Requesting Latvian citizenship

21.02.2020. 21:51

INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROCESS OF REQUESTING LATVIAN CITIZENSHIP AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2013


In order to request Latvian citizenship first you need to select one of the categories, which justifies your eligibility for citizenship because different rules apply for each category:

I. Exiles (those who were forced to leave Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990 due to foreign occupation) and their descendants who were born by October 1, 2014

Latvian citizenship can be requested by those who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and who fled occupation and left Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990, and for this reason did not return to Latvia, as well as their descendants, who are born by October 1, 2014. Dual citizenship is allowed with any other country!

List of documents which must be submitted to the Embassy of Latvia by mail (address: 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008) if you are applying for Latvian citizenship as an exile or their descendant:

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship. Fill out in the Latvian language as required by Official Language Law! In case of uncertainty as to the spelling of a person's name in the Latvian language, please contact the Latvian Language Agency (www.valoda.lv by telephone +371 67225879 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If the applicant is under the age of 15, the parents need to fill out the form on behalf of a child;

Application Form
Application on behalf of a child under the age if 15

2. Written statement that the person fled Latvia to escape the occupation. Fill out in Latvian language as required by Official Language Law! If the applicant is under the age of 15, the parents need to fill out a written statement on behalf of a child;

Written statement

3. Identification document - copy of passport (data page only);

4. Free form application with a text on it: “I, name, surname, agree that my data will be used in order to receive a consular service. Date and signature”;

5. Birth certificate - original (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from the Office of the Secretary of State in which the document was issued);

6. Marriage certificate or divorce decree - original (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication);

7. Birth certificates of children - original (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille);

8. Consular fee 50 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia”);

9. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship:
• The exile’s passport from Latvia’s first period of independence;
• Birth certificate (issued in Latvia) or an excerpt from the birth register (please send to us the original or an excerpt that is notarized by a Public Notary and certified with an Apostille); the original marriage certificate (issued in Latvia) or an excerpt from the marriage registers (please send to us the original or an excerpt that is notarized by a Public Notary and certified with an Apostille). The aforementioned documents are issued by the Civil Registry of the Republic of Latvia (address: A.Čaka iela 38, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvia, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone number: +371 67226222). You can also request the abovementioned documents (for the last 100 years) through the Embassy of Latvia by filling out “Application form for Requesting documents”. Descendants of exiles must provide documents confirming their relationship to the exile.

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service certified mail is 20 USD;  for return by Federal Express: 30 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”).

Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in 4 months. In case all necessary documents have not been submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. In case of questions please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for consultations: (202) 328-2884 (from Tuesday until Friday from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Eastern time).

II. Person who has reached the age of 15, and at the time of birth at least one of the parents was a citizen of Latvia with a personal code

In this case, dual citizenship is allowed for those who are citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or if you are a citizen of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand (children are eligible for dual citizenship with any country, but at the age 25 will have to make a choice). List of documents, which must be submitted to the Embassy of Latvia by mail (address: 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008):

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship. Fill out in the Latvian language as required by the Official Language Law! In case of uncertainty as to the spelling of a person's name in the Latvian language, please contact the Latvian Language Agency (www.valoda.lv by telephone +371 67225879 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.);

Application form

2. Identification document - copy of passport (data page only);

3. Free form application with a text on it: “I, name, surname, agree that my data will be used in order to receive a consular service. Date and signature”;

4. Birth certificate - original (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from The Office of the Secretary of State in which the document was issued);

5. Copies of both parents’ passports (data page only);

6. (if applicable to oneself) Marriage certificate or divorce decree - original (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication);

7. Consular fee 50 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia”).

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service certified mail is 20 USD; for return by the Federal Express: 30 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in 1 month. In the case of all necessary documents not being submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. In case of questions please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for consultations: (202) 328-2884 (from Tuesday until Friday from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Eastern time).

III. You are an ethnic Latvia or Liv

If requesting citizenship based on your ethnic origin you will be required to pass a language exam in Latvia. You are allowed to maintain dual citizenship with any other country! List of documents which must be submitted to the Embassy of Latvia by mail (address: 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008):

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship. Fill out in Latvian language as required by Official Language Law! In case of uncertainty as to the spelling of a persons’ name in the Latvian language, please contact the Latvian Language Agency (www.valoda.lv by telephone +371 67225879 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Application form

2. Identification document - copy of passport (data page only);

3. Free form application with text on it: “I, name, surname, agree that my data will be used in order to receive a consular service. Date and signature”;

4. Birth certificate - original (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from The Office of the Secretary of State in which the document was issued);

5. Marriage certificate or divorce decree - original (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication);

6. Birth certificates of children - original (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille);

7. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship (see below);

8. Consular fee 50 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia”);

Documents that confirm the eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on ethnic origin:
1. Document that confirms your ancestor’s place of residence in Latvia’s territory between 1881 and June 17, 1940;
2. Documents proving your relationship to this ancestor;
3. Documents confirming your ethnic background (if you cannot prove yours, then documents confirming that one of your parents or grandparents is/was Latvian, by submitting, for example, passports, birth/marriage certificates, etc.);
4. Document confirming that you have passed the language examination in Latvia.

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service certified mail is 20 USD; for return by the Federal Express: 30 USD (Money Order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in 1 year. In the case of all necessary documents not being submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. In case of questions please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for consultations: (202) 328-2884 (from Tuesday until Friday from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Eastern time).