If you are legally residing in the Republic of Latvia, you can reunite in the Republic of Latvia with the following family members:
- your spouse,
- your and your spouse’s minor children,
- persons under your and/or your spouse’s
Your family members must obtain:
- a residence permit (if they plan to stay for longer than 90 days),
- a visa (if they plan to stay for less than 90 days within six months).
Where and how to apply
First, an invitation for a visa or for a residence permit shall be approved at any client service centre of the OCMA.
Family members must apply for a residence permit before they come to the Republic of Latvia at the diplomatic or consular representative office of the Republic of Latvia abroadSearch for available translations of the preceding link, which sends the application to the OCMA for evaluation. In some cases the family members are entitled to submit an application for a residence permit at OCMA, after they have arrived in the Republic of Latvia, e.g. if they are holders of valid residence permit issued by another Schengen country or if they are citizens of the country whose citizens may enter Schengen countries without a visa. More information – here.Search for available translations of the preceding link
Fees for examination of documents submitted for application:
A family member shall present a valid travel document recognised in the Republic of Latvia and submit the following documents:
To obtain a visa (if necessary), you have to provide:
Upon arrival and having received your residence permit, you must declare your place of residenceSearch for available translations of the preceding link and provide a radiologist’s report on the results of an x-ray or fluoroscopic examination done in the Republic of Latvia and a health insurance of minimum € 42 600 which guarantees the covering of health expenses, including repatriation to the country of origin in case of serious illness or death.
|Duration of validity of permits|
A residence permit is issued for a time period that does not exceed the period of the permit of sponsor. In case a third-country citizen is a family member of citizen of the Republic of Latvia, non-citizen of the Republic of Latvia or permanent resident of the Republic of Latvia, a first residence permit is issued for one year, the next residence permit – for four years. After these two permits a third-country citizen is entitled to apply for a permanent residence permit.
A third-country national who is the spouse of a third-country national holding a permanent residence permit shall be entitled to request:
|Conditions for renewal|
Repeated temporary residence permit is issued if family ties still exist and if a persons have sufficient financial means.
You have a right to appeal the decision to the Head of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs within 30 days.
For more information on appeals please check hereSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
For more information on getting a residence permit please check hereSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
For more information on visas please check here
|Access to employment|
A family member of a third-country citizen who is a permanent resident of the Republic of Latvia or who has received a temporary residence permit on ground of employment or self-employment has a right to work in the Republic of Latvia without restrictions.
|Change of employment|
If a family member has received a right to work without restrictions, he/she has the right to change an employer without any procedures in OCMA.
|Access to education|
They don’t have any restrictions against the access of education.
|Change of status|
During the time of your residence permit, you are entitled to change your status of residence, to do so, you should apply for a new residence permit.
A long-term resident status may be granted to family members who have resided legally in the Republic of Latvia for at least five years, provided that they show:
Family member can work without any restrictions.
For more information on long-term residence please check here.
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