A Latvian exile is a person who meets all the following requirements:
- was a citizen of Latvia on 17 June 1940 (or is a descendent of a citizen of Latvia);
- fled from Latvia the USSR or German occupation regime or was deported during the period from 17 June 1940 to 4 May 1990;
- due to the reasons referred to in Paragraph 2 has not been able to return to Latvia as a permanent resident until 4 May 1990.
Their descendants born before 1 October 2014 may concurrently acquire citizenship of Latvia.
In case of registration of Latvian citizenship, can retain their current citizenship.
Pursuant to Paragraphs one and two, Article 81 of the Citizenship Law, a procedure under which the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs accepts and examines applications and registers a person as a citizen of Latvia is established by Cabinet Regulation of 24 September 2013 Procedure for Registering a Person as a Citizen of Latvia.
providing: applicant’s name and surname in the Latvian language and date of birth or identity number (if any); 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: email@example.com
2. A personal identification document (passport, identification card);
(sending documents by post, it is necessary to send ONLY THE COPY of a personal identification document);
3. A document confirming birth (a birth certificate or an extract from the Birth Register);
4. A document confirming marital status (a marriage certificate, a document regarding dissolution of marriage);
5. A document confirming the birth of a child;
6. Documents confirming the right to acquire citizenship of Latvia:
6.1. Confirmation that an applicant or his or her ancestor left Latvia during the period from 17 June 1940 to 4 May 1990 fleeing from the USSR or German occupation regime or was deported and therefore has not been able to return to Latvia as a permanent resident until 4 May 1990 (confirmation form);
6.2. Persons’ or ancestors’ belonging to the Latvian citizenry on 17 June 1940:
- civil status registration documents - birth certificate or an extract from the Birth Register, marriage certificate or an extract from the marriage registry issued by the Civil Registry Department, address: A.Čaka iela 38, Riga, LV-1011, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +371 67226222;
- documents relating to the 1935 census, the tax administration matters, military service matters, issued by the State Historical Archives, address: Slokas Street 16, Riga, LV-1048, phone +371 20017505.
- the pre-war Latvian citizen's passport .
Where can I submit documents?
At present, documents can be submitted to OCMA remotely by sending them by post to OCMA of Citizenship and Migration Affairs to the address: Čiekurkalna 1.līnija 1, k-3, Rīga, LV-1026.
When sending documents by post, copies of documents must be notarized and legalized, except for a copy of an identity document.
If the original documents are sent by post, they will be returned to the address indicated together with the decision taken.
Documents can also be submitted to the nearest Latvian diplomatic or consular mission abroad. For possible ways to submit documents, please contact the representative office or see the website.
Documents of civil registration records should be translated into the Latvian 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.
Application and confirmation must be signed by the person (from the age of 15) who wishes to obtain Latvian citizenship.
Application and confirmation of a child (up to 15 years of age) must be signed by the child’s lawful representative.
Legalisation is not required for public documents issued by the countries of the European Union, European Economic Area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (except for its overseas territories) or issued by the Swiss Confederation that are provided 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 four months 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: email@example.com or call the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs on +371 67209400.