Immigrant Visa Information

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In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.


U.S. citizens and current permanent residents wanting to petition for immigrant classification for their parent, spouse, or minor child must file an I-130 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Select here to determine the correct filing location for a family based petition.  For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please visit the USCIS website at  or contact USCIS by telephone in the U.S. at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

If you are immigrating to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, you must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online unless you meet one of the exemptions . This fee is not related to the immigrant visa application fees collected by Department of State.

Select USCIS Immigrant Fee  to go to the USCIS Website to learn more.

Exceptional Filing

Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section to accept the filing. Each request will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section to request consideration for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the U.S. Embassy . The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances which warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. USCIS guidance on examples of exceptional circumstances is posted here: See also Embassy Riga website at for more information. 

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from National Visa Center (NVC), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or the Embassy. Do not make your medical exam appointment before receiving these instructions.

U.S. Embassy Appointment

National Visa Center (NVC), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or the Embassy will inform you about your immigrant visa interview appointment date. If you wish to reschedule your initial appointment  for a later date, please access this link  to do so. You must have a registered profile to be able to schedule a new appointment. After logging into your profile, please click on “New Application/Schedule Appointment”, select “Immigrant Visa” and then choose ,,Rescheduling immigrant visa interview appointment" option. Continue with the process to select the applicable visa type, document delivery option and a date and time for the interview.

You must appear at the U.S. Embassy Riga on the date and time of your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy Riga that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.

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  at least two (2) business days prior to your scheduled appointment and present identification upon arrival at the U.S. Embassy.