Nonimmigrant Visas

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

A non-immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission to the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) or is traveling to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, study, research and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying. If you are a U.S. Government-sponsored exchange visitor or official traveler representing international organization or your national government, please click here for information on visas for fee exempt applicants.

If you need help with your visa application or want to learn more about how to obtain a visa in order to travel to the United States, please contact our customer service center: CGI Group Inc. Customer Service Center.

English, Latvian and Russian speaking customer service agents are ready to assist you from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local Latvian time. The call center is closed weekends and Latvian national holidays, as observed by the U.S. posts.

The Contact Center is operated under contract with the U.S. Department of State by Stanley Associates Inc. (CGI Federal).

E-mail: (For case-specific visa inquiries only. Visa applicants should use above Contact Center assistance for routine visa processing questions.)


Embassy of the United States of America
1 Samnera Velsa St.,
Riga, LV-1510

The U.S. Embassy is located across from the shopping mall SPICE between Kalnciema and Lielirbes street. Entrance to the Consular Section is on S. Velsa street.


Customers choosing to drive to the embassy should note that there is NO designated parking available for the Consular Section visitors.

City buses Nr. 53, 22, 32, and 43, as well as minibuses Nr. 236 and 242 have stops within a walking distance from the embassy.

Nonimmigrant visa interviews are conducted by appointments only Tuesday through Friday between 8:45 am – 11:30 am, except Latvian and U.S. public holidays.

The U.S Embassy in Riga can accommodate very limited visa interview requests from third country nationals who are not resident in the Embassy’s consular district of Latvia. If you do not have long term status in Latvia, please apply with another U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has a larger interviewing capacity and can interview in your spoken language.