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.


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 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 24 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. 

 


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.


On December 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market. This proclamation extends Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 10014 and 10052 through March 31, 2021. P.P. 10014 suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, while P.P. 10052 suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the suspension of P.P. 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas. 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.


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.


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.