The Latvian authorities supported in the first reading a temporary ban on the issuance of residence permits to Russian citizens


Saeima Commission for Defense, Internal Affairs and Prevention of Corruption supported amendments to the law “On Immigration” – they imply a ban on the issuance of residence permits (permits) to citizens of Russia and Belarus until June 30, 2023.

The Latvian authorities supported in the first reading a temporary ban on the issuance of residence permits to Russian citizens

The document provides for a number of exceptions – employment, study, family circumstances (for example, if citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus are the guardians of citizens or non-citizens of Latvia) and in some other cases.

Also, the ban will not be valid for those citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus who have already submitted documents for consideration to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or have time to submit them before the amendments come into force.

It is supposed, that the prepared amendments will be accepted by the Diet urgently, in two readings.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, cited by Sputnik, Latvia issued 46,472 temporary residence permits, of which 10,347 were issued to Russian citizens. About half of them were obtained after the purchase of real estate. Taking into account permanent residence permits, more than 50 thousand Russian citizens live in Latvia.

Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, 307 Russian citizens have applied for a residence permit. In January, there were 343 such applicants.

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