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Romania US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.3 / 5
153 Review(s)
Bucharest, Romania
Review #29288 on March 11, 2021:

Ruxi & Colt

Ruxi & Colt


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Review Topic: K1 Visa

It was a very easy interview. The whole process took approximately 2 hours but most of it was waiting on a chair. The paperwork and the fingerprints took 10 minutes and the actual interview, around 10 to 15 minutes. Everything went smooth and the lady is extremely nice.
Questions asked:
My fiance's name
How we met
If he/I met my/his family
What he does for work
What I do for work
Wedding plans
When I plan to go to America
What I plan to do in America

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Bucharest, Romania
Review #29186 on February 19, 2021:

LexiBog




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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Good experience overall. ☺️

I arrived 15 minutes before the interview and they let me in. The whole process took approximately an hour or an hour and a half (most of that was waiting). Submitting my documents took maybe 10 minutes and the interview was another 10-15 minutes. The officers were friendly and approachable and the questions were normal things anyone would know about their fiancé.

Everything will be fine as long as you have all the necessary documents.

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Bucharest, Romania
Review #28448 on August 14, 2020:

Elllena




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Review Topic: General Review

I had my interview at 10:00, but I got there early around 9:15 and they let me in.

Went through security, just like you would at the airport. All I had with me was my bag, my wallet, keys, phone and the documents for the visa. They kept my phone and gave me a card. With that card you will be able to pick the phone back when you leave.

There were only 2 other people in the room, someone with a K1 and someone with a spousal visa.
At the first counter they took my fingerprints, my original marriage certificate, birth certificate, police clearance, one 5x5 picture, evidence of relationship and my new and old passport because it had an old J1 visa in it.

I sat down for maybe 20 minutes and then I was called by a lady consul. She was very nice and friendly. First I took the oath that I will say the truth and then she asked me how I met my husband, what was I doing in the US at the time I met him, when we officially started dating and when I saw him last time. I had 2 J1 visas, one in 2018 and another in 2019 and she asked me a lot of questions about my J visas( where I worked, if I had intentions of marriage before my second J1 visa, when I finished working, when I left the US, how many times I was in the US, if I had any unpaid sevis fee). She then invited me to sit down because there were a few verification checks she had to do, but assured me everything is fine. After about 5 minutes she called me back and asked me what my husband is working, what our joint sponsor is working, what I plan to work and if I will have insurance. She told me everything looks good and is approved, but she still has to wait for some verification to be done and that my visa should arrive next week. She kept my passport and police clearance, all the other documents were handed back to me.

I was in and out in 1 hour, everyone from the security at the entrance to the consul was very nice.

My interview took around 25 minutes, more than I expected and she also asked me a lot of questions about my J1 visas. After leaving the embassy I was very anxious and nervous not knowing if my case will end in AP, but my visa was issued 2 days later.

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Bucharest, Romania
Review #28404 on July 22, 2020:

ad718

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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Interview experience:
I arrived at the Embassy with 30 minutes earlier, went directly across the street under the covered area. Soon I was approached by one guard, who asked me if I have an appointment and for what hour. There were 4 people (including me) with appointment for the same hour (out of 5, found out later someone didn't show up).
One employee came out and told us to come in front of the entry area, checked our names on the list and passports, and we entered one by one in the security check building. I only had my folder, my purse and wallet, and they kept my phone (not allowed to enter with electronic devices, USB sticks or CDs). From there, I walked through the yard into the next building, in the waiting room. The same employee asked for my name again, and told me to take a seat.
There were 3 windows open, where ladies were processing our documents. I was called at the window, and I handed her: my passport, the old passport with the tourist visa, one picture and the original documents (birth and mariage certificates, police record). Asked me a few questions (if any of us was previously married, if I lived in another country more than 1 year- in that case you need to bring police records from that country). I also gave her the confirmation page for the courier company TNT. For proof of relationship, they are interested in the pictures (I put them in an envelope), and I had a binder with plane tickets, hotel receipts, chat logs, authorized user for account/ credit card, form I-94 with US entry.
Even if in the instructions received in the email, they said to bring IRS transcripts for my husband, she didn't ask for them, but I brought it up, and I handed her proof on income for my husband (not required to file taxes) and IRS transcripts for our co-sponsor (NVC said income is not enough, even if it was over the poverty limit, and advised to get a joint sponsor, which we did, just to be on the safe side).
She also took my finger prints, informed me about the instructions to pay USCIS fee after I get the visa, and handed me a flyer about domestic violence. Invited me to take a seat and wait to be called for the interview.
Wasn't asked for DS-260 confirmation page nor NVC interview letter.

