Golden visa in LATVIA

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Latvia before, or if you don’t have a clue as to where it’s located.

But believe it or not, Latvia actually has one of the oldest and longest-running residence by investment programs in Europe. It launched back in 2010 when it was in a financially dire situation and needed the foreign investment to get back up on its feet. At just €60,000, the business investment is a low-entry option to gain European residence for themselves and their family. Like other similar programs, it’s specifically geared toward high-net-worth individuals and families, but it actually offers the cheapest way to obtain residence in Europe.

Since 2010 by purchasing a real estate In Latvia or investing in the share capital of a company, more  than 12000 resident permit applications have been approved. Latvian residence permit automatically allows you and your family free movement  in the Schengen territory, currently consisting of 26 European countries. A residence permit is valid for the period up to 5 years and the foreigner/investor is not required to stay permanently in Latvia to maintain the residence permit – allowing you to travel and live in any of the Schengen`s member country. 

Investment in business

Nonrefundable Share Investment of 50 000 EUR in a Latvian company.

+10,000 EUR State fee

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Investing in a Latvian company is the most popular way of obtaining a residence permit in Latvia. The person has to invest at least 50, 000 in the share capital of a company and to pay EUR 10,000 state fee. Investors who complete a successful application receive a residence permit for an initial period up to 5 years, with further extensions possible.The application process is fast; residency rights can be obtained in 4 months from making an eligible investment. Furhermore, you will not be required to live in Latvia prior to or during your application process, nor after your temporary residency has been approved.

Investment in real estate

Value of which is
≥ 250 000 EUR

+State duty: 5%

of real estate value

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If the person wants to obtain residence permit, through purchasing a real estate several several requirements must be fulfilled. It is mandatory that the real estate is bought in Latvia and the cost of object  is not less not  then Euro 250,000. The Government fee for issuance of residency permit is 5 % from the property price indicated in the purchase agreement. The real estate must be purchased only from a Latvian national or legal persons registered in Latvia, an EU citizen, or a person with a Latvian residence permit. The benefit of  this form of investment is that the actual physical presence of the residence permit applicant in Latvia is not required. so you can freely travel and live within the European Union.

About Latvia

Latvia is a small but very unique country that is located in Northern Europe with population of 2 million people. The capital city Riga is the largest city in Latvia and in the Baltic States  and home to one third of Latvia's population. Latvia is a member of the European Union, NATO United Nations, World Trade Organisation , Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, International Monetary Fund. Latvia is a country of rich history and cultural traditions, in 2014  Latvia`s capital city Riga was a European Capital of Culture. The cultural and historic heritage of Latvian architecture spans many centuries and the entire historical centre of Riga has been included  in the UNESCO heritage site list.

Latvia is located at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe, on the east coast of the Baltic Sea. Latvia is bordered by Lithuania to the south, Russia and Belarus to the east and Estonia to the north. Latvia  has a maritime border with Sweden to the west.

Latvian Capital city Riga is geographically exclusively located at the center of Europe which allows reaching every European Union country very easy and convenient through Riga International Airport which is located only 20 minutes (9 km) drive away from the city center.  Located in northeastern Europe Latvia is a perfect transit country between Western Europe and Asia, besides the flight time to other major European cities does not take more than 3 hours:

Riga - London (2.55 h)

Riga - Milan (2.45 h)

Riga - Berlin (1.40 h)

Riga - Stockholm (1.15 h)

Riga - Paris (2.30 h)

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