Mobile passport office hits the road Down Under

Latvians in Australia and New Zealand will have a chance to get the latest biometric passports and other personal documents sorted in time for October's parliamentary elections as a special mobile bureau tours the countries in coming weeks.

The road trip by the Foreign Ministry (AM), in collaboration with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PLMP) and Latvian honorary consuls will hit the road between August 10 and 20.

Latvian national and dual citizens will be able to apply for passports and identity cards as well as find out more about the rights and obligations the documents bring with them, a release by the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Citizens will be able to visit the mobile office in Perth (10th-11th August), Brisbane (11-12th August), Adelaide (13-15th August), Sydney (14-17th August) Melbourne (17th-20th August) and Christchurch (19th-20th August).

Biometric data needs to be prepared in advance but interest in the scheme is reportedly large with at least 600 applications expected to be processed, the Foreign Ministry said.

Changes to the law in 2013 making it possible for Australian and New Zealand citizens to gain dual Latvian citizenship are partly responsible for increased interest in the mobile citizenship office. The first such scheme in 2010 attracted 346 passport applications. 

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