Residence permits in Latvia
A residence permit is a document providing a foreigner the rights to reside in the Republic of Latvia for a definite period of time (a temporary residence permit) or permanently (a permanent residence permit).
As of 2 April 2012 the residence permit is issued in the format of the identification card, therefore biometrics details must be delivered prior to receipt of the residence permit (fingerprints (starting from the age of six) and digital picture of face).
A residence permit is necessary if you are willing to reside in the Republic of Latvia for a period of time exceeding 90 days within half a year counting from the first day of entrance.
For temporary residence permit, a foreign national must present:
- a valid health insurance policy,
- a health certificate issued by a Latvian health care institution stating that the foreign national does not suffer from tuberculosis in active phase
- documents certifying the expected place of residence
For permanent residence permit, a foreigner shall present a certificate on state language skills evidencing the knowledge of state language at level A2.
The documents being issued abroad must be legalized and apostilled if needed.