Employment in Latvia

2019 | 07 | 03 3815

This country attracts not only migrant workers, but also those who consider Europe for permanent residence. In Latvia, it is easier for Ukrainians to adapt, since the language barrier is not the same as in English-speaking countries, and many locals speak Russian. As for the conditions of employment, they are not much different from those generally accepted in the EU.

Jobs and wages

In order to understand whether you can find a suitable job in Latvia and what salary to expect, we suggest you to get acquainted with approximate data on occupations common among migrants:


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The average salary in Latvia net of taxes is € 768 per month. Truckers, engineers, and IT specialists will be able to find work there. As for unqualified professionals, you can get a nanny, nurse, waiter, porter or seller, as well as find a seasonal vacancy during the harvest season.

How to find a job

In short, the step-by-step employment instruction would look like this:

  • Find a job.
  • Get a work permit.
  • Contact the Latvian Embassy to open a work visa.
  • To issue a residence permit with the right of professional employment.

Independent search for vacancies is associated with certain risks. Without knowledge of the language and experience in Europe, it is easy to fall into the hands of unscrupulous job placement organizations. It is safer to monitor the base of specialized exchanges, for example, LINK. There you can find legal work from proven employers.

In Latvia, it is not so easy to hire a foreigner. The company is obliged to notify the State Employment Agency about it in order to get approval from them. Only after that the employer can send you a job offer, and you can start processing visa documents.

For the first time the residence permit is issued for a term of up to 1 year with the right of renewal. In the future, you can count on a permanent residence and obtaining Latvian citizenship.


To open a work visa to Latvia and a residence permit, you must collect the following documents:

  • Completed application forms for their receipt.
  • Valid international passport.
  • 3 photos format 3,5x4,5 cm.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Certificate of good conduct.

Confirmation that you will have a place to live in Latvia (own property or rental agreement).
A copy of the employment contract with the employer and an invitation from him.
Review documents up to 30 business days. You will also need to pay a visa fee of 61 €.

Advice for those who want to live and work in Latvia

Emigration is a serious step. And while you have not done it, it is better to make sure that you are on the right track.

Understanding whether a country is suitable for you to live is really simple. You can make a tourist visit. And from there even go on a small journey through the Schengen zone. It is important to feel whether you will be comfortable in another country. Especially if the plans are not only work, but also the purchase of real estate and permanent residence.

Explore the city center, where you want to find work and estimated areas of residence. Think over possible routes, because you have to get to your company daily.

Try to start learning the language. Although in Latvia they understand Russian, qualified specialists are required to know Latvian. If in the future you want to get more, then this will serve as an excellent motivation. Constant practice in the language environment will speed up your learning in a natural way.

Temporarily living in Latvia and making sure that this is your country, you can begin to process the documents. Now - just go!

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