RIGA - The Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) has sent information letters to 24,505 Russian citizens who are subject to the amendments to the Immigration Law, LETA was informed by the PMLP.
Amendments to the Immigration Law stipulate that those Russian citizens who were citizens of Latvia or non-citizens of Latvia before acquiring Russian citizenship and have since received permanent residence permits, in accordance with the Immigration Law, must submit documents to the PMLP for requesting the status of a permanent resident of the European Union, including a certificate, by September 1 of this year for successfully passing the national language exam.
It is expected that the document review time will be up to one year. While the documents are being examined, the residence permit previously issued to the person will be valid until a new permit is obtained.
"We invite these persons to submit the documents in time, so that this process runs smoothly and without unnecessary delays. It is especially important to remember that even if the person is subject to an exception of the state language test, all other documents must also be submitted, and they must be received by the administration by September 1 of this year," stressed the head of the PMLP Maira Roze.
It is important to take into account - if the application is not received by September 1, the permanent residence permit will lose its validity from September 2 and these persons will have to leave the territory of Latvia by December 2, 2023.