Notes went to Latvia (Last Update: April 4, 2011)
Entry and residence
December 21, 2007 Latvia became Schengen visa countries. Holders of visas issued in Latvia (there are no special instructions on the visa case) can travel freely within the Schengen area. Schengen area existing in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain , Sweden and Switzerland 25.
1, Latvia visa type
Airport transit visa (A class visa): holder can transfer during international flights transit through Latvia International Airport area. Support Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka as well as holders of passports issued by these countries are required to apply for travel permits airport transit visa. Holding passports of other countries (including China passport) who do not need a airport transit visa.
Transit Visa: You can pull no more than 3 days stay, foreign seafarers can stay up to 5 days. Applicants must hold a visa to the country or go to the country visa-free.
Short-term visa (C visa category): issued for the purpose of short-term visits of foreigners to stay in the pull. Period not exceeding one year from the date of entry, pulling within six months stay each time shall not exceed 90 days.
Long-term visa (D type visa): for a period not exceeding one year (except for diplomatic and official visas), issued within six months need to pull in more than 90 days stay of foreigners.
Local border visas: According to the simplification of visa procedures issued to the international treaty the border area residents. Period not exceeding one year from the date of entry, pulling within six months stay each time shall not exceed 90 days. Only immigrants who pull such a visa, a visa may travel to other Schengen countries.
Diplomatic and official visa: issued to enjoy diplomatic or consular privileges and immunities, for official purposes and those who stay in the pull.
According to pull the relevant provisions of the citizens need to pull Chinese Embassy visa. Not taking into account the opening of direct flights between China and Latin, visitors need to turn to a third country from the pull, pull requires visa applicants to provide the destination for the “Riga” (RIX) round-trip ticket, which the applicant prior to entry in other Schengen Latvia short-term non-Schengen countries in transit. China’s Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian citizens to apply for the Hungarian Consulate General in Shanghai Latvia visa. Hungarian Consulate General in Shanghai Address:
Shanghai Hai Tong Securities Building, 689 Canton Road, 28th Floor, # 2811,
Tel :0086 -021-63411003, 63411005,63411007
Fax :0086 -021-63410574
E-mail: mission.shg @ kum.gov.hu
Entry, transit visa once, twice and many of the points.
2, the application needs to pull the Latvian Embassy visa filing:
Schengen Business Visa
• The applicant has signed visa application form (download the visa form);
• a white background photograph (35 mm X45 mm);
• Passport (valid at least more than pull a visa to stay in Japan to be more than three months), including originals and copies of all the personal information page and visa page in the past;
• The Latvian Office of Citizenship and Immigration Ministry of the Interior approved the invitation letter (valid for 6 months);
• Chinese companies and pull the original letter of introduction or English translation (note address, telephone / fax numbers, positions and salaries of visa applicants, the time in the company, went to pull business purposes), to be signed and stamped with company seal ;
• China’s business license and a copy of the original, translated into English or Latin language;
• valid travel health insurance (full insurance minimum sum insured is € 30,000, travel full force to bear to ensure that emergency medical treatment costs, as well as visitors to return for medical reasons, or place of permanent residence arising from the costs associated with death), original + 1 copies.
Download: Schengen Embassy recognized travel medical insurance can provide a list of companies
• Round trip air ticket bookings;
• the original account and copy;
• Original and photocopy of identity card;
• visa fee 650 yuan.
Schengen private business / visit visa
• The applicant has signed visa application form * (Download visa application form);
• a white background photograph (35 mm X45 mm);
• Passport (valid at least more than pull a visa to stay in Japan to be more than 3 months), including originals and copies of all the personal information page and visa page in the past;
• The Latvian Office of Citizenship and Immigration Ministry of the Interior approved the invitation letter (valid for 6 months);
• proof of financial income (last six months the list of banks or bank transfer the original document);
• proof of relationship or marriage certificate notarized documents (files to be translated into English, and to provide original and photocopy);
• Latin or English with a written letter from the employer, the applicant name, title, agreed to limit their travel and indicate their salary. Letter must be marked on the address, telephone, fax number, and affix the company or the school seal.
