U.S. Embassy Vilnius is resuming certain immigrant & certain non-immigrant visa services – Consular Affairs

As of July 15, U.S. Embassy Vilnius, Lithuania, is resuming certain immigrant and certain non-immigrant
visa services.

Non-immigrant visas

For those who wish to apply for a U.S. visa, the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, is processing only a
small number of the following nonimmigrant visas:

  • Official visas: A, G, NATO
  • Air/sea crew visas: C1/D, B1 (only if annotated “OCS” for seaman working on the Outer
    Continental Shelf of the United States)
  • Student visas: F (if holding a valid Form I-20) or M (if holding a valid Form I-20).

If you are already holding a visa in any of above-mentioned categories, no additional procedures are
required, and you may travel to the U.S.

If you hold a valid visa of not listed above category, you must follow the additional procedures. It means you must get from the Consular Section Chief an approved National Interest Exception (NIE). It would be granted for one entry within 30 days of the date of the approval. National Interest Exception may be provided to:

  • B1 (or B1/B2) or O visa holders (and their dependents) who are senior-level managers and executives traveling for business reasons.
  • B1 (or B1/B2) visa holders seeking to install or service complex machinery or equipment and who have specialized knowledge to do so.
  • P visa holders who are professional athletes (and their dependents) and essential staff.
  • E visa holders (treaty traders and investors).
  • J visa holders (with valid Form DS-2019) who are professors, research scholars, short-term scholars or specialists.
  • B2 (or B1/B2) visa holders traveling for humanitarian reasons: generally, persons seeking emergency medical treatment (including for family members) or seeking to visit a family member in the United States who is undergoing emergency medical care.
  • I visas: journalists who either hold a valid I visa or are applying for an I visa may be granted National Interest Exception (NIE) by the Consular Chief. Please contact consular section by e-mail consec@state.gov about a visa application or obtaining NIE.

Without NIE any visa holder will not be permitted to enter the U.S.

Please note! that the June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation protecting the U.S. labor market specifically bans travel through December 31, 2020 for persons holding visas in category H or L, without regard to any economic benefit to the United States, and also bans travel for J visa holders participating in au pair, intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor or the summer work travel program.

If you believe, you qualify for NIE, it means you are a business traveler providing a substantial economic benefit, an academic or a person traveling for humanitarian reason, you may send a letter to ConSec@state.gov providing any documentation explaining and supporting your application for NIE.

Please note! MRV fees are valid until December 31, 2021.

Immigrant visas:

The U.S. Embassy Vilnius, Lithuania, is processing immigrant visa cases for the spouses and children (under 21) of U.S. Citizens (visa classes IR-1, CR-1, IR-2, and CR-2). 

With the exception of certain cases (Adoptions, Age-outs, Humanitarian cases, SIVs, V92/V93s, SB-1s) the Embassy is not currently processing any other classes of immigrant and diversity visas.

If you have any further questions, you may send a letter to our Consular section: ConSec@state.gov