Foreigners can apply for a temporary residence permit (TRP) for a period that corresponds to the term of office but no longer than 5 years if the vacancy has been registered with the State Employment Agency and has been vacant for at least 10 business days.
In case of applying for an EU Blue Card (for professional employees with either 5 years of experience in the field or 3 years of higher education in the field) vacancy registration with State Employment Agency is not required.
Family members (spouse, children) can apply for TRP simultaneously with the main applicant.
Below is the action plan with an estimated time frame (please note that the time frame is approximate as it depends on how fast the necessary documents are gathered and reviewed by the Latvian Immigration authority):
|1. Invitation process
|The Invitation for the employee is prepared in approximately 2 business days, if necessary, documents described in section 2 of this document are gathered and submitted to us. Then, the Invitation is submitted to the Migration authority and the review takes up to 5 business days after which the approval from the Migration authority is received. If the Migration Authority asks for more documents, the term can be extended.
|2. Submitting documents to the Immigration Authority
|Gathering all the necessary documents for application for the TRP. The necessary documents are the following:
|Additional documents required upon the submission:
|Submitting the application for TRP to a Latvian foreign embassy (if applicant applies from abroad)
Immigration Authority’s decision
In general, the decision can be adopted within 30 days in case of standard procedure or within 10 or 5 business days in case of the accelerated procedure. Please note that our prior experience shows that the Immigration authority can prolong the term up to 90 days, in case it considers that (a) more information is required or (b) it
|Visiting the Immigration Authority in Latvia
Once the decision is made, the applicant and his dependants that applied with him/her can submit their biometric data to the Migration Authority and submit additional documents that wasn’t submitted earlier in the process (only allowed for tuberculosis tests, insurance policies and original employment contracts).
TRP cards will be made and can be received by each applicant personally (children also need to be present, if their cards are being received). Upon receiving the cards, the applicants will need to submit:
It is possible to obtain the TRP card within 10 or 2 business days. The stamp duties are the following: