Latvia citizenship

Naturalization for Citizenship

 

The Naturalisation procedure is regulated by Cabinet Regulation No. 1001 of 24th September 2013 Procedure for Submission and Examination of Application for Naturalisation

 

Naturalisation in Latvia

 

The following persons may be admitted to citizenship of Latvia under a naturalisation procedure:

  • Who have reached the age of 15;
  • Whose permanent place of residence, as at the day of submitting an application for naturalisation, has been in Latvia for not less than the last five years, of which an interruption of one year in total is permitted, but which cannot be during the last year before the day of submitting the application for naturalisation (for a citizen of another country or a stateless person the five-year period is counted from the day of receipt of a permanent residence permit or a permanent residence certificate);
  • Who are fluent in the Latvian language, know the basic principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, the text of the National Anthem, and the basics of the history and culture of Latvia;
  • Who have a legal source of income;
  • Who have submitted a notice regarding the renunciation of their former citizenship and received an expatriation permit from the country of their former citizenship, if such permit is provided for by the laws of that country, or have received a document certifying the loss of citizenship, but a non-citizen or a stateless person – a certification that person does not have citizenship of another country.

These requirements do not apply to persons who have received refugee status in Latvia.

Children under the age of 15 permanently residing in Latvia may also become naturalised together with their parents.

 

Not Eligible

The following persons may not be admitted to citizenship of Latvia under a naturalisation procedure:

  • Who by their behaviour or activities cause threats to the security of the State of Latvia and society, the democratic constitutional order of the State, the independence and territorial immunity of the State;
  • Who have acted against the independence of the Republic of Latvia, the democratic parliamentary structure of the State or the existing State power in Latvia;
  • Who, after 4 May 1990, have propagated fascist, chauvinistic, national-socialist, communist or other totalitarian ideas or incited ethnic or racial hatred or discord;
  • Who are related to terrorism or involved in an anti-state or criminal organisation;
  • Who are related to money laundering;
  • Who are serving in the armed forces or military organisation of another country without a permit of the Cabinet;
  • Who, after 17 June 1940, have chosen the Republic of Latvia as their place of residence directly after demobilisation from the armed forces of the U.S.S.R. (Russia) or the internal military forces of the U.S.S.R. (Russia), and had not, on the day of conscription into service or enlistment, permanently resided in Latvia;
  • Who have been staff employees of the security service, intelligence service or counter-intelligence service of the U.S.S.R. or Latvian S.S.R., except persons who have only been employees of the Planning and Finance or Administrative-Maintenance Division of the State Security Committee of the former U.S.S.R. or the Latvian S.S.R;
  • Who have been convicted in Latvia or any other country of committing such a criminal offence that is also qualified as a criminal offence in Latvia during the examination of an application for naturalisation. This condition does not apply to persons who have been convicted of committing a criminal offence in a foreign country, if it has been recognised under a procedure established by the Cabinet that in respect of such persons, a judgment of conviction has been taken breaching the principle of fair trial or of proportionality of the punishment;
  • Who, after 13 January 1991, have worked against the Republic of Latvia in the C.P.S.U. [Communist Party of the Soviet Union] (L.C.P. [Latvian Communist Party]), the Working People’s International Front of the Latvian S.S.R., the United Council of Labour Collectives, the Organisation of War and Labour Veterans, the All-Latvia Salvation of Society Committee or its regional committees, or the Union of Communists of Latvia;
  • Who have not fulfilled tax obligations or obligations of other payments against the State of Latvia.

Statistics

 

Naturalization process began in Latvia on February 1, 1995.

  • Since the beginning of naturalization process 146 286 naturalization applications have been received requesting 159 662 persons to be naturalized.
  • 145 941 persons including 14 533 underage children have been granted the citizenship of Latvia by the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

 The number of received naturalization applications  The number of persons having acquired Latvian citizenship
through naturalization 
2013
2014
2015 2016 2017 2018 2013
2014
2015 2016 2017 2018
 January 193 104 97 92 100 103 0 0 0 0 0 63
 February 217 128  105  88 103 114 183 103 0  102 98 0
 March 222 129 119  93 96  103 269 0 59  93  62  90
 April 169 130 112  82  59  86 135 103  0  142  75  86
 May 120 97  85  91  99  93 0  0  145  138  76  78
 June 117 71 87  76 74 90 173 169 61  0 88  106
 July  172 73  94 69 89  92 119  43  239  90  0 88
 August 149  89 114 82 98 157  0  0  64  187
 September  190  75 132 60 103 243 183 72  107  0
 October 139 101  105 88 111 0 0  106  0  64
 November 125 87 125  99  81 193  161  95  64  114
 December 126 63  82 81  72 260  177 194  187  151
TOTAL 1 939 1147 1 175 1001 1085  681 1 732
939 777 987 915  511