Employment of spouses

23.03.2016. 09:27

Neither the Vienna Conventions nor Latvian laws contain any specific regulations prohibiting or limiting the employment of spouses or other family members of the members of the Diplomatic Missions. For work outside the Diplomatic Mission they are, however, bound by the general regulation relating to foreigners who wish to work in Latvia. When taking up work in another EU country a work permit is obligatory, with the exception of nationals of EU member states, as well as those of another State of the European Economic Area.

Latvia has also concluded bilateral agreements with several states concerning the paid occupation of family members of missions with a view to facilitating their employment in the receiving state.

According to the Vienna Conventions, spouses and dependent children do not enjoy immunity from civil and administrative jurisdiction in the case of actions relating to any professional or commercial activity exercised by them. Nor do they enjoy exemption from taxes or social dues on income from such activity.

Applications for work permits of the family members of the states with whom Latvia have bilateral agreement should be submitted to the State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Applications for work permits of the family members of the states with whom Latvia have not bilateral agreement should be submitted to the Residence Permit Division of the Office of Migration and Citizenship Affairs (OCMA).

More information can be obtained at:

Office of Migration and Citizenship Affairs (OCMA)

Pilsonības un Migrācijas Lietu Pārvalde (PMLP)

Address: Čiekurkalna 1.līnija, building 3, Riga, LV 1026

OCMA for information tel.: +371 8000 7657

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