United States Embassy in Riga Information

 As of July 15, 2020 the United States Embassy in Riga, Latvia is resuming certain non-immigrant visa services, including: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F, M, and some J), air and sea crew members (C1/D); and some family members of U.S. citizens consistent with Presidential Proclamation 10014. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

NOTE: All visa applicants should bring face masks to be used at all times upon entry to the Embassy and its territory.

RENEWALS - We strongly encourage applicants from the above groups who are renewing previously issued nonimmigrant visas of the same classification that expired less than 12 months ago, to follow the guidance on applying via the mail-in (Interview Waiver) process and NOT schedule a visa interview. See guidance here on ustraveldocs.com.

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance at here on ustraveldocs.com or contact the call center at +371-6609-2000 to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.

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For visa applicants who do not live in Latvia

Please note that appointments for applicants who do not live in Latvia are full through December 2020. The U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia is able to provide a very limited number of appointments for applicants who do not live in Latvia. If you are a third country national not resident in the Embassy’s consular district of Latvia and an immediate appointment is needed please apply with another U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has a larger interviewing capacity and can interview in your spoken language. 

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U.S. Department of State Information

 June 22, 2020

 On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation.

The proclamation suspends entry of nonimmigrants in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, J (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L, along with their spouses and children. No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants. The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

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April 22, 2020

 On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/

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January 31, 2020

 On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within 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 May 24, 2020:
- 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

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.

 

For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at support-Latvia@ustraveldocs.com, www.ustraveldocs.com/lv or +371(0)66092000 for specific guidance.

 


IMPORTANT! ALL APPLICANTS MUST NOTE PRIOR TO PROCEEDING!

  • You must read very carefully all information regarding the visa application procedure and visa fee payment process in the links below PRIOR to proceeding with creating an account and logging in. Failing to read the instructions may cause you significant difficulties and delays in your ability to receive a U.S. visa.
  • Please keep in mind that in order to pay the visa fee it is MANDATORY to have a CGI Reference Number and enter it in the payment description field. Do NOT alter the number or add any other information, or there will be a delay with confirming your payment. You must keep the number and use it also later for scheduling your visa interview.

 

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Latvia. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Riga.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Latvia.