Ukrainians to receive one-off aid in Latvia

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Civilians fleeing the war from Ukraine to Latvia will be entitled to a one-off allowance of €272 for adults and €190 for each child, the Saeima decided on March 24.

Ukrainian civilians fleeing the war will also have a right to childbirth allowance, parental leave benefit, and state family benefit. The amendments foresee that Ukrainian civilians are a group of people at risk of social exclusion within the meaning of the Social Enterprise Law, said the Saeima Press Service.

In order to ensure the right to take up work immediately, it is stipulated that the Ukrainian people who have a travel document issued in Ukraine have the right to enter into a legal employment relationship without obtaining a long-term visa. Within ten days after starting employment, the Ukrainian citizen will be required to apply to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs for a visa.

Ukrainian residents who are psychologists will be entitled to provide psychologist services to Ukrainian civilians in Latvia. Psychologists who have carried out professional activities in one of the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation will have the right to perform temporary professional services of a psychologist if the board of certification of psychologists has taken the relevant decision.

Ukrainian civilians will have the right to work as sports specialists (trainers, coaches) and participate in the education process of Ukrainian minors. Pupils of years 9 and 12 who have arrived from Ukraine will be entitled to take tests in minority language this academic year.

The State will also provide a research grant for the performance of scientific or academic work for Ukrainian citizens who perform academic or scientific staff duties in Ukraine.

The amendments also allow Ukrainian residents to visit the country's museums free of charge, presenting a personal or other document attesting that the person is a Ukrainian civilian.

The changes will take effect on the day following their announcement.

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