information about Immigrant Visas and the National Visa Center?
- You can learn more about immigrant visas and the National Visa Center, at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1309.html
- For information about the interview process, please visit at: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html
- A glossary of technical definitions of terms for visas can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/glossary/glossary_1363.html.
7. Does the petitioner need to come to the immigrant visa interview?
Petitioners do not need to accompany the visa applicant on interview day.
8. Who must attend the interview? Do I need to bring all my children?
All immigrant visa applicants must appear at the interview.
9. How do I complete my medical exam?
See this document for instructions: http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/medical/CHS-MED-MULT-0001-1011.pdf.
10. I am a Legal Permanent Resident ("green card" holder) and had a baby in Moldova. How do I return to the U.S. with my child?
The Consulate can provide you with a boarding letter for your child if:
• Your child was born subsequent to issuance of your immigrant visa and before you traveled to the United States on that immigrant visa, or
•You are an LPR (green card holder) and your child was born during your temporary visit abroad, provided the child is less than two years old and you have not returned to the U.S. since the birth of the child.
If you need a boarding letter for your child, email us at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to request an appointment. Include your name, date of birth, passport number, status in the United States (permanent, conditional, etc.), and your alien number (A number), as well as your child’s name, date of birth, and passport number.
11. I am a Legal Permanent Resident ("green card" holder), and I have been outside the U.S. for more than a year. Can I return to the U.S.?
In most cases, you have lost your LPR status by staying outside the U.S. for more than a year. You can apply for a returning resident visa (SB-1), but you need to convince a consular officer that the reason for your long stay was beyond your control. If you need to apply for a returning resident visa, email us at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to request an appointment. Include your name, date of birth, passport number, former status in the United States (permanent, conditional, etc), and your Alien number (A number).
12. I am a Legal Permanent Resident ("green card" holder), and I want to abandon my status and turn in my "green card" (I-551). How do I do that?
You are welcome to surrender your card when you apply for a visa or whenever is convenient. If you want to give up your card at the U.S. Embassy, email us at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to request an appointment.
13. How can I file an I-130 petition in Chisinau?
All I-130 petitions can be filed only with USCIS in the US.
14. How much does the fiancée visa cost?
The fee for the fiancée visa is $265, payable at any Moldova Agroindbank branch in Moldovan lei before the visa interview.
15. We are not ready for our fiancée visa interview. Can the fiancé(e) petition be extended?
Email us at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to request an extension of the filed petition. Please describe why you need the additional time. We will reply by email.
16. Do I need to translate and notarize all the documents that I send to the National Visa Center (NVC)? How about the ones I will present at my immigrant visa interview?
You do not need to translate documents that are in Romanian, Russian or English. However, if you bring a document in a different language, we need to see a notarized translation (without apostille).
17. How can I get police certificates from other countries where I have resided for more than one year after the age of 16?
For information about police certificates from other countries please see: http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_3272.html.