Citizenship of Latvia may be restored upon a person’s request, provided it has been lost:
- As a result of the choice made by his or her parents or adopters without his or her written consent – citizenship may be restored until reaching the age of 25;
- As a result of the renunciation of citizenship of Latvia or revoking the citizenship of Latvia because of acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State, an EFTA Member State, a NATO Member State, Australia, Brazil or New Zealand.
A procedure for accepting and examining an application for the restoration of citizenship of Latvia is established by Cabinet Regulation of 24 September 2013 Procedure for Losing and Restoring Citizenship of Latvia.
Citizenship of Latvia shall not be restored for a person:
- Who has acquired citizenship of a country not permitted by the Citizenship Law (except the case when a person is a citizen of an EU Member State, an EFTA Member State, a NATO Member State, Australia, Brazil or New Zealand);
- Who has intentionally provided false information when certifying belonging to the citizenship of Latvia or during naturalisation, thus he or she has acquired citizenship of Latvia unjustifiably and whose citizenship of Latvia has been revoked by a judgement of the court;
- To whom the restrictions specified in Article 11 of the Citizenship Law apply (except if the person is serving in the armed forces or a military organisation of an EU Member State, an EFTA Member State, a NATO Member State, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand).
- A personal identification document (passport, identification card) (sending documents by post, it is necessary to send ONLY THE COPY of a personal identification document);
- Criminal record certificate (only for persons who have reached the age of 14) issued and signed by the competent authority of the country of nationality and issued no earlier than six months prior to the restoration of Latvian citizenship application or documentary proof of the fact that such a statement can not be obtained;
- A document confirming payment of the State fee amounting to EUR 21.34 or EUR 7.11 for a victim of political repression, person with a disability of group I, orphan, child without parental care and person recognised as poor in accordance with the law.
Beneficiary: THE TREASURY, TRELLV22
Registration No. 90000050138
Account No.: LV35TREL1060140919700
Purpose of payment: State fee for documenting the renunciation of citizenship of Latvia and the restoration of citizenship
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.
A document confirming the birth of the child 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.
Criminal record certificate must be translated into 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.
Legalisation of the document is not required 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 here:
When sending documents by post, copy of the identity document (not notarized), Criminal record certificate (original) and document confirming payment of the State fee should be added.
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