761 residence permits of Russians annulled in Latvia since start of war

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Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 761 Russian nationals' residence permits have been annulled, according to Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office (PMLP) information, LETA reported August 31.

Between February 24 and August 26, 578 temporary residence permits and 183 permanent residence permits were cancelled.

In most cases there were straightforward reasons. 264 of those permits were cancelled simply because documents were not submitted in good time for registration. The other reasons for annulment are termination of employment relations, change of reason for residence, and acquisition of Latvian citizenship (which makes a separate residence permit superfluous).

32 permits were cancelled because false information was provided, but 24 permits were cancelled because the foreigner was included in the database banning entry. Eight permits have been cancelled because the competent authorities have prohibited residence in Latvia.

According to data of August 12, 9,189 Russian citizens currently have valid temporary residence permits, including 1,820 issued in connection with investments. Belarusian citizens have 2,432 valid temporary residence permits, including 65 in connection with investments.

Russian citizens also had 37,183 permanent residence permits.

It has also been reported by LSM that the Ministry of Interior has prepared amendments to the Immigration Law, which provides for the cessation of the renewal of temporary residence permits to Russian and Belarusian citizens except in justified cases.


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