• Minors traveling: issued by both parents or English with a Latin letter written consent (each notary office to the embassy to submit written documents). If the parents divorce, a divorce certificate and custody are required to submit proof of the original, to be translated into Latin or English.
• valid travel health insurance (full insurance minimum sum insured is € 30,000, travel full force to bear to ensure that emergency medical treatment costs, as well as visitors to return for medical reasons or country of permanent residence arising upon the occurrence of death related expenses), the original + 1 copies.
Download: Schengen Embassy recognized travel medical insurance can provide a list of companies *
• Round trip air ticket reservation form;
• account of the (original and photocopy);
• ID card (original and photocopy);
• Visa fee – 650 yuan.
3, Special Note:
• the visa officer the right to require the applicant to provide additional information and documents;
• the visa process normally takes 14 – 21 working days;
• if they are refused, the visa application fee is not refundable;
• by e-mail embassy.china @ mfa.gov.lv or call 64333863 for a visa appointment, must provide the number of invitations;
Latvia Embassy Information:
Address: Chaoyang District, Beijing No. 1, Jialin Jialin Jia Garden Villa 71, Postal Code 100 016;
E-mail: embassy.china @ mfa.gov.lv;
Embassy website: www.latvianembassy.org.cn/;
Consular office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-11:30 am;
• Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website news release, according to “facilitate the decision of third-country transit Latvia”, since December 1, 2006 onwards, Schengen countries and other new EU countries into the visa and residence permit, or Liechtenstein and Switzerland The residence permit, without a visa for Latvia, transit and stay in the pull no more than 5 days.
• Since May 1, 2003 onwards, pull the EU ACQUIS COMMUNAUTAIRE standards of the “Immigration Law” and relevant laws and regulations to take effect. Republic of China passport holders to apply for pulling a visa to enter Latvia; hold Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Region passport may enter Latvia visa, maximum stay of 90 days.
• “Immigration Law” also stipulates that foreigners holding valid visas to enter Latvia, within six months (January-June and July-December) a maximum stay of 90 days; holding long-term visa or residence permit for foreigners in six months stay within 90 days.
Second, customs quarantine
Since July 1, 2006, the pull side implementation of the new immigration reporting system to carry cash. Where more than 10,000 euros in cash to carry out the customs border by the European Union should be declared, here referred to cash, including bank notes, coins, checks, promissory notes and other financial instruments.
Latvian Customs prohibited the following items:
• a variety of military weapons and spare parts, ammunition, explosives and similar articles, special chemicals and the use of tools (except tear gas cylinder cans);
• powder guns, shotguns, gas pistols (revolvers) and ammunition. Latvia Ministry of the Interior National Police Administration approval to carry those who leave the exception, Tel :00371 -67,075,258;
• opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana and other addictive drugs, psychotropic substances, the State Department approved medical leave to carry those exceptions, Tel :00371 -67,507,252;
• a variety of pornography;
Third, the residence for naturalization
More stringent immigration policy in Latvia, foreigners can invest, employment, learning and marriage, etc. to obtain a permanent residence permit or pull on a regular basis. See “Latvian immigration laws.”
1, nationality and immigration policies:
• Latin Latvian citizens do not recognize dual nationality. If under the relevant national law, citizens were also identified as pulling the country’s citizens, but is still recognized as legally pull pull citizens.
• both parents are Chinese citizens, even if born in the pull, I pull at birth and can not get citizenship, I need to apply for a Chinese embassy in La passport, residence permit and then pull the handle.
Everyone according to his will, through the naturalization of the procedures to obtain citizenship of the Republic of Latvia. Legally registered in the pull and meet the following conditions may apply Jiaru La nationality:
• Since May 4, 1990 to the date of submission of application for naturalization, to settle in the pull of not less than 5 years (after 1 July 1992 the applicant arrived in La settled, five-year period to obtain residence permits from the beginning from the date of calculation) persons;
• master the Latvian language;
• understand the “Constitution of the Republic of Latvia” and “natural and civil rights and obligations of the Basic Law”;
• Understand the Latvian national anthem and history;
• there is a legitimate source of income;
• swear allegiance to Latvia;
• who have renounced nationality and country of nationality in accordance with the law made before the return loss of nationality, citizenship certificate or proof of persons;
• not in the “Nationality Law” Article 11 limits the list of those.
