Considerable interest observed by Russian citizens wishing to leave the country at Latvian Embassy in Moscow - Foreign Ministry

Published date20 May 2022
Publication titleLETA

RIGA, May 20 (LETA) - Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Latvian Embassy in Moscow has seen great interest from Russian citizens in leaving Russia, Foreign Ministry spokesman Janis Bekeris told LETA.

He explained that despite the amendments to the Immigration Law, which suspends the issuance of certain categories of first-time temporary residence permits to Russian citizens until June 30, 2023, the number of applications for residence permits accepted at the embassy and forwarded to the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs is increasing, especially from Russian citizens - returnees, family reunification with Latvian citizens and European Union Blue Card recipients.

lso, according to the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, interest in acquiring Latvian citizenship has increased. With the suspension of visa applications for Russian citizens, except in humanitarian cases, the number of visa applications accepted at the embassy has decreased significantly.

The number of consular services has also increased due to the closure of the Latvian consulates in St. Petersburg and Pskov, and there is a particularly high demand from those who had previously...

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