FAQ Immigrant Visas
1. How can I immigrate to the US?
There are four categories of U.S. immigration: immediate relatives, family-based, employment-based and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, sometimes known as the "green card" lottery. 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 need to use your case receipt number.
3. I am an American. How can I file an immigrant petition for my spouse or 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 see: 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 see: 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, but six months is a good guess. 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. But 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 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 US (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 US (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. If you want to visit the U.S. Embassy just to give up your card, email us at Chisinau-CA@state.gov to request an appointment.
13. How can I file an I-130 petition in Chisinau?
Since August 15, 2011 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 $240, payable at any MoldovaAgroindbank branch in Moldovan lei before the visa interview.
15. We are not ready for our fiancée visa interview. Can the fiancée 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 1 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.
18. Where can I get more information about the Diversity Visa (the "Green Card lottery")?
Please visit this site, http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html, for more information. Beware of websites that pretend to be official U.S. government sites, which will charge you money to help you enter, or charge you money if you win. There is no charge to enter the Diversity Visa lottery.
If you have received an email that says you have won the Diversity Visa lottery, please see: http://moldova.usembassy.gov/pr012811.html.
19. What is the official website where I can register for the Diversity Visa lottery (the "green card" lottery)?
The only official website is http://www.dvlottery.state.gov . Remember, if it's not ".gov", it's not the U.S. government.
20. May I apply for the Diversity Visa lottery if I am in the U.S.?
Yes, you can be anywhere in the world when you apply, and you can be anywhere when you win.
21. When I entered the Diversity Visa lottery, I made a mistake and did not list all of my children. Now I have won the lottery. What should I do?
By law, you were required to list all of your unmarried children under age 21, whether they are your natural children, your spouse's children, or your adopted children. You were not required to list children who were already U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents ("green card" holders) at the time you applied. If you left anyone off your entry, your application must be refused, by law.
22. Must I submit my own Diversity Visa lottery entry, or may someone act on my behalf?
You may prepare and submit your own entry, or have someone submit the entry for you. Be careful if you let someone else enter for you, because you must have your own confirmation number to check whether you have won, and to get instructions if you have won. If you let someone else enter for you, they may ask you for money to tell you whether you have won. Print a copy of your confirmation page to make sure you have your confirmation number.
23. How will I know if I win the Diversity Visa lottery?
The only way to see whether you have won is by using the "Entrant Status Check" at dvlottery.state.gov. The U.S. government does not sent letters or emails to notify winners.
24. Does it cost anything to enter the Diversity Visa lottery?
There is NO FEE to enter at dvlottery.state.gov. If you win, you will pay all required fees at the U.S. Embassy when you come for your interview.
25. If I win the Diversity Visa lottery, will the U.S. government help me with airfare, housing, employment, health care, or finances?
No, you need to be able to support yourself in the U.S.
26. In the past, Moldovan Diversity Visa lottery winners had to travel to Bucharest for their visa interviews. Where do Moldovan lottery winners have their interviews now?
Since October 2011, Moldovan Diversity Visa Lottery winners have their interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau.
27. How much is the consular fee for the Diversity Visa Applicants?
Effective April 13, 2012, the fee has been $ 330 for each family member. You can pay at the U.S. Embassy on the day of your interview in Moldovan lei, U.S. dollars, or with a credit card.