On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test(a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here

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, 2021. 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.


The U.S. Mission to Latvia understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


Note:

U.S. visa applicants in Latvia remain subject to the geographic COVID-19 related restrictions , which suspend visa processing to persons who have been physically present in the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa. As of November 8, when these restrictions will be lifted, the U.S. Embassy in Riga can process visa applications but this does not mean that all affected applicants will be able to immediately schedule their visa interviews due to limited interviewing capacity and substantial backlogs. Visa applicants in Latvia are also subject to Embassy’s restrictions on public services per lockdown regulations from October 21 – November 14, 2021, by the Government of Latvia.

Nonimmigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Riga, Latvia is only able to provide emergency limited nonimmigrant visa interviews for applicants with urgent travel needs. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance on ustraveldocs.com or contact the call center at +371-6609-2000 to request an emergency appointment.

We strongly encourage non-immigrant visa applicants who are renewing their visas and certain first time student visa applicants to follow the guidance on applying without an interview and NOT schedule a visa interview.

Immigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Riga, Latvia is providing limited immigrant visa services for adoptive children and other time-sensitive cases for Latvian passport and resident card holders.

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accommodate third country nationals not resident in Latvia.

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


Please note that, for overall safety reasons and to prevent the pandemic spread, the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia is not offering appointments for applicants who do not have Latvian passports or Latvian resident cards. 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.


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.