Obstacles to hiring international talent removed

Dec 12, 2019

On Tuesday, December 10, the Cabinet of Ministers supported the removal of several bureaucratic obstacles to hiring international talent. We would like to thank and congratulate our Labor working group, and especially, Irina Kostina (Ellex Klavins) who contributed to the positive outcome of these long-awaited amendments!

According to the Interior Ministry, the amendments are meant to mitigate the negative impact of a local labor shortages rather than allow the import of cheap foreign labor to undercut local workers.

In particular, the amendments abolish the requirement to publish a vacancy in case prospective employee from a third country has been employed in Latvia for two years, or has been employed by the given employer and the employer wishes to employ him or her in another job.

The amendments also abolish the requirement for employers to publish a vacancy in case a foreign student has been employed by the employer and wishes to continue work for the same employer after graduation.
The amendments allow foreigners to submit documents for the registration of a residence permit electronically, confirming the application with a secure electronic signature. This will ease the administrative burden for both foreign employees and the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. Currently, all documents must be submitted in person.

The amendments provide that third-country citizens invited to do unskilled jobs in Latvia do not have to submit documents certifying qualification or experience. Employers have often pointed to this obstacle, noting that employees in such jobs do not require a specific level of education or prior experience.
For more information click here (in Latvian).
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