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Nationality is a legal affiliation with a particular country. Citizens are subject to obligations and rights under national law.
The ownership of persons in the population of Latvian citizens shall be determined byCitizenship Law. Citizenship of the Republic of Latvia can be obtained in several ways. For more information about how to acquire citizenship, process, and documents required, read PMLPon the website.
A citizen of Latvia who is also a national of another country or who is guaranteed the citizenship of another country shall have the rightto renounce citizenship of Latvia.
Latvian citizenship shall be retained for persons who have acquired:
For children under 18, double citizenship is possible with any country.
A child may acquire Latvian citizenship regardless of the place of birth. The child should be regarded as a citizen of Latvia, the moment of his birth if one or both parents are citizens of the Republic of Latvia.
Foreign born child
The procedures by which PMLP registers a child born abroad as a citizen of Latvia shall be governed by Cabinet Regulation No. 974 of 24 September 2013 "Procedures by which the person shall be registered as citizens of Latvia”. Read more about the required documents and submitting them to PMLPon the website.
Latvian citizenship may be restored at the request of a person, if it has been lost:
For more information about the process of restoring citizenship, required documents, and other useful information, read PMLPon the website.
Naturalisation is a process in which a person is admitted to citizenship of the Republic of Latvia. Person wishing to acquire citizenship by naturalisation must come personallyin any territorial division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairsand to be submittedapplication for naturalisation.
For more about getting citizenship in the naturalization order, read PMLPon the website.
The Latvian language can be learned in private language training centres or individually with the Latvian teacher. Information on language training centres that offer to learn Latvian as well as links to different digital resources is availableintegration.lv. Also look for useful learning toolsShelter in “Safe Home,”,NIID,e-La Pike,Latvian Agency,Communication bridgeandState Education Content Centreon the website.
The identity card (eID card) may be received by anyoneIn the population registerregistered person. An application for personal identification documents may be lodged in anyPMLP in Territorialin the chapter, regardless of the declared place of life.
A Latvian citizen or non-citizen registered in the population register may apply for the submission of documents, for the issuance of a passport or personal identity card for a specific time of visit, using the e-service “The issue of personal identification document log”.
A person resident or resident in a foreign state may apply for the drawing up of personal evidence documentsConsular or diplomatic mission of the Republic of Latvia.
For useful information on identity documents and e-signature, seePersonal identification documentand in a life situationSigning documents with a secure electronic signature.
Electronically signedyou can submit an application to an institution using the Latvija.lv e-service "Application to the Authority'or bye-address.
In cases where, when completing formalities related to the change of residence or residence, a repeat birth, marriage or death, certificate or statement is required, use the relevant e-service on the Latvija.lv portal:
You may also apply for the above certificates and certificates in your designated municipality – more “Updating, supplementing, revoking or renewing birth, marriage and death records”.
The visa is a specified pattern sticker in the travel document. It isStatesin which citizens may enter Latvia without a visa. In order to enter or cross the territory of Latvia, the visa shall be mandatory for citizens of other countries.
Visa must be received before entering LatviaLatvia's representation in a foreign state. For the receipt of a visa, it is necessary to submitsuch documents.
If the employment of a third-country national is related to short-term or irregular residence in Latvia (not exceeding 90 days during a half-year period), the third-country national must receivevisa and right to employment. This provision also applies to foreigners who do not need a visa to enter Latvia.
If the employment of a third-country national is related to a regular stay in Latvia (exceeding 90 days during a half-year period), the third-country national must receivetemporary residence permitandright to employment.
In order to receive a visa, the person must prove that the person in Latvia assumes responsibility for the foreign national:
In order to provide the necessary evidence for obtaining a visa, an invitation or invitation may be drawn up.Invitationdrawing up the PMLP and is immediately available online in the embassies of the Republic of Latvia, butinvitationthe letter shall be drawn up by a natural person by a notary and sent to a foreigner who is travelling to the embassy with it and shall draw up a visa.
Documents for approval of invitations may be submitted to any Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairsin the territorial division. For more information, read PMLPon the website.
A residence permit shall be a document which gives the right of an alien to reside in Latvia permanently or for a specified period, if it is longer than 90 days during a half-year period.
If the person is fromcountry, whose passport holders may enter Latvia without a visa, must submitsuch documents. Nationals of other countries must submitsuch documents.
For more about visas, work and residence permits, readPMLP website.
