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Who is an emigrant? 
In accordance with Section 23 of the Repatriation Law, an emigrant is a person who emigrates from Latvia for permanent residence abroad. 

Rights and duties of an emigrant    
Rights:  
In accordance with Article 2 of Protocol 4 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, everyone lawfully within the territory of a State, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence. Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own. 

Thus, the State of Latvia cannot place any restriction either on its nationals, or foreigners to exercise their rights of liberty to emigrate from the State (with the exception of the provisions of Clause 3 in the Convention: “No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are in accordance with law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the maintenance of public order, for the prevention of crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”). 

Duties: 

  • Article 12.2 of Cabinet of Ministers Regulation of 25 October 2005 No. 786 “Procedure for Updating of Data Entered in the Population Register” provides that an individual who is a national of Latvia shall provide information about his or her emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad. In accordance with Article 59 of the Regulation, an individual shall, by presenting his or her personal identification document at any structural unit of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or a border checkpoint of the State Border Guard, personally submit an application regarding his or her emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad where the following information must be indicated:
    • Given name (names), surname;
    • Identity number;
    • State to which the individual is emigrating;
    • Date of emigration;
    • Information about the personal identification document with which the individual emigrates. 

In order to notify the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (henceforth – the Office) about emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad, an individual who is a national of Latvia, namely, a citizen or a non-citizen of Latvia shall apply to any  territorial division of the Office or a border checkpoint of the State by presenting a personal identification document (passport) and shall submit an application regarding emigration. 

In case, if a minor (under the age of 15 years) emigrates for permanent residence abroad, his or her parents or guardians shall fill in an application on the minor’s behalf. In case, if a minor between the age of  15 and 18 years emigrates for permanent residence abroad, the application regarding emigration for permanent residence abroad must include consent of the minor who shall confirm the same with his or her signature. 

Accordingly, a personal identification document of the minor must also be presented. 

  • In case, if an individual who is a national of Latvia resides outside Latvia for a period exceeding six months, he or she has the duty to notify the Office about address of his or her place of residence abroad, as well as other changes in the data entered in the Population Register about themselves, their children younger than 18 years and individuals in their trusteeship or guardianship (by the agency of consular or diplomatic mission of Latvia abroad), if such changes have been made by a foreign institution, according to the provisions of Paragraph two of Section 15 of the Law on the Population Register.


An application regarding residence abroad may be submitted to any territorial division of the Office or to the nearest diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Latvia abroad. 

How does the Office use information provided by an individual regarding emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad? 
In accordance with Clause 8 of Section 6 of the Repatriation Law, the Office conducts the registration of those persons who wish to emigrate from Latvia and who emigrate from Latvia. 

According to an individual’s wish to emigrate for permanent residence abroad, the Office updates information in the Population Register about the individual’s emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad, on the basis of documents submitted by the individual and in accordance with Cabinet of Ministers Regulation of 25 October 2005 No. 786 “Procedure for Updating of Data Entered in the Population Register”. 

In accordance with the provisions of Clause 8 of Section 6 of the Repatriation Law, the Office takes a decision regarding whether there are no obstacles to the person emigrating from the State, on the basis of information provided by competent institutions. 

By taking into account that competent institutions of a state of immigration may request a statement certifying that there are no obstacles to the individual for emigration from Latvia, the Office is the institution, which issues such statements. 

An individual who is a national of Latvia (a citizen or a non-citizen of Latvia) and who wishes to receive a statement issued by the Office certifying that there are no obstacles to the individual emigrating from the State shall submit the following documents to any territorial division of the Office, by presenting a travel document: 

  • An application for receipt of a statement;
  • An application for emigration from Latvia for permanent residence abroad. In case, if a minor under the age of 15 years emigrates for permanent residence abroad, his or her parents or guardians shall fill in an application on the minor’s behalf; if a minor between the age of 15 and 18 years emigrates for permanent residence abroad, the application must include consent of the minor who shall confirm the same with his or her signature;
  • Entry permit issued by the relevant state of immigration, if necessary;
  • In case, if the individual emigrates for permanent residence in the Russian Federation, by the agency of the Russian Federal Migration Representative Office in Latvia, a statement issued by the tax payers’ register of the State Revenue Service certifying that the individual has no tax liabilities. 

An individual who resides in Latvia with a residence permit, registration certificate or permanent residence certificate and wishes to receive a statement issued by the Office certifying that there are no obstacles to the individual emigrating from the State, shall submit the following documents to any territorial division of the Office, by presenting a travel document: 

  • An application for receipt of a statement;
  • Entry permit issued by the relevant state of immigration, if necessary;
  • In case, if the individual emigrates for permanent residence in the Russian Federation, by the agency of the Russian Federal Migration Representative Office in Latvia, a statement issued by the tax payers’ register of the State Revenue Service certifying that the individual has no tax liabilities. 

When submitting documents for receipt of a statement, an individual who resides in Latvia with a residence permit, registration certificate or permanent residence certificate must have, according to the provisions of regulatory enactments, a revoked residence permit, registration certificate or permanent residence certificate.

Fees for receipt of a statement 

 Within 1 working day  11.48euro
 Within 5 working days 6.16euro

It is possible to receive a statement within 1 (one) working day only at Riga 1st Division of the Office, address: Čiekurkalna 1. līnija 1, k-3, Riga, Latvia. 

Information to individuals who emigrate for permanent residence in the Russian Federation 

Persons who wish to emigrate for permanent residence in Russia, prior to receipt of a statement, must apply to the Federal Migration Representative Office in Latvia of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Latvia, address: Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 33-27, Riga, telephone number for inquiries: 67311940, in order to obtain all necessary information about the status of t immigrant and residence in Russia, as well as to obtain an entry permit. 

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