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I have a residence permit in Latvia based on the purchase of real estate. My wife is a Russian citizen. Can my spouse get a residence permit on the basis of family reunification, taking into consideration that the issuance of residence permits to Russian citizens is now suspended?

21.07.2022 Karina Katz, lawyer

Yes, your spouse can apply for a residence permit on the basis of family reunification. Amendments to the Immigration Law of Latvia at the moment do not really allow Russians to apply for a residence permit, but this prohibition applies to part 1 of Article 23 of the Immigration Law (which specifies all the basis for applying for a residence permit – from employment to investment), but it does NOT apply to part 4 of this article, which deals with family reunification. Thus, a Russian citizen cannot obtain a primary residence permit as an investor, employee, student, member of the board, etc., but it is possible to obtain as a spouse of the holder of a valid residence permit.

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