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The holder of a Latvian residence permit has the right to request a permanent residence permit if the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  • Fixed term of stay in Latvia: According to the Immigration law for obtaining a permanent residence permit it is necessary to stay in Latvia at least 5 years and during this time the allowable absence is one year. Herewith the absence should not exceed six month in one period.
  • Passing the exam on the knowledge of the Latvian language at least on the category “A2” (this is the second lowest category).

Yes, it is possible but subject to conditions that the reference is available in the Russian or English language and payment card must be an international standard.

No, the residents/citizens of Hong Kong need not provide a Certificate of no criminal conviction (more information can be found by a following reference:

But it is important to remember that it is necessary to provide an evidence of stay more than 12 months in the territory of Hong Kong to the Latvian Embassy (for example, ID card).

Yes, if a representative office begins to carry on a commercial activity then it should be re-registered in a branch. It is a different basis for obtaining a residence permit.

In accordance with the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers №564, an invitation isn't necessary for a person who is going to receive a residence permit on the basis of opening the representative office in Latvia.

No, the Latvian Embassy is located in Beijing.

Ambassador: H.E. Mrs. Ingrida Levrence

Address: Unit 71, Greenland Garden, No.1A Greenland Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Postcode: 100016

Telephone: (+86)10 6433 3863


Working hours: 09:30 - 11:30 (Mon – Thu)

Residence permit in Estonia can be obtained on the basis:

  • Equity participation in commercial association (LLC) + Investment 65 000 EUR.
  • Individual Entrepreneur (IE) + Investment 16 000 EUR.

Investments are considered an equity capital, subordinated loan and registered fixed assets value. In this case, this company should not be dummy, it should produce a profit and has a formally employed workers (at least 3 jobs). A foreigner who has been issued a residence permit for enterprise, cannot work in Estonia under the leadership of another person. The company must exist for at least 4 months before applying for a residence permit.

Yes, they can.

But according to the Cabinet of Ministers regulations, the citizens of the listed countries (a list includes Afghanistan) applying for a visa or a residence permit in Latvia, will be additional reviewed (Security Police asks for additional information about the source of funds).

The nearest Latvian Embassy is located in Uzbekistan.

In order to obtain a residence permit in Latvia it is required subordinated deposit opening in the Latvian bank in the amount of 280 000 EUR in the form of subordinated capital with the placement of not less than 5 years. The deposit cannot be cancelled until the efflux of time of the transaction according to the terms. Annual percentage rate – 1-2 %. Also, the state fee must be paid in the amount of 25 000 EUR.

On request the bank issues a statement about purchase and sale of real estate for amount not less than 250 000 EUR. An applicant who pretends to a residence permit in Latvia, must provide this bank statement to the Embassy of Latvia.

In obtaining the Latvian residence permit, there is possible to stay no more than 90 days in half of the year and no more than 180 days in the year in each of other EU countries.

The current migration legislation does not require a permanent stay in the territory of Latvia but the reality is that a high probability of non-renewal of a residence permit in the case of stay for a few days in this country. A reason of that if there is no need for the applicant to stay in the territory of the Republic of Latvia then the residence permit is not necessary for him and in this case it would be better way for him to get a visa.

Single exception is the investment in a government bonds. Under this variant, the residence permit is issued for 5 years without need for annual renewal, accordingly, there is no need to stay in Latvia.


The Schengen Agreement does not apply to employment issues. Latvian residence permit gives to foreigner the right to stay but doesn’t give the right to work in other countries of the Schengen Agreement.

Certificate of Good Standing corresponds with the document – Certificate of Continuous Registration. More information in English can be found on the website of the Hong Kong Register:

The sum of subsistence minimum is 4 440 EUR for adult and 2 665 EUR for children from January 1, 2016.  

According to article 380, paragraph 3 of the Customs code of Ukraine the temporary import of an air vehicle of personal use by residents into the territory of Ukraine is permitted for up to 1 year under a written obligation to reverse export subject to written Declaration and payment in full of state duties.

Yes, do this requires:

  • Submit an application to the exchange for obtaining a work permit.  
  • Processing a job offer. Draft of an agreement of employment for 90 days. Employee can stay in the country with this annual visa (no more than 90 days out of 180) and if he works and stays longer, it is necessary to issue a residence permit.
  • Visit to the Embassy of Latvia in the country of residence for obtaining a visa. 

There is another option when it is possible to conclude a cooperation agreement between the enterprises of foreign state (country of residence) and Latvia then the enterprise of foreign state sends to work its employee to Latvia. But there is also restriction: the employee can stay in the country not more than 90 days out of 180.

If a student is a foreigner who is studying at the Latvian higher education institute then he is given a residence permit for a time of study. After graduation, he is given time to find a job and he can get a residence permit according to employment contract. If the student wishes to issue a permanent residence permit then the training period will be counted for him only 50% with all his training period and he should get himself a job in order to reach the rest 50%.

Example: a student who studied at the Latvian higher education institute for 5 years (he had a residence permit during this all time), wants to get a permanent residence. For this he needs to work two and a half years in order to that a period of stay in Latvia would be equal to 5 years.

The holder of Latvian residence permit can submit the documents for getting the USA visa to the Embassy of the USA of that country where an applicant actually lives and works independent from citizenship.  

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