Temporary residence permit in Latvia based on status in executive body of a legal entity

Members of a company’s executive bodies can apply for a temporary residence permit (TRP) for a period which corresponds to the term of office but no longer than 5 years, if the company has been registered for at least one year before applying for TRP, the company is active in pursuing economic activities, such activities provide economic benefits for Republic of Latvia and limited liability companies share capital is at least EUR 2’800.

The criteria for evaluating the compliance with the aforementioned conditions are e.g., paid taxes, net turnover, number of persons employed, profits.

Family members (spouse, children) can apply for TRP simultaneously with the main applicant.

Described 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
7-9 business
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:

  1. Valid passport
  2.  Picture of every applicant (size 3x4)
  3. A notice from relevant authorities as proof of no-criminal record of an applicant who is older than 14 years
  4.  A document proving existence of financial means to cover living costs of the applicant and, if necessary – his family. The minimum amount for the main applicant currently is EUR 2’286 per month or EUR 27’432 per year; applicant’s spouse – EUR 500 per month or EUR 6’000 per year; applicant’s child – EUR
    150 per month or EUR 1’800 per year. The main applicant can guarantee the existence of financial means for his family.
  5. A document proving the existence of the residence place in Latvia (in case the real estate is owned – a notice from the Latvian Land Book or in case of rent – a confirmation from the owner of the real estate).
  6.  All the documents issued by official foreign authorities must have an Apostille!
  7.  All the documents should be in or translated to Latvian, English  or Russian language!
2-3 business
Additional documents required upon the submission:

  1.  A special application form for each person.
  2. A confirmation letter from the main applicant that he / she undertakes to ensure the financial means, if they apply for TRP simultaneously.
1-2 months Submitting the documents to the Migration Authority or foreign embassy:

  1. A proof of state fee payment* (a payment is made either by ibank or at the foreign embassy). State fee for revision of the application:
    1. Within 30 days: EUR 100
    2. Within 10 business days: EUR 200
    3. Within 5 business days: EUR 400
  2.  Documents indicated in Part 1 above

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
requires more time to adopt the decision.

2-10 business
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. Upon receiving the cards, the applicants will need to submit:

  1. Health insurance policy for all applicants;
  2. A notice from a Latvian doctor/medical institution that the applicant is not suffering from tuberculosis in active phase – for first time applicants only (we can assist in arranging an appointment).

It is possible to obtain the TRP card within 10 or 2 business days. The stamp duties are the following:

  1. Within 10 business days: EUR 15
  2. Within 2 business days: EUR 30



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