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Latvia: Immigration law amendments
26th May 2014
Latvian parliament adopted amendments to the Immigration Law in Latvia on May 8th, 2014. The amendments will come into force on September 1, 2014. Changes refer to the minimum thresholds of the property that qualifies for temporary residence permit.

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Documents for submission - Immigration in Latvia for real estate investors

Documents for submission

These are the necessary documents to submit to acquire residence permit:

  • Filled application form
  • Passport size picture
  • Document issued by competent authority from the home country indicating that the foreigner has no criminal record
  • Prove of sufficient financial means
  • Document indicating place of residence in the Republic of Latvia
  • Prove that payment for the real estate was in non-cash form (bank transfer)
  • Document that indicates that person has paid real estate tax if the real estate in owned for more than a year
  • Document that indicates that State fees for residence permit request are paid

Additionally upon arrival

  • Valid health insurance
  • Reference from Latvian medical institution proving that the foreigner does not suffer from tuberculosis in active phase

Documents and application can be submitted

  • At Immigration office in Republic of Latvia
  • At Latvian embassy or consular missions outside the Schengen area

Residence permit for the family

Along with the main investor his/her family members can apply for a temporary residence permit.
Qualified family members are the spouse and children under18 years of age.

Financial means to support living expenses

  • Minimum required financial means for investor – 960 Eur per month
  • Minimum required financial means for spouse - 320 Eur per month
  • Minimum required financial means for child - 192 Eur per month

In order to prove possession of sufficient financial means the foreign national should provide a bank statement that indicates amount for one year 12 x 960 = 11520 Eur.

Additionally expected expenses related with buying the real estate

  • State fee for registration the new owner in the Land Register – 2% from the value of the property
  • State fee that must be paid to the government when you recive the permit – 5% of the proparty value
  • Stamp duties, notary fees & other; approximately 80 – 130 EUR

Duration of the process

The time for obtaining a residence permit in Latvia includes the period necessary to review the submitted documents which is 5 to 30 days depending on the amount of fee paid.

If an additional verification by the foreign national is necessary, the term can be extended for up to 90 days.

A foreigner has to visit Latvia to obtain a residence permit no later than three months after being granted the permit.

  • State fee 143 Eur – decision by Immigration office is issued in 30 days;
  • State fee 285 Eur – decision by Immigration office is issued in 10 days
  • State fee 427 Eur – decision by Immigration office is issued in 5 days
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