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Since its foundation in 1996 the law office “INLAT PLUS” has been one of the most active and leading companies providing legal service in Latvia. The variety of the qualified legal services provided by the company will meet the most demanding requirements of its clients (legal and physical persons).

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The main changes to the Immigration Law of Latvia

25.08.2016
On July 1, 2016 entered into force new amendments to the Immigration Law of Latvia. The amendments mainly concerned articles of the law, which were responsible for the provision of temporary residence permit to foreigners who purchased immovable property or contributed to the fixed assets of the company. In addition, the amendments laid on foreigners additional financial costs in case of obtaining a temporary residence permit through a contribution to the fixed assets, as well as in the case of re-requesting a temporary residence permit after the end of the first 5-year period, but with remarks, which allowed to reduce a little the costly part.
Currently, the foreigner may require a temporary residence permit:
 
1. At the time that does not exceed 5 years, if the foreigner has made investment in fixed assets of the company, increasing it, or investment in fixed assets, establishing a new company, and paid to the state budget EUR 10 000, and under the condition that the made investment committed to an amount not less than:
 
- 50 000 euros and the contribution committed to the society, where work not more than 50 employees and an annual turnover or total annual balance of society does not exceed 10 million euros. In connection with the contribution in one society a temporary residence permit shall be issued to no more than 10 foreigners, if each of them carried out the above mentioned investment and contributed to the state budget 10 000 euros.
 
- 100 000 euros and the contribution committed to the society, where work not more than 50 employees and an annual turnover or total annual balance exceeds 10 million euros.
 
- 100 000 euros and the contribution committed to the society, in which together with one or more of its subsidiaries, registered in the Republic of Latvia, works more than 50 employees and whose total annual turnover or total annual balance is more than 10 million euros.
 
2. For a period not exceeding 5 years, if the foreigner has purchased immovable property in Riga and Jurmala, as well as in Adazi, Baldone, Carnikava, Garkalne, Ikskile, Kekava, Marupe, Olaine, Ropazi, Salaspils, Saulkrasti or Stopini district and he owns one functionally related immovable property (except the cases when the property is undeveloped land) worth at least 250 000 euros, or outside of these administrative areas - not more than two property objects (except the cases when the property is undeveloped land), and each of them is functionally related immovable property, the total amount of which is at least 250 000 euros, if the following conditions exist simultaneously:
 
- the foreigner has no debts to pay tax on immovable property;
 
- the payment of the total value of the immovable property has been carried out in the form of non-cash payment;
 
- immovable property was purchased by a legal entity registered in the Republic of Latvia, the European Union, European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, which is a taxpayer in the Republic of Latvia within the meaning of regulations regulating this sector the Republic of Latvia, or a physical person who is a citizen of Latvia, non-citizen of Latvia, a citizen of the European Union or a foreigner, who is in the territory of the Republic of Latvia with the valid residence permit issued by Latvia;
 
- the cadastral value of the immovable property at the time of purchase is at least 80 000 euros. If a foreigner has purchased two immovable properties outside Riga or Jurmala, or Adazi, Baldone, Carnikava, Garkalne, Ikskile, Kekava, Marupe, Olaine, Ropazi, Salaspils, Saulkrasti or Stopini district, the cadastral value of each of the immovable property at the time of its purchase is not less than 40 000 euros. If the cadastral value is less than the specified amount, the cost of the immovable property in accordance with the market value of immovable property established by certified appraiser shall not be less than 250 000 euros, or if the foreigner has purchased two objects of immovable property, then the market value of each immovable property shall not be less than 125 000 euros;
 
- the foreigner, requesting a temporary residence permit for the first time, paid to the state budget 5% of the value of the immovable property;
 
- the used agricultural land or land with forest is not included in a part of the immovable property.
 
The next innovation was a new article of the law that defines the surcharge for re-requesting a temporary residence permit for the next 5 years for foreigners who wish to obtain a temporary residence permit on the basis of clause 28 (contribution committed to the society), clause 29 (purchase of immovable property), clause 30 (subordinated liabilities with the bank) and clause 31 (purchase of government securities) of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia.
 
