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RETURN DECISIONS

Foreigner return, if residence conditions in the Republic of Latvia are violated

The procedures of foreigner entry, residence and exit are stated in the Immigration law of Latvia.

In case of violation of residency ending date stated in the visa or of a  visa-free regime, or residing in the Republic of Latvia without a valid visa, a residence permit issued in Latvia or a permanent residence card of the Union citizen, the foreigner shall receive a voluntary return decision.

Where to submit the documents for a voluntary return decision?

In order to receive a voluntary return decision, a foreigner must apply to the nearest territorial division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or to the Persons Status Control Division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs if the foreigner resides in Riga.

The documents required to receive a voluntary return decision can be sent by post to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Čiekurkalna 1. līnija 1, k-3, Riga, LV-1026) or, being signed with a secure electronic signature, by e-mail: pskn@pmlp.gov.lv, or using e-service on the portal www.latvija.lv in the section “Application to an institution”:  

In order to get information on the time and place of receiving the voluntary return decision, please contact the Persons Status Control Division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs by e-mail: pskn@pmlp.gov.lv or by phone + 371 67219127, +371 67829820 on working days from 8 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 12.30 p.m. to 16.30 p.m.

 What documents should be submitted?

A person submits to the Office of Citizenship and Migration affairs:

  1. An explanation about infringement of residence conditions in the Republic of Latvia;
  2. A valid travel document;
  3. A document which confirms the date of exit (e.g. a travel ticket).

In which term a foreigner should depart from the Republic of Latvia?

The term of fulfillment of obligation stated in the voluntary return decision is set to between 7 and 30 days. A foreigner has the right to fulfil such obligation earlier than laid down in the voluntary return decision.

Are there any prohibitions to enter the Republic of Latvia?

The Officer of the Office of Citizenship and Migration affairs is entitled to determine an entry ban in the Republic of Latvia and Schengen territory for a period of 30 days to 3 years.

What are the consequences for an infringement of the voluntary return decision?

If a voluntary return decision has been issued but the person had unjustifiably not complied with it an official of the Office of Citizenship and Migration affairs shall issue a removal order of the foreigner.

When a removal order of a foreigner is issued, an entry ban in the Republic of Latvia and Schengen territory is determined between 30 days and 3 years.

Is receiving of voluntary return decision a payable service?

A voluntary return decision is a cost-free service, but the administrative violation report is issued to a foreigner according to article 190.13  of the Administrative Violations Code of the Republic of Latvia for staying in Republic of Latvia without valid visa, residence permit or valid travel document (depending on the circumstances – a warning is issued or a fine of EUR 350 is imposed).

Where can additional information be found?

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 during the working days from 8.00 – 12.00 and 12.30 – 16.30 on +371 67219264, +371 67219010.

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