Latvia could limit residence permit issuance to Russian citizens

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Latvia might significantly limit the issuance of temporary residence permits to citizens of Russia, the Interior Minister tweeted on March 23.

"I have tasked the Interior Ministry to prepare amendments so Latvia stops issuing new temporary residence permits to Russian nationals, except for specific cases (like the union of a family or humanitarian reasons related to the repressions of the regime)," Golubeva wrote.


Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš also mentioned this sort of restriction on Tuesday after the government meeting. The coalition has also discussed the possibility of annulling the residence permits if the holder glorifies or justifies the war in Ukraine.

A residence permit is a document providing a foreigner the right to reside in the Republic of Latvia for a definite period of time (a temporary residence permit) or permanently (a permanent residence permit).


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