Nonimmigrant Visas

Please Note: All individuals entering the U.S. Embassy Vilnius must wear a face covering in accordance with Lithuanian government decrees mandating social distancing.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How are non-immigrant visas impacted by the January 25, 2021 Presidential Proclamation (P.P. 10143)

Presidential Proclamation 10143 bans entry to the United States of persons present in the Schengen Area (including Lithuania), the UK, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa.

For those holding valid U.S. non-immigrant visas, some may travel without restrictions, while others may travel only by first seeking approval from the U.S. Embassy. If you hold a valid non-immigrant visa or ESTA and wish to travel from Lithuania to the United States, please carefully read the information below to determine what restrictions may apply to you.

For those who wish to apply for a U.S. visa, the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius is approving only a small number of certain nonimmigrant visas at this time, as described below.

**Please note that the guidance on this page regarding who may travel to the United States or apply for a U.S. visa may change. Please check back frequently for updates.** 

Can I travel to the United States if I have a valid non-immigrant visa? 

You may travel to the United States without following any additional visa procedures if you hold a valid visa in any of the following categories:

  • Official visas: A, G, NATO
  • Air/sea crew visas: C1/D, B1 (only for seamen working on the Outer Continental Shelf, or at off-shore locations such as windfarms)
  • Student visas: F (if holding a valid Form I-20) or M (if holding a valid Form I-20).

As of January 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling to the United States must present to the airline documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous three days or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, before boarding the flight. Please see the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s FAQs page for more details.

If you hold a valid non-immigrant visa of another category not listed above, you must follow additional procedures in order to be allowed to travel to the United States, as described below.

I have a valid visa in a category not listed above.  Can I travel to the United States from Lithuania?

If you hold a valid non-immigrant visa in a category not listed above, you may travel only if the Consular Officer approves a “national interest exception (NIE)” for your trip. If approved, the NIE will allow you multiple entries to the United States, and will be valid for 12 months. In general, these national interest exceptions are provided to certain travelers seeking to provide vital support for critical U.S. infrastructure, academics, and persons traveling for specific humanitarian or urgent medical reasons. The following categories of non-immigrant visa holders may qualify for an NIE under PP10143:

  • Visa holders (may include B1/B2, E, and O) seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure.
  • I visa holders traveling in their capacity as journalists.
  • J visa holders (with valid Form DS-2019) who are non-degree students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists.
  • B2 (or B1/B2) visa holders traveling for lifesaving emergency medical treatment (including for family members).
  • B2 (or B1/B2) visa holders traveling to provide care for a close family member who is a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or other nonimmigrant-in-lawful-status alien, to include alleviating the burden of care from a medical or other institution.
  • H-1B or L visa holders whose activities fall under a critical infrastructure sector. For more information on which infrastructure sectors are considered critical, please visit https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors.

For more information on how to request a NIE for these travelers, please email consec@state.gov. For the latest information regarding NIEs, please go to the Department of State’s U.S. Visas News. NIEs under PP10143 are described here.

I am a professional athlete with a P visa. How do I request an NIE?

U.S. Embassy Vilnius is no longer able to process NIE requests for P visa holders (or applicants). Please contact DHS directly at http://www.dhs.gov/contact-us for more information.

I have a valid ESTA.  May I travel to the United States from Lithuania? 

ESTA holders who are traveling for business, humanitarian, or lifesaving medical reasons may also seek a national interest exception (NIE) to PP10143. If you attempt to travel on an ESTA without obtaining an NIE in advance, you will not be permitted to board a U.S.-bound flight and your ESTA will be cancelled.

I have a valid non-immigrant visa or ESTA and believe that I may qualify for a national interest exception (NIE). How do I apply?

