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In accordance with the regulatory enactments adopted in Latvia in an emergency situation, the term of validity of decisions, permits and other documents issued by Latvian institutions is extended for a period of up to three months after the end of the emergency situation (June 9, 2020). Does this mean that in case if the term specified in the decision of the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs for receiving a residence permit ID card in Latvia has expired during an emergency situation, it is necessary to receive a residence permit ID card no later than September 9, 2020?

07.09.2020 Irina Stromberga, lawyer

In accordance with the Law on the Management of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection, which was adopted by the Latvian Saeima on 05.06.2020. and which entered into force on 10.06.2020, upon examining the matter of granting, registering or annulling the permanent residence permit, absence from the Republic of Latvia during the period from 12 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 shall be considered justified (Section 32, Paragraph 41). Likewise, the period between 12 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 shall not be included in the term of validity of the decision on the issuing or registration of a residence permit (Section 32, Paragraph 5).

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