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Latvian citizenship provided to 64 more people this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 26 September, the Cabinet of Ministers issued an order to provide Latvian citizenship to 64 people, including three underage youths, who went through naturalization with their parents.

60% of applicants were Russian nationals, 9% were Ukrainian, and 14% were Belarusian. There were also applicants from Lithuania, Poland and other countries.

21% of applicants have primary education, 36% have secondary education, and 40% – higher education.

Now applicants have to wait for a notification from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, which will contain information about the provision of Latvian citizenship to them and opportunities to receive the passport of a Latvian citizen.

OCMA reminds that issue of Latvian citizenship changes a person’s legal status. It also means a person’s previous passport becomes invalid for use in the country and for travel to other countries.

The process of naturalization has so far provided Latvian citizenship to 145,165 people: 984 in 1995; 3,-16 in 1996; 2,992 in 1997; 4,439 in 1998; 12,427 in 1999; 14,900 in 2000; 10,637 in 2001; 9,844 in 2002; 10,049 in 2003; 16,064 in 2004; 19,169 in 2005; 16,439 in 2006; 6,826 in 2007; 3,004 in 2008; 2,080 in 2009; 2,336 in 2010; 2,667 in 2011; 2,213 in 2012; 1,732 in 2013; 939 in 2014; 971 in 2015; 987 in 2016; 650 in 2017.

To become a Latvian citizen through naturalization, a person should turn to the nearest OCMA branch regardless of their place of residence. Latvian citizenship is provided to people who have proven their Latvian language proficiency and have successfully passed exams on knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian anthem and Latvia’s history.


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