Residence permits for foreign investors

Rietumu was the first bank in Latvia to offer its customers full advisory services and support in obtaining the residence permit in Latvia. We help our customers to become EU residents since July 2010, when amendments to the Immigration Law of Latvia came into effect.

About 1000 investors and their family members have already become EU residents with support of Rietumu Bank.

The residence permit of the Republic of Latvia automatically guarantees free movement of persons within the Schengen area, currently consisting of 25 European countries.

Having fulfilled one of the below criteria, an investor may apply for the residence permit valid for the period of 5 years:

Placement of term deposit / acquisition of bonds Investment in real estate Business establishment
Amount: ≥ 300 000 EUR

Term ≥ 5 years

State duty: 25 000 EUR

Value of which is
≥ 250 000 EUR

Real estate cadastral value as of the purchase date should be ≥ 80 000 EUR,

State duty: 5% of real estate value

Investment amount ≥ 35 000 EUR
taxes per annum ≥ 40 000 EUR, employees ≤ 50, annual turnover or balance sheet ≤ 10m EUR

Or ≥ 150 000 EUR*
employees > 50, annual turnover or balance sheet > 10m EUR

* In case of purchase of Rietumu Bank’s preference shares only the nominal value of shares is considered

Fastest and easiest way to the residence permit
Real estate deals from our partner Apella
Invitation is required

Temporary residence permit will be available both for investors and their family members – spouses, underage children and persons that are under the surveillance/official care of such investors. Upon expiry of the term of residence permit investors and their family members are eligible to apply for the renewal.

Starting from 2 April 2012 upon obtaining a residence permit you will get an EU national ID card instead of the insert in your passport

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