Latvia passport

Latvia citizenship through naturalization

 

The number of foreigners naturalizing for citizenship in Latvia reached its peak in 2005 when Latvia became a EU member state in 2004. After 2006 the number of foreigners acquiring citizenship in Latvia fell dramatically.  After 2014, the citizenship rules were tightened since then Latvia only issues less than 1000 citizenships every year.

More than 60% of the foreigners obtaining citizenship in Latvia are Russians.

 

  • Latvia joined as EU member country since 1 May 2004
  • Latvia became Euro area member since 1 January 2014
  • Latvia became Schengen area member since 21 December 2007

 

To become a citizen of Latvia under a naturalisation process, the following conditions have to be met

  • Fluent in the Latvian language,
  • Successfully passed the examination of 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

Alien’s passport  issued to the non-citizen`s of the Republic of Latvia.

 

Latvia citizenship
Source: Latvia migration office

 

Year Citizenship
1995 984
1996 3016
1997 2992
1998 4439
1999 12427
2000 14900
2001 10637
2002 9844
2003 10049
2004 16064
2005 19169
2006 16429
2007 6826
2008 3004
2009 2080
2010 2336
2011 2467
2012 2213
2013 1732
2014 939
2015 971
2016 987
2017 915
2018 784
Total 146,204

Citizenship Statistics for 2018

As from January 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018, has received 1 066 applications for the admission of Latvian citizenship through naturalization. Including applicants:

  •  Females 51.6%, Males -48.4%.
  •   Lithuanians and Estonians 4.4%, Russians 65.8%, Poles 4.0%, Belarussians 9.7%, Ukrainians 9.1%, other-6.4%.
  •  64.9% Latvian citizenship pretendents have passed the examination of proficiency in the
  • Latvian language, 79.4% have passed the examination of the history of Latvia.
  • 784 persons have been granted the citizenship of Latvia accordance with degrees of Cabinet of Ministers, including 35 underage children.