If you or your spouse want to receive a residence permit in Latvia due to marriages (as a spouse of a Latvian citizen, a Latvian non-citizen or a third-country national who has received a permanent residence permit), a valid travel document recognised in the Republic of Latvia must be presented and submitted as follows:Documents. If the marriage certificate is missing, you can use the e-service available on the portal Latvija.lv "A marriage certificate or certificates from the marriage register request”.
If your minor or dependent child arrives with you, he or she must submit all the documents referred to above (except a document certifying the facts of marriage), as well as a document certifying the relationship and a permit of the other parent (notarially certified) to reside in the Republic of Latvia.
Declaring property in the territory of a particular local government provides a variety of facilities and access to municipal services.
To view services provided by municipalities or to compare local governments with each other, visit the websitevietagimenei.lv.
To declare residence in Latvia, useLatvija.lve-ServicesSubmission of a declaration of a place of residence.”
Use the “service” to declare a place of residenceDeclaration of a place of residence', in turn, to cancel the place of residence'Cancellation of statements of the declared place of residence”.
Read more about residence and declaration in the description of the life situation “Notification of residence or declaration”.
Each lead has the option to receive free of chargeregional coordinatora consultation on topical issues related to the return to Latvia in a specific region. Read more on the websitepaps.lv.
For purchasing and maintaining real estate, read the life situationPurchase and sale of real estateandMaintenance of residential buildings and spaces belonging to me.
Specialists of the State Employment Agency (NVA), includingEURES networkwithin the framework, job seekers shall be provided with advice on NVA support and services, the situation in the labour market, living conditions and employment opportunities in Latvia. EURES network services are available to all EU citizens.
You can obtain from the EURES consultants of the State Employment Agencyinformationon:
You can also turn to information about SEA servicesState and local governments in single customer service centres.
You can apply for unemployment or jobseeker status using Latvija.lv e-serviceApplication to the Authority.
Read more about job search after returning to Latvia and other options.On the SEA websiteand in the description of the life situationLosing and Searching. Find useful information for arrivals on the websiteintegration.lv.
For useful information if you have worked in the EU and want to return to Latvia, read the NVAinformation material. For information on benefits returning to Latvia after work in the EU, readOn the VSAA website.
Working in Latvia and in one of the Member States of the European Union or Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, shall have the right to apply for a pension from each Member State. A pension is not granted in Latvia for periods of insurance for which a person receives or is entitled to a pension from another country.
A third-country national is any person who is not a citizen of Latvia or a non-citizen. There are hardly any restrictions on citizens of the European Union (EU), Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland (citizens of the Union) to enter, stay and work in Latvia. A citizen of the Union may start work after entering into a contract of employment. Citizens of the Union wishing to stay in Latvia for more than three months must register with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) and receiveThe marketing authorisationhowever, this registration shall not be required for a period of six months if the citizen of the Union is staying for the purpose of finding employment.
There are restrictions on the employment of third-country nationals:
In order to start business in Latvia, registration of the company can be registered electronically, portalLatvija.lvusing e-service “Registration of the registers kept by the Enterprise Register”.
Where the application and the documents to be attached thereto have been signed withsecure e-signature issued abroad, then e-mail must be selected for electronic email@example.com.To make sure which electronic submission channel to choose - e-service or e-mail - ask to search for your service in the Enterprise Registerin the detailed list of services.(Exceptional cases - when documents cannot be submitted via e-service).
The reporting of newborns and children in kindergarten shall be determined by eachLocal governmentorder - Read more aboutreception processin the territory of a specific local government.
There are municipalities that offer the possibility to electronically apply for children's kindergarten through e-services, for example:Pre-school registration in Riga City municipality.
In order to enroll a child in kindergarten, the following shall be submitted:
Read more inHow to sign up for a newborn in kindergarten?
While a child is registered and waiting in the nursery line, the local government may, in accordance with the budgetary options, provide co-financing for the baby sitter by providing it in the binding regulations of the local government or in the decision of the council. This means that the municipality can decide to provide such support to a private nanny, but it is not a mandatory requirement.
More interested in your local government supportThe municipality. If you have declared yourself in Riga municipality, you can apply for local government support in e-service “Co-financing of the child monitoring service”.
The State and local government educational institutions shall acquire education in the official language. In another language, education may be obtained in private educational institutions, as well as in State and local government educational institutions, provided that they implement minority education programmes.
Read more about the education system in LatviaThe website of the National Educational Opportunities Database.Find useful information for arrivals on the websiteintegration.lv.
