Latvia has been one of the top destinations for business investments. Owing to a lot of reasons such as a well-developed infrastructure, highly skilled workforce and so on, businessmen have used the Latvia business visa to take part in business visits in the country.
To perform business in Latvia, people from most countries would require a permit. Nationals of other Schengen countries and the visa-exempt nations can enter freely and stay in the country for 90 days. The Latvia Schengen business visa is issued as single-entry, double-entry, or even multiple-entries and is valid for a duration of up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
The process of applying for the business permit is done using an online application form. However, document submission has to be done in person. Before starting the process, you must ensure that you meet all the eligibility conditions for this particular category. Following this, you can proceed to make the application as follows-
Please note that in case you have already submitted your biometrics for a Schengen visa in the past 5 years, the same data can be copied and you do not have to submit them again. Also, ensure that you submit only genuine documents. Submission of fake documents or false information can lead to automatic visa rejection.
To be able to apply for this category, you must be eligible for it. If you are not eligible for this category, you must not make an application as this can lead to a visa refusal which can affect your future travel. The following are the conditions you must satisfy -
As per the requirements, the following are the list of documents you must carry to the appointment centre. You must carry only originals of these documents.
Financial documents such as bank statements of the past 3 months, Passbook copy, ITR, etc.
The time taken to process this Schengen permit is dependent on a number of factors that include the number of entries, stay duration, the volume of applications at the embassy, your previous travel history, and so on. In normal cases, it takes around 15 days for the processing. However, this can increase significantly depending on the factors mentioned. As a result, you must apply well in advance.
The fees for the permit depends on the number of entries, the biometric charges, as well as other service charges. They can also vary depending upon the foreign exchange rates. The embassy can change the fees without prior notice. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting your application.
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Post submission, the application is sent to the embassy for processing. Even if you submit at a VAC, they have absolutely no power over the processing. The processing is done solely by the embassy. If your application has been approved and stamped, you may collect it from the VAC in person. You may also have it delivered to you via mail for an additional charge.
You may check the status of your application while you wait for a response from the embassy. You can do this by visiting https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-PassportTracking and entering the reference number and your date of birth. You may also contact the travel agency you have applied through.
Once you are in possession of the business permit, you must keep in mind the following points,
You cannot extend your Latvian business permit in most cases. Being a form of the Schengen, these are considered as non-extendable. However, in certain extreme cases such as a Force Majeure, or other unfavourable conditions that do not allow you to return to your home country, you may be granted with an extension.
After expiring your business permit, you cannot stay any longer in the country. In fact, you must leave Latvia before the date of expiry. Staying back after this period is considered as an offence and can lead to deportation. In certain cases, you may even be banned from re-entry into the Schengen region.
Since this is a Schengen short term category, there are no mandatory medical test requirements. However, you must still submit travel insurance. It is recommended that you get a medical test done before travelling to a new country, to ensure your safety and those living in Latvia.
No, you cannot convert your Latvian business permit into a work permit. You are also not allowed to work while you are on this. If you do require to work, you must apply for a Latvian work permit once you return back to your home country. In all other cases, you must leave the country upon expiry.
Yes, you are allowed to visit and perform business activities in any of the Schengen countries. However, if you have an LTV type of the Latvia business visa, you can only visit the state(s) mentioned in your visa sticker. Not all European countries are a part of the Schengen. As a result, you cannot visit the European countries that are not a part of the Schengen with this visa. For eg:- Turkey is a European country that is not Schengen. In this case, you cannot visit Turkey with a Schengen. You will need a Turkish visa.