Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria for Latvian citizenship by heritage

In general terms, you might be eligible to get Latvian citizenship by descent and keep existing citizenship if:


  • One of your parents, grandparents, or grand- grandparents were Latvian citizens prior to 1940

  • They withdrew or were exiled from Latvia during the 1940-1990 period


The application procedure requires having documents that prove your connection to the family member with Latvian heritage and proof that they withdrew or were exiled. We might be able to find documents in archives proving that your family member lived in Latvia before 1940.


If your ancestors left Latvia before 1940, you might still be able to apply for dual Latvian citizenship, but chances of restoring it are smaller.


We are ready to guide you through the application process. Feel free to contact us even if you do not have complete documentation, but you might be eligible for citizenship. In many cases, we are able to find missing documents in Latvian archives.