U.S. legislation proposes lifting visa fee

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would waive the USD 100 visa processing fee for travelers from Latvia and other countries that are providing combat troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sponsored by Rep. William Lipiniski (D-Ill.), the bill does not specifically name any country. But Latvia is among nations with troops in both locations, according to the Latvian Ministry of Defense, with eight soldiers in Afghanistan and 133 in Iraq.

The bill would not remove the requirement for a visa, just lift the processing fee. American citizens are allowed to enter Latvia without a visa.

The bill was introduced July 14 and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Lipinski is a member of the Baltic Caucus, a collection of representatives interested in issues relevant to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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