The foreigner who has been issued a temporary residence permit in accordance with clauses 28, 29, 30 or 31 of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Act of Latvia, has the right to not earlier than six months before the expiry date of the temporary residence permit to re-request a temporary residence permit if there are still necessary for the issuance conditions, and re-obtaining a temporary residence permit, the foreigner has paid to the state budget 5000 euros.
 
Thus, an extra fee has been introduced, but with the following remarks, which were enshrined in the transitional provisions of the Immigration Law of Latvia.
 
A condition of payment of 5000 euros to the state budget is not applied to a foreigner who demanded a temporary residence permit for the first time and who has received a temporary residence permit in accordance with clause 29 of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia (the purchase of immovable property) in connection with the Immigration Law of Latvia, acting in the wording of 22 April 2010, 
 
This means that foreigners who have received a temporary residence permit on the basis of the purchase of immovable property in accordance with the edition of the Immigration Law of Latvia, dated April 22, 2010, are exempt from payment of 5000 euros in the first re-requesting a temporary residence permit.
 
The same is provided for an foreigner who has received a temporary residence permit on the basis of clause 30 (subordinated liabilities with the bank) and clause 31 (purchase of government securities) of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia. In this case, the foreigner is also exempted from paying 5000 euros during the second requesting a temporary residence permit for the first time.
 
With foreigners who have received a temporary residence permit on the basis of clause 28 of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia (contribution committed to the society), the situation is slightly different.
 
According to clause 31 of the transitional provisions of the Immigration Act of Latvia, if the foreigner has received a temporary residence permit in accordance with sub-paragraph "a" clause 28 of first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia, acting as amended on May 29, 2014 (contribution committed to the society capital in the amount of 35 000 euros), and the relevant company, which employs less than 50 employees and an annual turnover or annual balance does not exceed 10 million euros, makes investments and, thus, more than 3 foreigners contain the current temporary residence permit in Latvia, the foreigner who has received a temporary residence permit on the basis of the above-mentioned provisions of the law, requiring a temporary residence permit again in connection with a contribution to this society or registering a temporary residence permit, shall submit the documents which confirm that the investment is 50 0000 euros and 10 000 euros were paid to the state budget. When requiring a temporary residence permit again, a condition of payment of 5000 euros to the state budget is not applied.
 
This means that if a new member will be taken to a part of society, who wishes to obtain a temporary residence permit (the contribution to the basic capital of the company in the amount of 50 000 euros), which will result in more than 3 participants in a society, then the previous participants in the society, re-claiming a residence permit or registering their temporary residence permits are exempt from the payment of 5,000 euros, but they are required to invest in fixed assets of society additional 15 000 euros, to reach the amount of 50 000 euros as required by applicable law and to pay 10 000 euros to the state budget.
 
To a foreigner, who until June 30, 2016 received a temporary residence permit in accordance with clause 28 (contribution to the basic capital of the society) of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia, and to whom does not apply clause 31 of the Transitional Provisions of the Immigration Law of Latvia, requiring a temporary residence permit again, the conditions of clause 28 of the first part of the law are applied that had been in force until 30 June 2016. In this case, such foreigners are also exempt from the payment of 5,000 euros to the state budget.
 
Further, the law again makes concessions to foreigners undergoing the registration of temporary residence permits, and exempt them from payment of 10 000 euros and obligations to bring its contribution to the statutory minimum, but only for those who have made the core capital of the company 150 000 euros.
 
The temporary residence permit of a foreigner which is issued in accordance with sub-paragraph "b" of clause 28 of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Act of Latvia, acting as amended on May 29, 2014 (contribution to the basic capital of the company in the amount of 150 000 euros) and for registration which documents have been filed until 30 June 2017, registered by applying the provisions of the Act that were in force until 30 June 2016.
 
In addition to the provisions that modify existing articles of the Immigration Law of Latvia, was also added another basis on which a foreigner may be required to obtain a temporary residence permit, - a clause 32 of the first part of Article 23 of the Immigration Law of Latvia. According to this provision of law a foreigner can demand a temporary residence permit in Latvia for a time not exceeding 6 months if he has mastered a studying program in an institution of a higher education, has acquired a recognized by the state diploma of higher education institution about the development of the curriculum and requested a residence permit no later than 3 months after receipt of a diploma.
/ Aleksandrs Koposovs, a member of the board of Law Office INLAT PLUS /