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Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.

Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy Riga. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.

If you are using sign language or you are not fluent in Latvian, English, or Russian, a personal interpreter may accompany you. You must submit your interpreter’s full name and date of birth to the embassy by email least two (2) business days prior to your scheduled appointment and present identification upon arrival at the U.S. Embassy.

If you are renewing your previous U.S. visa that is still valid or expired less than 24 months ago, we strongly encourage you to mail-in your application documents to the Embassy in place of a visa interview.

Supporting Documents

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application;
  • Your visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt;
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page;
  • Visa class specific application items (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about each can be found here); and
  • An envelope with your address label that will be used by the Embassy to return your visa and documents to you. You should e-mail or call tel. +371 200 00041 to request the address label for your visa pass-back. The subject line of your e-mail should be - U.S. visa application delivery request.

Restrictions to Changing Appointments

Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.

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