Residence permit can be also obtained by foreigners who own real estate in Riga and its surroundings or republican cities to the total amount of no less than 100 hundred lats or no less than 50 thousand lats if the property is located in other region.
A residence permit is required if a foreign national or a stateless person wishes to reside in the Republic of Latvia for more than 90 days within a 6-month period.
The actual number of granted residence permits has decreased relative to the projected number. The projections took into consideration the anticipated introduction of identification cards. With the introduction of identification cards all foreign nationals residing in the Republic of Latvia would have received such a card. Since the identification cards were never introduced the actual number of granted residence permits is significantly lower than the projected number. Requirements