The following persons are entitled to receive the child birth benefit: citizens, non-citizens of Latvia, foreigners, and stateless persons living in Latvia who have received a personal identification code.
The benefit is not granted to persons who have received a temporary residence permit.
The benefit is granted in accordance with Section 8 of the Law on State Social Allowances and the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 1546 “Regulations Regarding the Procedures for Granting and Payment of the Child Birth Benefit” as of 22.12.2009.
It is an extraordinary benefit. It is granted to:
- one of the parents for each child who has reached the age of 8 days and who has received the personal identification code;
- guardian if the child has been taken under guardianship until the age of one year.
The benefits’ claiming rules
Grounds for awarding the benefit:
- Application for receiving the benefit
An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):
- personally or as electronic document, in accordance with the legal regulation of the processing of the electronic documents;
- sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person's intermediation;
- submit in one of the customer service centers of the state or local governments, which have the cooperation agreements with SSIA.
The easiest way to do this by filling in an E-application to the state and local governments’ services portal www.latvija.lv
By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.
If the child was born abroad and the data on his/her birth is not available for SSIA, as well as the personal identification number is not assigned to the child, a copy of the document on registration of the birth fact of the child issued by a competent institution of the foreign country must be submitted together with the application and the original thereof must be presented (when applying for the benefit by post a notarized copy of this document must be annexed to the application).
When submitting documents issued in foreign countries, they have to be formatted accordingly to the rules of document validation. If the document has been issued in a foreign language, a translation of the document might be necessary.
If the benefit applicant is a guardian then information about establishing of guardianship will be submitted to the SSIA by the orphan’s court that made the decision on establishment of guardianship.
No identification is required when submitting an application at a VSAA office. However, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Law, upon issuing personal information pertaining to a particular person, VSAA may request and the person is obliged to produce a personal identification document.
The benefit may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.
The rates of the benefits
The child birth benefit is EUR 421,17 for each child.
Time for claiming
The benefit can be applied for within one year after the eight day of life of the child or the day of establishment of guardianship if the child has been taken under guardianship until the age of one year. If this term is exceeded unfortunately the benefit is not paid.
Time for decision
The decision on granting the benefit will be taken within ten days after the VSAA office has received all documents that are necessary for granting the benefit.
Receipt of the benefit
The benefit is transferred to the account of a credit institution or postal account system stated by you.