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Residence permits in Latvia

In Latvia, a residence permit is a document issued to foreign nationals by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs that grants the right to reside in Latvia either for a set period of time, usually between six months and five years, or permanently. Residence in Latvia gives you the opportunity to live, work and/or study in the country, and to use the medical, public and other services available to Latvian citizens. Not only does Latvian residence offer you the possibility of travelling visa-free to any countries within the Schengen zone, it also facilitates the visa process for other countries, such as the US and the United Kingdom. The main advantages of obtaining a temporary residence permit in Latvia are:

Subordinated deposit: a ticket to a temporary residence permit

One option is to make a subordinated deposit to a credit institution; this is a legal route to obtaining a temporary residence permit for a period of five years. In order to apply for residence in this way, you need to make a financial investment of at least 280,000 EUR in a form of subordinated capital — e.g. subordinated debentures or a subordinated loan — to a credit institution, thus becoming its partner for a certain period.

Various Latvian credit institutions offer subordinated deposits as a service to non-residents, and each offers personalised terms for subordinated loans. The most common conditions are as follows:

Subordinated deposit application procedures and requirements

If you have decided to apply for a temporary residence permit in Latvia through the subordinated deposit route, the first thing to do is to approach one of the banks offering this service. After acquiring the subordinated capital of a Latvian credit institution, you can prepare the documents that must be submitted to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia. The main documents include:

Upon receiving your residence permit, you will need to take out health insurance and obtain a medical reference issued by a medical institution registered in Latvia. Most banks offering subordinated deposits as a means of acquiring a temporary residence permit have put comprehensive advisory and support services in place to facilitate this process for their clients.

Advantages of acquiring subordinated deposits

Other than the residence permit itself, which is of course the main purpose and advantage of investing in the subordinated capital of one of Latvia's credit institutions, another noteworthy advantage is the larger gains to be made due to the higher deposit rates offered in comparison with other types of deposits. This is due to the fact that these deposits are non-terminable, which means that you cannot retrieve your funds before the agreed maturity date. However, when the maturity date arrives, you will be able to retrieve your original funds in addition to the interest that has been paid regularly throughout the investment period. The only non-retrievable payment is the official state fee of 25,000 EUR. Moreover, banks typically consider subordinated deposits to be the most convenient way of acquiring a residence permit.

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