Latvia Immigration Services

​• Latvia's immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. Latvia is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen Area. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.
 
• Business visitors to Latvia typically use a local version of the Schengen C Visa, unless they are visa exempt based on their nationality. The Schengen Area limits stay to 90 days within a 180-day period.
 
• The main work authorization categories are the Residence Permit with Work Authorization, available to a wide range of foreign national workers; the EU Blue Card, suitable for highly skilled, locally hired employees who meet a salary threshold; and the (EU) Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permit, available for intracompany transfers of managers, specialists or trainees from outside the EU. The application process always requires an in-country application with the Office of Migration and Citizenship Affairs (OCMA). If the intended stay is under 90 days, foreign nationals may also request a residence permit, thereby offering a choice between a visa and a residence permit.​
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.