If you hold a valid non-immigrant visa and believe that you qualify for a national interest exception, you should write to consec@state.gov and provide for each traveler:

  • Scan of your passport bio page
  • Scan of your current U.S. visa or ESTA confirmation (if you have)
  • Description of the purpose of your proposed trip to the United States
  • Travel dates
  • Any documentation supporting your request, e.g., information regarding your proposed business visit, the nature of your humanitarian reasons, etc. This does not include documentation related to COVID-19, which will only be required at the time of travel.

I was granted an NIE. What do I need to do at the airport?

Information on your NIE will be entered into applicable systems to authorize U.S. travel. Arrive at the airport early. If the airline has any questions on your travel eligibility, it should contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Regional Carrier Liaison Group (RCLG).

If traveling on ESTA, you may contact the CBP Travel Coordination Center for formal and informal inquiries related to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at help@cbp.dhs.gov or at U.S. phone number 1-877-227-5511.

As of January 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling to the United States must present to the airline documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous three days or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, before boarding the flight. Please see the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s FAQs page for more details.

I wish to apply for a non-immigrant visa. Are appointments available?

A limited number of appointments for specific categories of non-immigrant visas are available at U.S. Embassy Vilnius. The consular officer will determine whether you are eligible to travel under Presidential Proclamation 10143 at the time of the interview. Thus, for example, qualified students (categories F and M) or air/sea crew (category C1/D or certain B1 visas) may be processed as normal. Other categories may also be processed but only if the consular officer determines that a “national interest exception” (NIE) applies as described above (i.e., certain business travelers, academics, and persons traveling for humanitarian reasons). If you do not believe that you will qualify for a visa due to the restrictions in the Presidential Proclamation 10143, you may wish to postpone your appointment to a later date.

Can I get a refund of my application fee or ESTA fee? 

Visa application fees and ESTA application fees are not refundable.  Under current regulations you may reschedule your visa appointment at U.S. Embassy Vilnius at no additional charge through September 30, 2022. Approved ESTAs remain valid for up to two years.

I am a spouse of a U.S. citizen but do not have U.S. citizenship. Can I travel to the United States?

As the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you are not subject to the Presidential Proclamation travel restrictions, and do not need a national interest exception (NIE). However, you do need a visa or ESTA, and you must travel with proof of your spouse’s U.S. citizenship and an original marriage certificate to prove your relationship.

Can non-residents and non-citizens of Lithuania apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy Vilnius?

Currently, U.S. Embassy Vilnius provides very limited visa services ONLY to Lithuanian citizens and residents.

 

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

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.

The calculated wait time on travel.state.gov reflects for only in-country residents.

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.

Russian- and Lithuanian-speaking customer service agents are ready to assist you 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. The call center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Email:

To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to: support-lithuania@ustraveldocs.com

For non-routine and case-specific visa inquiries, as well as all other consular inquiries please use the following email: consec@state.gov

Telephone:
Telephone in Lithuania: +370 5 2140560

Telephone in the United States: +1 703 988 7102

Skype:

To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M., please add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-lithuania

Live chat:

Live chat is available at the Visa Information Service contact page.

Embassy Address

U.S. Embassy Vilnius
Akmenų 6
Vilnius, LT-03106
Lithuania

Nonimmigrant visa interviews are conducted by appointments only on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., except Lithuanian and U.S. public holidays.

A new interview waiver program opened on November 5, 2018, for Lithuanians who meet the requirements listed below. U.S. Embassy Vilnius has developed a new process for these applicants to receive a visa without an interview. There will be no need to come to the Embassy to apply for your visa in person. Simply drop off the passport and the needed materials at the TNT office in Vilnius (there is no fee charged for this service). Please read the general requirements and carefully follow the instructions. Please note that this option applies only to Lithuanian citizens physically present in Lithuania.

Note: The list of applicants who can use this program will grow in the future.

For more information, go to our website:

Retrieve Your Passport

Please be informed that you need to bring a self-addressed and prepaid envelope to the visa interview to receive your passport back.   Please follow instructions at https://manosiuntos.post.lt/dashboard

If you need assistance regarding postal service, please contact the Lithuanian Post directly at +370-700-55-400