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RSU students who are citizens of EU/EEA countries have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of Latvia. Thus, immigration procedures are not compulsory as long as you leave the territory of Latvia once in every 3 months. Most RSU international students do exactly that because of summer breaks, holidays, exam periods, etc. However, to receive diploma and in some other specific situations, registration is necessary, for instance, when/if opening a bank account in Latvia. If this is the case, please see the 5 steps below or visit RSU Immigration Officers.



Registration Certificate sampleID Card sample
Getting your registration card is fairly easy: all you have to do is take a few steps as described below.
STEP 1: Make an appointment and go to OCMA

All services at the OCMA can be received by prearranged appointment only. You are requested to call the Office you wish to go to on weekdays from 8:00 to 20:00. The phone numbers and addresses of the Offices are listed below:

  • Riga 3 division. Eduarda Smiļģa iela 46 (close to RSU Student Hostel), +371 67 609 957
  • Riga 2 division. Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 26 (Centre), +371 67 209 443
  • Riga 1 division. Čiekurkalna 1. līnija 1,  Block 3, +371 67 829 750

When planning the appointment time, please take into account that the OCMA located at 1 Čiekurkalna 1. līnija is further away from the city centre and it takes approximately 30 minutes from the Old Town and 50 minutes from RSU to get there.

STEP 2: Submit all the necessary documents to OCMA

In order to apply for the Registration Card, you must submit the following documents to the OCMA:

  • PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO (glued to the form – Page 1, top right corner)
  • STUDY AGREEMENT (original and copy)
  • PASSPORT/ID card (original and copy)
  • HEALTH INSURANCE (original and a copy). The health insurance has to be an internationally recognised policy and:
    • Be valid in Latvia and Schengen Area for at least one year
      Compensation of a minimum of EUR 43 000 (health related expenses)
      Cover repatriation expenses to the country of origin
Four weeks after submitting all the documents, your Registration Card will be ready. To receive it you will need another appointment, so make the appointment when you submit your documents.
You can also order a Latvian ID card instead of the Registration Card if you want to. There is no real difference between having either one of the documents, however, you receive the Registration Card free of charge, whereas the ID card costs EUR 14.23. The Immigration Office usually offers to choose between the two documents. Should you wish to get the ID card, you will have your fingerprints and your picture taken at the Immigration Office.
STEP 3: Get your Registration Card/ID Card

To receive your Registration Card/ID Card two weeks after you submitted all the documents to the OCMA, you have to:

  • arrange another appointment, unless you have done so at Step 2.
  • take your passport with you, and
  • go to OCMA.

Get your Registration Card/ID Card and declare your address (Step 4)!

STEP 4: Declare your address

You have an obligation to declare your place of residence (address) in Latvia within one month after receiving the Registration Card. Declare your address at the OCMA during the appointment when you receive your Registration Card. This service costs EUR 4.27.

At the OCMA you cannot make payments in cash, as only bank cards are accepted.
For more information please view the OCMA article DECLARATION OF RESIDENCE PLACE.
STEP 5: Bring your Registration Card/ID Card to RSU Immigration Office (K-218)

Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Immigration Officer must have the following information about you:

  • registration card/ID card
  • health insurance (copy)
  • place of residence in Riga (address)
  • phone number
  • passport (copy)


What do I have to do if my Latvian ID Card has expired?

You have to make an appointment with OCMA office and go through the immigration procedure once more.

What to do in the case of loss of Registration Card/ID Card?

In order to inform about the loss of the personal certificate and process an application for obtaining a new personal certificate, you must be physically present when turning to the division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) or the diplomatic service of the Republic of Latvia in foreign countries.

What’s the difference between Registration Card and ID Card?
  • Registration Card is an A5 paper sheet which alongside personal information also states Your address.  Registration card does not expire, but if You change Your declared address registration card hast to be re-made.
  • Latvian ID card is made from plastic and expires in 5 or 10 years. It does not need to be re-made if the declared address has changed.
About what do I have to inform OCMA?

Once You have made the Registration Card/ID Card You are obliged to inform OCMA office If You have changed Your declared address or Your countries passport. In failure to cooperate person can be penalized up to EUR 500.