Do you live in US, Australia, Brazil or some other country, have Latvian ancestors and wish to have the opportunity to live, work or study in Europe? You might be able to get a Latvian citizenship.
Latvian citizenship can give you and your family a number of other actual benefits, besides restoring the citizenship of the country of your ancestors.
Here are top 10 benefits that Latvian dual citizenship can give you:
1. Right to live in EU EFTA countries
Latvia has been part of the EU for 15 years already. It means that Latvian dual citizenship will allow you to live in 28 countries of EU and EFTA.
2. Right to work in EU and EFTA countries
With dual Latvian citizenship, you can work freely in all EU member states, not only in Latvia.
3. Possibility to get a high-quality education in Europe
When deciding to move to Europe - one of the benefits that many people take into account is that their children can take advantage of the European education system. Latvian citizenship allows your family to benefit from a world-class educational system of EU and EFTA countries. For example, a tuition fee for medical studies in the US is $20,000-40,000 per year, but medical studies are free in Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and many other European countries. The variation in cost is not based on differences in quality - each country of the European Union has its own approach to setting fees for its students. Your children should look around Europe to see which option suits them best, since all students of EU countries are treated equally and pay the same fees (or, rather often, do not have to pay them).
4. Avoiding Strict Visa Requirements
With dual citizenship, you are protected by two governments. You can appeal to one or both governments' embassies if any problem occurs when you travel. With Latvian passport, you will be able to travel without a visa to almost all European, North and South American countries as well as Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and a number of Asian and African countries. In case Latvia does not have an embassy in a country where you travel, you would be able to get help from an embassy of any other EU country, since EU countries have a legal agreement to help each others citizens, in case an embassy of the their own country is absent.
5. EU healthcare system
If you are a citizen of Latvia, you have access to world-class healthcare systems of a number of the EU countries free of charge or at highly subsidized rates.
With Latvian citizenship, therefore EU citizenship, when visiting any EU country for short periods you can receive basic and emergency care with a European Health Insurance Card. It means that with a Latvian passport, if you unexpectedly have health problems during your stay in another state of the EU or Switzerland - whether on holiday, a business trip or for a study - you will be entitled to any medical care that can't wait until you get home. You have the same rights to health treatment as people in the EU country you are in.
6. Latvian and EU citizenship for your children
If you have Latvian citizenship, your children can get Latvian citizenship automatically or get the rights of EU citizens and would also be able to keep other citizenship, if they acquire them by birth. By obtaining Latvian citizenship you are getting citizenship not only for yourself but also for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. This is a great opportunity for your family and future generations.
7. Residence permit in EU for your spouse
When restoring your Latvian citizenship your family gets several benefits and one of the main benefits is the right to live and work for your spouse in most of the EU countries. After living in EU for some time, your spouse will be able to get a permanent residence and, eventually, a citizenship.
8. Run a business in EU
With Latvian citizenship, it will be much easier to start a business in any EU country on the same basis as EU citizens. EU citizenship will also help if plan to establish a branch of your current business in Europe.
9. Boost your career by having EU citizenship
It is not a secret that Latvian citizenship gives you lots of opportunities to boost your career.
Try to consider the possibility to boost your career, to grow professionally, overcome challenges and gain new experience with EU citizenship. Building your career in EU countries might be a great option for you. Latvian citizenship gives you the opportunity to live and work in the countries of European Union without a need for residence and work permits, as European citizens can live anywhere in the EU and EEA countries (i.e. Norway, Switzerland and Iceland).
10. Beautiful Country with traditions and customs
Latvia has many wonderful places to live, travel and raise your faily. Most of Latvia is an undiscovered wonderland of medieval castles, pristine forests, and centuries-old buildings in all sorts of styles. Latvia is a wonderful place to live and enjoy life.