Note! Accelerated immigration program of Latvia is shut down. Red Passport company is not providing services for obtaining Latvian passport anymore.
Latvia is an integral part of the European Union. At the same time, this country has common historical past in the USSR, so there are many Russians living there, whose descendants received citizenship by blood or through naturalization. Modern Latvia is a developed country with a high standard of living for its citizens. Also, it has been a part of the Schengen zone since 2007.
The population of Latvia includes both citizens and non-citizens - people who failed Latvian language test for permanent residence in the country on full rights. This condition for obtaining citizenship was set in the legislation after the country gained independence in 1991.
Latvia has quite strict requirements to candidates for citizenship through naturalization. In general, it is necessary to be a registered resident (to have a residence permit in Latvia) and to live on its territory for at least 5 years.
Besides, the Latvian language knowledge at the everyday life level is necessary.
This matter is controlled by the Commission under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic
You will also be required to write a statement about the refusal of the current citizenship in your country.
Marriage refers to an exceptional naturalization and in general does not free from the requirement for language skills.
In order to obtain a Latvian passport, you will have to live in marriage with a Latvian citizen for at least 10 years and apply for citizenship not earlier than after 5 years of residence in the country.
In order to obtain Latvian citizenship by blood, at least one of your parents must have Latvian citizenship. A child, born in the territory of the Republic of Latvia also gives him the opportunity to become a citizen of Latvia, even if the identity of his parents is not established.
Latvian citizenship is also available through repatriation. The Citizenship Act entitles the descendants of people registered in Latvia before June 17, 1940, to apply for a new passport.
One more popular way of immigration to the European Union is to purchase real estate in Latvia, especially this direction is in demand among Russians. And this is easy to explain, since Latvia has a common border with Russia in the east.
A new house or apartment will allow you to visit this country frequently and to get a residence permit. And then again comes a tedious naturalization for a period of 5 years and exams.