ADMISSIBILITY OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Pursuant to the amendments to the Citizenship Law which came into force on 1 October in 2013, citizenship of Latvia may be retained for persons who have acquired:
- Citizenship of another EU Member State or another EFTA Member State;
- Citizenship of another NATO Member State;
- Citizenship of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand;
- Citizenship of such a country with which Latvia has concluded an agreement on the recognition of dual citizenship (no such agreement is currently concluded);
- Citizenship of a country not referred to previously if due to important national interests permission from the Cabinet is received to retain dual citizenship;
- Citizenship of a country not referred to previously if it has been acquired automatically (ex lege), through marriage or as a result of adoption.
Children of citizens of Latvia may hold dual citizenship with any country.
However, we would like to point out that, pursuant to the Citizenship Law, a citizen of Latvia, for whom dual citizenship has formed with an unpermitted country will, after reaching the age of majority, have to make a choice between citizenship of Latvia and citizenship of the unpermitted country by the age of 25. This obligation does not refer to a citizen of Latvia whose citizenship of Latvia has been registered as for a descendent of an exile or who holds dual citizenship with a permitted country.
Persons registering citizenship of Latvia as Latvians or Livs, or exiles will have the right to retain dual citizenship with any country. After acquiring citizenship of Latvia new citizenship of another country may only be acquired in accordance with the general provisions (permitted countries, permission from the Cabinet, marriage, adoption).
The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs invites citizens of Latvia who have acquired citizenship of another country to follow Article 15 of the Law on the Population Register, namely to provide information about acquiring citizenship of another country.
In order to provide information about acquiring citizenship of another country, citizens of Latvia should go to any territorial division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or the nearest Diplomatic and Consular Representation of Latvia bringing their passport of a Latvian citizen and a document confirming citizenship of another country like a passport, identification card or citizenship certificate. An application and a copy of a document confirming the acquisition of citizenship of another country may also be sent by post to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Čiekurkalna 1. līnija 1, korp. 3, Rīga, LV-1026) or electronically under a procedure established by law.
Pursuant to the Citizenship Law, if a citizen of Latvia may also, in accordance with foreign laws, be simultaneously considered a citizen of the relevant foreign country, he or she is considered solely a citizen of Latvia in legal relations with the Republic of Latvia.
Where to receive additional information?
In case of any questions or concerns please write an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs during the working time from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 12.30 to 16.30 on +371 67219485, +371 67219116, +371 67219264, +371 67219010.