Remote work visas to be introduced in Latvia

Latvian Saeima approved amendments to the Immigration Law on June 2 that provide for the introduction of remote work visas to facilitate the entry of high-skilled specialists to Latvia.

Amendments to the Law provide for the right of a third-country national to apply for a long-term visa for a period of one year if he or she wishes to stay in Latvia while in employed in another Member State of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or if he or she is a self-employed person established in the OECD Member State, for example, provides legal advice, translation services, services in the IT, and it is possible to carry out work duties remotely.

In order to minimise administrative barriers for remote workers, the Law stipulates that, after the end of the visa period, a visa in relation to the performance of remote work may be requested again for a further period of one year.

Such a framework would allow the applicants to stay in Latvia another year, but if the person had decided to start commercial activity or employment in Latvia, it would allow them to perform the necessary procedures for registration of a company or for the receipt of a temporary residence permit or visa in relation to employment.

After the expiry of these two years, a person is not entitled to the same visa for at least the following six months.

Until now, third-country nationals whose specific nature of their work permits the performance of their work duties to be carried out remotely had limited access to the right of residence in Latvia.

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