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


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.


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here from additional information.


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, 2022, 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.


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 9996. 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.

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. 

 

Immigrant visa services are available in limited capacity to applicants who are spouses or children of U.S. citizens (IR/CR-1, IR/CR-2, IR/IH-3, and IR/IH-4). Other immigrant visa applicants, including K fiancé visa applicants, remain subject to geographic COVID-19 related P.P.s 9984, 9992, and 10143, 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. Detailed information on these restrictions is posted at State Department’s web page at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html.


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.


President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.


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 and 10143:

  • South Africa
  • 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 ask that 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.


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.