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RENUNCIATION OF THE STATUS OF A NON-CITIZEN OF LATVIA

In which cases one must renounce the status of a non-citizen of Latvia? 
In accordance with Paragraph one of Section 6 of the Law On the Status of those Former U.S.S.R. Citizens who do not have the Citizenship of Latvia or that of any Other State (henceforth – the Law) a non-citizen of Latvia who has obtained citizenship (nationality) of another state, has the duty to renounce the status of a non-citizen within 30 days from obtaining such citizenship (nationality). 
In accordance with Paragraph two of Section 6 of the Law, a non-citizen of Latvia to whom citizenship (nationality) of some other state is guaranteed or a travel document of a foreign state is issued, shall be entitled to renounce the status of a non-citizen. 

What documents and where must be submitted, in order to renounce the status of a non-citizen of Latvia? 
In order to renounce the status of a non-citizen of Latvia, an individual must submit an application regarding renunciation of the status of non-citizen to any territorial division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or diplomatic or consular mission of Latvia abroad, by presenting a document certifying the fact of obtaining citizenship of another state or its guarantee, or a travel document issued by a foreign state.


Such an application may be sent also by postal mail to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, if the signature of the applicant has been certified by a notary. 

An application regarding renunciation of the status of a non-citizen on behalf of a minor shall be submitted by parents of such an individual or by his or her legal representative. If a minor has reached the age of 15 years, his or her written consent is required to renounce the status of a non-citizen. 

In case, if an individual has not renounced the status of a non-citizen of Latvia in accordance with the procedure provided for in the Law, then his or her status of a non-citizen of Latvia shall be revoked according to Clause 3 of Paragraph one of Section 7 in the Law. 

Who reviews submitted documents and what is the period of review? 
Documents regarding renunciation of the status of a non-citizen of Latvia are reviewed by a territorial division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or the Individuals’ Status Control Department. 

Decision on loss of the status of a non-citizen of Latvia is made within the terms stated in Section 64 of the Administrative Procedure Law, i.e., within one month from a day of receipt of the application. If necessary, review of the matter may be prolonged for up to four months. 

In case of loss of the status of a non-citizen of Latvia, information about changes in the legal status of an individual is updated in the Population Register. 

What are future possibilities of residing in the Republic of Latvia for an individual who has renounced the status of a non-citizen of Latvia? 

In case, if an individual wishes to continue his or her permanent residence in the Republic of Latvia and the individual has renounced the status of a non-citizen of Latvia in accordance with the procedure provided for in the Law, he or she shall be entitled to request a permanent residence permit or a permanent residence certificate (applicable to citizens of the European Union). 

Where additional information can be obtained? 

In case of questions or uncertainty, information can be obtained by telephone 67219289, 67219485 or 67219270, or by e-mail: pskd@pmlp.gov.lv 

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