Foreigners might see easing of work permit requirement

Foreigners already working in Europe who need to spend time in Latvia as part of their employment would no longer need a work permit under a proposal by the Ministry of Welfare.

The ministry is preparing an amendment to the immigration law that would allow foreigners already legally working in a member state of the European Union, in the European Economic Zone or in Switzerland and whose employers assign them to work in Latvia to do so without a work permit.

For example, a citizen of Kazakhstan who already is staying and working in Lithuania, and whose employer sends them to Latvia, would no longer need a work permit in Latvia, the welfare ministry said in an Aug. 2 press release.

The amendment must still be submitted to the Saeima for consideration and passage.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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