After about 20 minutes, I was called by the consul. He was very friendly and smiling, asked me how am I doing, informed me that I have to take an oath (you swear that you're telling the truth), checked my finger prints again, and the questions started.
First thing, he asked 'how we met', 'where does my spouse live', he made some observations which I confirmed, and then asked 'what do I do for a living', 'what are my plans when I get to the US', 'where did we get married'. All this time he smiled which made me feel confident and at ease. He put less questions than I expected. He handed back my binder, photographs, old passport (he canceled my tourist visa) and also the original certificates. He told me that my visa was approved, and will take between 2-3 days to print it and send it.
I asked about travel to the US, but he said they usually don't give advice on this matter, and I should follow travel.state.gov page.
I was out of the embassy after 40 minutes, time which explains by the low number of cases processed, during this period.

After 2 days, I received my passport with the handout about instructions to pay USCIS fee, the original police record and the photograph. There was no sealed envelope, because there is an annotation on the visa, saying "IV Docs in CCD", meaning that the visa was issued under the new electronic process (sent scanned docs on CEAC) (See: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ro/ro-gen-faq.asp bottom page).

Medical exam at Regina Maria:
I made the appointment for the 9th (interview on the 20th) at 9:30. On the phone, the doctor said it takes about 1 week for the results to show up in the embassy data base. There won't be any package to pick up, they will send it directly to the embassy.
Get there at least 30 min earlier, since you have to check in at the reception. The lady informed me that I have take a urine sample. Took a long time to be called for the blood tests, and I panicked a bit since it was over 9:30 already. Found out later that the others (about 3 people) had also appointment for the same hour.
Dr. Mariana Toma scanned and made copies for all the required documents and handed everything back to me (passport, photo, NVC appointment letter, medical certificate stating I am healthy and vaccination record from my family doctor, and I prepared a paper with the address in the US and my email. She put questions about health issues, allergies etc., checked my height and weight, blood pressure, and listened with the stethoscope. She said that I should take 2 shots: Adacel (Vaccin difteric, tetanic şi pertussis acelular) and Varilrix (varicela), since I told her I had no childhood disease. She was friendly and professional.
The chest X-ray I had to make at the hospital Regina Maria, 1 minute away from the clinic. The nurse gave me a CD with the X-ray. I had to pay here for the X-ray.
Costs: 1380 lei (800 lei medical exam + 580 lei vaccines)
Time: 2 hours and 40 min

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Bucharest, Romania
Review #28381 on July 16, 2020:

Constantinely

Constantinely


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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Hi All,

I was not there myself, but this is my husband's review.

He arrived about 15 minutes early. He was asked for all the items in the interview appointment letter (passport, passport size photo, marriage certificate, his birth certificate, his police clearance certificate, my divorce decree, and any pertinent relationship proof). We had our wedding photos and photos of our visits to each other, which were sufficient. We made a binder that had everything from our petition ANR what we uploaded on CEAC but this is all they really looked at.

He was called up to the window and said the only real "on the record" question they asked him was "when did you guys meet?" He said the consular officer (CO) was super nice and made him feel at ease. The rest of the interview was more conversational. The CO made some jokes about our street name (in California) and talked about my husband's job prospects. He made a sweet comment that we looked really cute and happy together, and that he wishes us the best.

The CO also gave him the tip not to fly through the usual connections of AMS or CDG or LHR, and my hubs asked about flying out from IST, which he recommended. He said hubs will get his passport and visa on Monday, and then he'll be able to come home to me.

I hope this review helps you all out!

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