Category: Latvia

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

EU Commission Proposes Advancing Visa Facilitation for Türkiye

The European Commission has presented a proposal to further streamline Schengen visa procedures for Türkiye. In a comprehensive report addressing the political, economic, and trade ties between the European Union and Türkiye, its emphasis is on the pivotal role of visa facilitation in fostering increased interactions between their people. Highlighting the necessity of finding common…
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EU Adapts Regulations for Acquiring Long-Term Resident Status

EU Adapts  Regulations for Acquiring Long-Term Resident Status

The European Union has recently amended its guidelines within the EU Long-Term Residents Directive, outlining the prerequisites for third-country nationals to obtain long-term resident status within member states. The proposed amendments include a more flexible approach to residency requirements, targeted integration measures, and enhanced intra-EU mobility. These changes are expected to benefit millions of third-country…
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Cyprus Sets Sights on Schengen Area Accession by 2024

Cyprus is gearing up for Schengen Area membership, eyeing 2024 as the pivotal year for its inclusion in the passport-free zone. A full-fledged member of the European Union since May 1, 2004, Cyprus has yet to secure a spot within the Schengen area. Highlighting the country’s foreign policy agenda for the upcoming year, Foreign Minister…
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EU to Allow Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of Kosovo With Serbian Passports

In April 2023, the  European Parliament granted visa-free entry to the Schengen zone to citizens of Kosovo beginning January 1, 2024. However, Kosovo citizens who possess passports issued by Serbian authorities, most of whom are Serbs, will not be able to travel to the Schengen area without a visa until they obtain valid and legal…
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EU Enlargement: Will The EU Welcome New Members?

The European Union’s Commission recently greenlit the 2023 Enlargement Package, offering a comprehensive evaluation of the advancements made by Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. Recommendations have been put forth for each country’s progression towards EU membership. The Commission has recommended granting Georgia the status of a candidate country, marking a significant step in its…
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