"I have repeatedly stated that I don't like parliamentary practice, when the third or the second reading urgently introduced very significant amendments, which does not allow neither the experts nor the lawyers of the Seimas, nor other interested parties to evaluate proposals," — said Vejonis, commenting on controversial amendments to the law "On immigration".
The President also noted that the adopted April 21, amendments to the law "On immigration" while have not reached before him, but received a letter against the proclamation of this bill.
Usually the assessment of changes in the legislation gives the experts. With regard to their opinions and the decision to proclaim the law or send it on repeated consideration in the diet.
As previously wrote the portal DELFI, in the adopted by Parliament law not only stipulates tougher requirements for applicants for temporary residence permit (residence permit), but is introduced duty in the amount of 5000 Euro at a five-year extension of term residence permit.
The Commission on defense, internal Affairs and corruption prevention rejected the amendment proposed by the Deputy from sacs Edgars Potray. However, the vote in Parliament a clause according to which each holder of a residence permit will have to pay 5,000 euros in the extension of the term (i.e. every five years) again appeared in the bill and was adopted by the deputies. The original idea of the fee for extension of residence permit put forward Imants Paradnieks (National Association), which wanted to set its size to 10 000 euros.
During the meeting of April 21, Edgar Putra said that now the residence permit is renewed automatically and free of charge, however Management on Affairs of citizenship and migration, this means certain costs. According to estimates Putra, in the case that about 60% of the holders of the residence permit may be willing to extend to pay conditions, will be able to collect about 5 million euros. This amount will be spent on the program of the first housing for residents of Latvia.
These requirements caused the legitimate grievances of those who move to Latvia, having received a residence permit in exchange for investments.
In the new edition of the law, the Cabinet of Ministers is authorised to assess the impact of issuing residence permits (permit) for national security or economic development and in some cases to apply restrictions for a time, but not longer than five years. Criteria are the number of third country nationals in Latvia or at a concentration in a particular area. The Cabinet of Ministers is entitled to make rules about what citizens of third countries and on what time permits for temporary residence limited.
Now the law also provides that a foreign national can obtain a residence permit on the basis of the purchase of two properties (excluding undeveloped land) outside Riga, Jurmala, ādaži, babīte, Baldone, Carnikava, Garkalne, Ikskile, Kekava, Marupe, Olaine, Ropazi, Salaspils, Saulkrasti or Stupinskogo region with a total value of not less than 250 thousand Euro. Thereby changed the rate, which had previously stipulated that, outside of the cities and territories, the alien can have only one object worth at least 250 thousand Euro.The cadastral value of the object at the time of purchase shall be not less than 80 thousand Euro. If two properties are purchased outside of these cities and territories, the cadastral value of each object shall be not less than 40 thousand euros. If the cadastral value is lower, then the market value of the acquired property shall be not less than 250 thousand Euro if purchased two objects, then the market value of each of them must be at least 125 thousand euros. The market value must be confirmed by the conclusion of a certified appraiser.
In addition, changed the order in which henceforth it will be possible to obtain a residence permit for investing in the company with capital. Now to obtain a residence permit so it will be necessary to transfer the fee to the state budget in the amount of 10 thousand euros. One of the options envisages the possibility of investing in a company with capital of 50 thousand euros, if the company employs up to 50 employees and its annual turnover or balance sheet does not exceed EUR 10 million. In this case, the residence permit will be granted no more than 10 foreigners, if each of them will make the attachment to a set amount and will pay to the state budget 10 thousand euros.
Under the second option, if the company employs more than 50 employees and an annual balance sheet exceeds 10 million EUR, in fixed capital should be invest at least 100 thousand euros. Also 100 thousand euros will be invested in the fixed capital of the company with one or more subsidiaries, registered in Latvia, which employed more than 50 employees and total annual turnover or balance sheet of more than EUR 10 million.
The law also includes a provision on the minimum tax contributions to the state or municipal budget, is if the investment in the fixed capital of the enterprises. The amount of the tax assessments should be from 40 thousand to 100 thousand Euro per year depending on which attachments were made.
Also the law includes a provision that will allow the adoption of decisions on granting a residence permit to use the information provided by the military intelligence and security, for instance, is the alien a threat to national security.
In the previous edition of the act responsible organizations, on the basis of information which it was possible to make the relevant decisions were given by the security Police, the Bureau for the protection of the Constitution, the state police and similar services abroad. Now this list is supplemented by the military intelligence and security.
The law also now provides that the residence permit issued to a foreigner, can be canceled, if the tax debt exceeds 150 euros.
Amendments approved by the Parliament today, will come into force on 1 July 2016.