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My wife and I are citizens of Kyrgyzstan, we live in Latvia on the basis of a permanent residence permit. Recently we were granted guardianship over a minor child – a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, we have a relevant decision of the Kyrgyz court. Can a child obtain a residence permit in Latvia?

28.02.2020 Karina Katz, lawyer

Latvian Immigration Law does not provide special grounds for such cases. If it were a question of adoption, then everything would be easier – a child could receive a residence permit in Latvia based on family reunion – as if he were your biological child. Given the specifics of this case, we would advise contacting the Head of the Department of Citizenship and Migration Affairs with a written request to provide the child with a residence permit for humane reasons.

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