Residence permit in Latvia

Apart from services related to opening and support of the business, BBCRiga is offering its clients support in obtaining of residence permits in Latvia. There are several ways to obtain a residence permit in Latvia, but our company is specialized in providing the aid to obtain residence permits on grounds of business and investment.  

What does a residence permit in Latvia mean?

Obtaining a Latvian residence permit will ensure the status of a full-fledged resident of Latvia and the European Union.

While visa allows residing in a country for only 90 days during half-a-year, a Latvian residence permit lifts such restriction. In addition to that, unlike visa, the residence permit in Latvia enables its holder (as well as his family members) to receive the personal identification code of Latvia and the electronic ID card, which ensures the official status of a Latvian resident. Such status, in turn, provides various opportunities to the foreigners, such as:   

  • Opportunity to reside within the territory of Latvia for unlimited period of time;  
  • Opportunity to travel within the Schengen Area without additional visas during the whole validity period of the residence permit and live in the territory of these countries for up to three months without having to arrange for additional permits; 
  • Access to European health insurance and other social services;
  • Opportunity of quick opening of business in Latvia and the European Union; 
  • Rights to get loan for business management with minimum interest rate;
  • Facilitated procedure of obtaining visa to other countries (for example, USA, Great Britain).

Advantages of residence permit in Latvia

Why do I need a Latvian residence permit in particular? Many foreign clients are asking us this question as they are considering various ways of obtaining the status of a European resident.

First of all, Latvia is a convenient place for commercial activities for the foreign entrepreneurs and investors, as it offers many advantages compared to other countries. For instance, due to beneficial geographic location and well-developed infrastructure, Latvia is ideally suited as a transit hub between the EU and the NVS countries, and you can reach any European capital within less than two hours by plane from Riga. Latvia is also convenient for trade related business, based on series of treaties signed with other countries and the use of a single European currency.  Besides, despite the constantly growing and stable economic situation, labour and facility rent costs in Latvia are still one of the lowest in the EU, which ensures particularly favourable conditions for commercial activities in this country. Due to the generally high level of education and qualification of the local human resources, hiring staff is not only beneficial, but is also an effective contribution to the future success of any business. 

Second of all, the benefits of residence permit in Latvia are determined not only by perfect conditions for business, but also for permanent residence for entrepreneurs, their employees and families. Latvia has well-developed educational, medical and tourism sectors, which ensures European standard of services to all residents. Besides, the new residents rarely experience language difficulties due to the bilingual local community – the majority of the population can speak both Russian and English besides their mother tongue – Latvian.

You can find out more on the benefits of the business management and living in our country in the section «About Latvia».

Obtaining a Latvian residence permit

Most common ways to obtain residence permit in Latvia are following:

  • Purchasing one real estate object in Latvia for the amount of at least 250 000 EUR;
  • Applicant for the residence permit is a member of the Board or Council, procurator, representative of the foreign subsidiary or liquidator of the Latvian company; 
  • Investing an amount of at least 35 000 EUR into the registered capital of a new or a currently operating company;  
  • Investing an amount of at least 280 000 EUR into the subordinated capital of a bank for at least 5 years;  
  • Applicant for the residence permit is a representative of a foreign company office in the territory of Latvia;
  • Signing an employment contract with a local employer.

There are other ways to obtain a Latvian residence permit as well, which you can find out more on by contacting us. You can also receive more information on residence permit in Latvia, ways, terms and conditions of obtaining from our brochure

The above ways allow obtaining a temporary Latvian residence permit with the maximum period of 5 years. Upon the expiry of this term, it is possible to obtain permanent residence permit in Latvia by passing the examination of Latvian language before.  

Our company helps the clients not only to obtain residence permits in Latvia through business investments, but also ensures full range of services for direct business registration and support. Contact our specialists for advice on obtaining a Latvian residence permit and choosing the best way for this purpose.

Documents required to obtain the Latvian residence permit

  1. Completed form;
  2. Photo;
  3. Certificate of no criminal convictions;
  4. Document confirming the availability of the required minimum subsistence means;
  5. Document confirming the perspective place of residence in Latvia;
  6. Receipt for the payment of the state tax;
  7. Documents confirming the rights to obtain residence permit in the Republic of Latvia;
  8. Statement on absence of the tuberculosis;
  9. Health insurance with a minimum term of a year;
  10. Invitation (required only in certain cases).

The standard term for processing of the application for residence permit in Latvia by the Migration Office is 30 days, but the application processing can be reduced to 5 business days by paying a double or triple fee. Citizens of some countries can obtain residence permit in Latvia according to a simplified procedure. Contact our specialists to receive detailed information on this issue. 

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