Visa-free travel for Latvian citizens to the United States continues to be pursued by government officials. A delegation will travel Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. officials over the issue, the Latvian Foreign Ministry announced Oct. 26.
Led by Normans Penke, the ministry’s state secretary, the delegation is expected to meet with officials at the U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
While U.S. citizens can enter Latvia without a visa and stay up to 90 days, Latvian citizens must apply for a visa.
In May, U.S. and Latvian officials agreed to a “roadmap” that may lead to the visa requirement being waived. The plan includes a campaign in Latvia to publicize problems that occur when U.S. visas are abused or when a visitor overstays a visa.
In 2004, a total of 10,140 Latvian citizens entered the United States for business, pleasure, study or other reasons, according to the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.
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