Parent to pull citizens, other foreigners, I was born, meet the following conditions have pulled nationality:
• I was born in Latvia
Parents is a Latvian citizen, born in the pull may apply for and obtain Latvian citizenship;
Parent Latvia and Africa passport holders, their children born in Latin may apply for and obtain Latvia and Africa passport. However, the application should be submitted issued by the embassies of the children did not join the nationality certificate.
• I was born in a foreign country
Both of their parents or live with the party in settlement of its birth in Latvia.
Jia Rula nationality provisions to be adopted by the Latvian government level test. Achieve proficiency in Latvian standards:
• be able to fully understand the nature of social and official information;
• fluent talk, talk and answer questions daily life;
• read fluently and understand the daily life of any description, tips, and other social aspects of the text;
• a written reply to the Committee’s examination of daily life issues;
• access to educational institutions in Latvia in early, middle and high education are exempt pull language test.
See “Latvian nationality.”
2, foreign residence policy and related procedures:
Bid documents shall be required to pull a residence permit to the applicant personally pull the overseas diplomatic or consular representative bodies to submit. In the pull aliens residence permit extension of the bid documents should pull Nationality and Immigration Affairs Office of the submission.
How to apply for residence permit:
Residence permits of foreigners in the Republic of Latvia is authorized period of residence (temporary residence permit) or permanent residence (permanent residence) of the file. To work in Latin, students who must apply for a residence permit before arriving pull.
Before submitting the relevant documents, shall pull to the side invited Latvia Office of Citizenship and Immigration approval invitations, pulling track will approve immigration approval number issued to embassies, embassy residence visas issued pursuant to numbers.
Apply for a residence permit shall be transmitted to the Republic of Latvia basic documents:
• valid travel document;
• residence permit application form samples;
• two recent passport photos;
• X-ray fluorescence or proved;
• Civil affairs agencies or host country (for foreigners over 14 years old) issued no criminal record;
• a capacity to sustain livelihoods documents;
• place of residence in the Republic of Latvia to be supporting documents;
• have paid the state tax documents;
• service agreements or contracts or herbal companies;
Foreigners must apply for a residence permit required documents submitted by me to the Latvian embassies and consulates abroad. Foreigners have the right to Latvian, English, French, Russian and German residence permit application documents submitted. Documents issued abroad must be based on 5 October 1961 signed the “Hague Convention” oversight provisions are permitted by law or that, except as otherwise provided in international agreements. With the capacity to sustain livelihoods documents and proof of payment of state taxes from the date of issue within three months effective; in addition to the Registry files, court, files, records and proof of education beyond that, letters and other documents from the issuing of within 6 months from the date of effective.
Special Note: issued by domestic notary’s birth certificate, proof of no criminal certificate in English, should be sent to the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs for certification, to the Latvian Embassy in certification before use in pull. Do not pull directly to the original certificate to use, I pulled in at the embassy can not be issued for domestic notary public certificate for authentication.
Reference website: www.pmlp.gov.lv
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned the agency certified by:
* China Travel Service, Dongjiaominxiang 11, Tel :010 -65,593,748;
* Changhong Bridge Agency, Dongjiaominxiang 13, Tel: 010-65265278;
State taxes and visa fee must be paid before the submission of appropriate documentation;
Visa fee –30 LVL (480 RMB);
Invitation (invitation) related tax -10 lats (160 RMB);
Review of tax residence permit application documents:
– Citizenship and Immigration Office after receipt of the documents within 30 working days – 70 LVL (1120 RMB);
– Citizenship and Immigration Office after receipt of the documents within 10 working days – 120 LVL (1920 RMB);
– Citizenship and Immigration Office after receipt of the documents within 5 working days – 170 LVL (2720 RMB);
Be approved by the Office of Citizenship and Immigration, the foreigner shall be valid for 30 days to apply the long-term visa. Arrived in the Republic of Latvia, the alien shall be in person at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Foreigners Service Centre or regional offices to receive a residence permit.
