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Although rather small country, Latvia has amiable people, gorgeous nature, almost 500 km of coast and one of the world’s fastest internet connections.
Over half its territory is covered by forest, so Latvia is a very green place, has a lot of lakes and rivers, quite a few spectacular waterfalls.
It topped the Environmental Performance Index once not so long ago and its capital, Riga, sometimes described as the Paris of the North, is a beautiful modern city and an important cultural center.
For those wishing to be a part of this nation, and, at the same time the European Union, there are several options:
To qualify for a permanent residence permit, the candidate
must have resided in the country for four years out of the
five-year period and should have successfully passed the
basic Latvian language test at Level A2.
After that one can apply for citizenship.
You may qualify to be a Latvian citizen by naturalization if you meet certain requirements:
Reaching the age of 15;
Living in Latvia for not less than the last five years;
Being fluent in the Latvian language, know the basics of the history and culture of Latvia;
Possessing a legal source of income;
Having given a pledge of loyalty to the Republic of Latvia.
Children under the age of 15 permanently residing in Latvia may also become naturalized together with their parents.
Latvia has introduced its golden visa program in 2010.
Investors can gain a five year residency permit by investing €250,000 in property.
It takes up to three months from submission of the application to its approval - one of the fastest and most competitive programs in Europe.
You might be eligible to get
Latvian citizenship by descent if: one of
your parents, grandparents or grand-grandparents was a
Latvian citizen prior to 1940 or they
withdrew or were exiled from Latvia during the 1940-1990
In that case you don’t have to renounce existing citizenship.
That is true, Latvian citizenship may be
obtained in different ways, but regardless of the type of
acquisition, Latvian citizens have equal
rights and obligations.
You must show exemplary behavior, no extreme political views and a total lack of criminal records.
On becoming a Latvian citizen, you get all the benefits of an EU member as well:
Visa-free access to Europe’s Schengen Area;
Possibility to live, work and study in any European country of choice;
Access to medical care by EU standards;
Russian language is widely spoken;
Excellent transport links with Russia and other EU member states;
If you need help with any issue, you can use our services.
Many years of experience and specialist knowledge, the proficiency in citizenship programs consultation and assistance with the naturalization process, translation, notarization and submission of the paperwork, allow us to guide you around the pitfalls right up to the moment of receiving your passport.