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Select here to learn more about certain individual petition-based visa applicants who are now eligible for waiver of interview.


Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

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.


Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2022. We strongly encourage applicants who meet this criteria, 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. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.


All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date..


The United States Embassy in Riga has resumed normal visa operations for visa applicants who are residents in the Embassy’s consular district of Latvia (holders of Latvian passports and resident permits).

Nonimmigrant Visas

Due to a limited interviewing capacity the United States Embassy in Riga, Latvia is only able to provide a limited number of nonimmigrant visa services to people who are not resident in Latvia. We are not able to serve non-resident applicants for exchange visitor, student and temporary work visas or consider group interview requests from non-resident visa applicants.

Non-immigrant visa applicants who are residents of Latvia and renewing their visas and certain first time student and temporary work visa applicants are urged to follow the guidance on applying without an interview and NOT schedule a visa interview. Note: Application without an interview is only available to residents in the Embassy’s consular district of Latvia.

Emergency appointment requests by nonimmigrant visa applicants not residents in Latvia:

We are generally not able to consider emergency (expedited) appointment requests from non-resident visa applicants who are not living in Latvia. We have limited capacity to assist Ukrainian, Belarussian and Russian applicants who need to travel immediately. In this case, please follow the guidance at ustraveldocs.com or contact the call center at +371-6609-2000 for information on how to request an emergency appointment. These requests need be well justified and are reviewed on a case by case bases by the consular section chief.

Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Riga, Latvia is providing all immigrant visa services for Latvian passport and resident card holders. We have a limited capacity for non-resident interview appointments. If you are not a resident in Latvia and prefer that your interview appointment is transferred from another embassy or consulate to Riga, please send an e-mail to Askconsular-Riga@state.gov and briefly describe case specific circumstances that warrant your case transfer. These requests need be well justified and are reviewed on a case by case bases by the consular section chief. While we are doing our best to accommodate these requests, for workload concerns, we are not able to approve them all.


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.