Necessary, the responsible officials have the right to ask for additional information and documentation.
1, more information, see the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Home www.am.gov.lv / en, and the Republic of Latvia Citizenship and Immigration Office Home www.pmlp.gov.lv / en
2, Latvia has a Service Center for Foreigners, receiving a residence permit and visa applications, inquiries and complaints.
Address: 1 J. Alunana Street, Riga
Tel :00371 -67,219,639
Information Tel :00371 -67612167 \ 67602136
3, LATVJAS INSTITUTS, the Latvian Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate information on Latvia’s overseas information. The Institute published in several languages (including Chinese) publication, the content covers a variety of areas.
Address: Elizabetes iela, 57, Riga, LV 1050, Latvia;
Tel: (00371) 6750-3663;
Fax: (00371) 6750-3669;
The free copy of the information, distribution and references, only the data from the Latvian Institute, please specify. .
4, pull the Ministry of Interior National Police Administration of a 24-hour hotline, contact:
Viktors Klinge Major, phone 00371-29511718 (24-hour English hotline);
Andris Smocs commander, Tel :00371 -67219811, Mobile 00371-29544415 (Latin, Russian and basic English);
24 hours a day Tel :00371 -67,219,931 (Latin, Russian), Fax :00371 -67,519,903;
5, Latvia Tourism Bureau: latviatourism.lv / info.php;
6, the Latvian government: www.mk.gov.lv/en/;
7, the Ministry of Welfare of Latvia Labor Supervision Bureau (State Labor Inspection):
Address: K. Valdemara street38, Riga, LV-1010,
Tel: 00371 –67,021,704, Fax :00371 -67,021,718,
Free Information Tel: 68008004,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vdi.gov.lv.
8, La Hai Guan Department: Address: K. Valdemara 1a, Riga
Tel :00371 -67323858, Fax :00371 -6732244.
9, Riga International Airport: Tel :00371-1187 ,00371 -29,311,187,
10, translation and interpretation services: BALTIJA NS company, address RAINA 33-201, RIGA, phone 67210046; LINGVA SERVISS company, address GLEZNOTAJU 5, RIGA, telephone 67228993.
11, the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Immigration:
Address: Ciekurkalna 1, linija 1, K-3 Rīga LV-1026, Latvia,
Website: www.pmlp.gov.lv / en.
Fourth, customs and taboos
Latvia important festivals are:
New Year, January 1;
Easter, the end of March early April;
Lige Festival (Summer Solstice Festival), June 23 (LIGO) and Yani Si Festival, June 24 (JANIS);
Independence Day (National Day), November 18;
Christmas Day, December 25;
There are important anniversaries: the anniversary of the victims of World War II, May 8;
Anniversary of national hero and national defender, November 11.
Hockey is the national sport pull, pull in May 2006 Riga hosted the World Ice Hockey Championships.
Latvian introverted, reserved. Reticent man, women in social and family occupy an important position.
Latvian immigrants; Latvian legal description:
From July 1, 2010, the Latvian immigration laws, changes, through, as follows:
Buying property in Latvia, or deposits of foreigners, can immediately be valid for five years to the Schengen residence permit, the permit holder, spouse and not more than 18 years of age, free access to 25 to stay within the Schengen countries. Requirements:
In the capital Riga and other major cities, buying real estate, take the amount of not less than 10 million lats (about 140 million yuan)
Outside the major cities to buy real estate, take the amount of not less than 50 000 lats (about 70 million yuan).
5-year bank deposits and time deposits in Latvia, 30 million euros, or $ 400,000
Background of the applicant property, does not require restrictions;
Approval of speed, only 1-3 months;
For the first time, will give five-year residence visa in Europe, five years later, you can sign or apply for permanent residence again postponed;
Latvian real estate market value is vast, and the applicant the possibility of loss of money is low;
Countries covered by more than a total of 25 Schengen countries, in all the Schengen countries and stay out of any.
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