Remote work Visas are introduced in Latvia

On 2 June 2022, the parliament (Saeima) of the Republic of Latvia passed amendments to the Immigration Law[1], which specifically introduces remote work visas in Latvia (hereinafter, “RWV”). RWV’s are intended for third-country nationals whose employment characteristics allow them to work remotely while residing in Latvia.

To apply for the RWV, a candidate must evidence his/her employment status with a foreign employer, registered in an OECD member state or to provide proof of registration as a self-employed person in an OECD member state for at least 6 (six) months prior to applying for the RWV. At the same time, the candidate’s salary must be at least 2.5 (two and a half) times the average salary in the Republic of Latvia (the average salary in 2021 was EUR 1277 (one thousand two hundred and seventy-seven euro)[2].

The RWV is valid for 1 (one) year, and the candidate can extend the latter by applying for an extension of 1 (one) year. After the extension period, the applicant can apply for a Temporary Residence Permit in Latvia.

The RWV does not grant rights of employment in Latvia nor supports obtaining rights of residence for the applicant’s family members.

[1] The Legislation documents can be found on the Saeima legislation database: Likumprojektu var skatīt Saeimas datu bāzē: https://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS13/saeimalivs13.nsf/webSasaiste?OpenView&restricttocategory=1335/Lp13

[2] Official statistics of Latvia available here: https://stat.gov.lv/lv/statistikas-temas/darbs/alga/preses-relizes/8227-darba-samaksas-parmainas-2021-gada

by Marta Šillere, Associate, Latvia

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