A child shall be submitted to the school with an application of the parent (or legal representative). For what information is required to be presented in the application and what documents should be presented when the child is enrolled in school, readCabinet Regulation No. 591 of 13 October 2015, Procedures by which Students are Accepted in General Education Programmes, Special Educational Institutions and Special Pre-School Education Groups and Deduced From Such, as well as Transferred to the Next Class.
An application may also be submitted electronically by signing it withsecure electronic signatureand by sending official email to the school, ore-address. Priority for school admissions may be given to children who have been declared in the school district and who have a brother or sister at that school.
The attestation on general secondary education or the diploma on secondary vocational education gives the right to continue in higher education, where higher education or vocational education programmes can be learned.
If the secondary education document has been obtained abroad, this document must be submitted for expert-examination.Academic Information Centre.
Read more about study choices and opportunities in a life situationStudies and lifelong learning.
If an educational document has been obtained abroad and it wishes to be used for the continuation of studies or for non-regulated professions, the Academic Information Centre (AIC) shall carry out its expert-examination. More broadly AICon the website.
If education and professional qualifications have been acquired abroad and wish to work in a regulated profession in Latvia (list of regulated professions), then to be carried outprocedure for the recognition of professional qualifications.
Digitally, it is possible to apply for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the European Union in the profession of nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist,using the European Professional Card website.
State-paid healthcare services shall be provided:
In order to receive public-paid healthcare services, the person must be included in the register of healthcare recipients. This can be done by addressingapplication In the National Health Service. The application may also be submitted in a free form.
After being included in the register of recipients of health services, the citizen must register with a family doctor who will continue to provide advice on health prevention and treatment, as well as, if necessary, issue a referral to State-paid doctor-specialist advice, diagnostic examinations or other services.
Use the e-service available in Latvija.lv to register with a family doctor or register your minors or those under custody.To register with a family doctor'or contact the practice of the selected family doctor. More about choosing and applying for a family doctor, see “Family doctor information”.
If the person has previously been registered with a specific family doctor when returning to life in Latvia, information regarding his or her family doctor may be ascertained using the eHealth Portal.www.eveseliba.gov.lvunder the heading “Family doctor and EHIC“– “family doctor data” or “Latvija.lv via e-service”To register with a family doctor”.
If a person intends to stay temporarily in Latvia (for example, family visit, travel, tourism trip), it is possible to design and use in Latvia in the country where the person is insured (works, receives a pension, etc.)European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC provides an opportunity to receive the necessary medical assistance in Latvia to the same extent and under the same conditions as the local population. More about EHIC and applying for it, seeWhat do you need to know if you get sick when you travel?andHealth-related services if you are abroad.
If you are working or receiving a pension in another Member State of the European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland, but you are living in Latvia, you must show up to receive state-paid healthcare hereS1 form. The S1 form confirms the right of the resident or his or her family member to receive State-paid healthcare in the country of residence. The form should be presented each time receiving public-paid healthcare services.
The S1 form must be drawn up in the country in which you work or receive a pension and then registered with the National Health Service.
An alien who is not socially insured in Latvia needs a valid health insurance policy, which guarantees the covering of the costs related to health care in Latvia. The health insurance policy must be presented in order to obtain a temporary residence permit. The term of validity of the policy shall not be less than the expected duration of residence in Latvia and shall guarantee at least the following health services:
How the policy should be handled should be interested in the insurance company concerned. For calling the NMP Brigades to aliens, readOn the NMP website.
Read more about health care in a life situationAction in case of illnessandHealth information for me or children.
A driving licence issued in one European Union (EU) Member State is recognised throughout the EU. So you do not need to change your driving rights if you move to Latvia and the rights are acquired in another EU country.
When the driving licence expires, it must be renewed in the country where you are resident. A certificate issued in different Member States may have different validity dates and may have different limits or special rules. The driving licence issued in Latvia shall be valid for 10 years. On the other hand, if you have obtained a professional category, your driving licence is valid for 5 years.
If a certificate has been issued in a country outside the European Union, the licence for driving a vehicle in Latvia may be used for up to 1 year from the time of arrival in Latvia. If a person is staying in Latvia for more than 1 year, the certificate shall be exchanged by passing the driving examination CSDD in accordance with the prescribed procedures. Application for an automobile driving exam is possible electronically, usinge-CSDDthe platform.
When authenticating, I agree and undertake to comply with the rules for the use of the electronic identification solution.
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