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Child born abroad if one or both parents are Latvian citizens at the time the birth of the of child

Child born abroad if one or both parents are Latvian citizens at the time the birth of the of child.
Pursuant to Paragraph one, Clause 2 of Article 2 of the Citizenship Law, a procedure under which the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs accepts and examines applications and registers a child born abroad as a citizen of Latvia is established by Cabinet Regulation of 24 September 2013 Procedure for Registering a Person as a Citizen of Latvia.
 
Necessary documents:
1. Application:
providing child’s name and surname in the Latvian language and date of birth; ethnicity; place of residence (preferably in capital letters); contact information (e-mail, telephone number, if any).
In case of uncertainty as to the spelling of a persons’ name in the Latvian language, please contact the Latvian Language Agency www.valoda.lv, by telephone +371 67225879 or e-mail: konsultacija@valoda.lv
2. A document confirming the birth of a child (a birth certificate or an extract from the Birth Register);
3. A personal identification document of a parent (s) (sending documents by post, it is necessary to send the copy of a personal identification document);
4. A personal identification document of a child (if any, , sending documents by post, it is necessary to send the copy of a personal identification document).
 
Where to submit documents?
3) By post to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Čiekurkalna 1. līnija 1, korp. 3, Rīga, LV-1026).
A document confirming the birth of a child should be translated into the official language (except for the case when the document is in English, German, French or Russian and submitted to an embassy or sent by post from abroad) and legalised under a procedure established by law.
 
Important!
An application for a child (up to 15 years of age) must be signed by the child’s lawful representative. The application is signed by the child himself after reaching 15 years of age.
 
Legalisation of the document is not required for public documents issued in Member States of the European Union, Member States of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and intended for use in Latvia.
 
Information about the legalisation of documents may be found at:
When sending documents by post, copies of the documents should be certified by a notary and legalised, except for a copy of the personal identification document.
 
How long does the examination of submitted documents take?
A decision on granting citizenship, updating data in the Population Register and assigning an identity number or refusal to grant citizenship is taken within one month from the day the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs receives all the necessary documents.
 
Where to receive additional information?
 In case of any questions or concerns please write an e-mail: pskn@pmlp.gov.lv or call the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs on +371 67209400.

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