The following persons are entitled to receive the family state benefit and the supplement to the family state benefit for a disabled child: citizens, non-citizens of Latvia, foreigners, and stateless persons living in Latvia who have received a personal identity number.
The benefit is not granted to persons who have received a temporary residence permit.
The family state benefit and supplement to the family state benefit for a disabled child is granted in accordance with Section 6 of the Law on State Social Allowances and Cabinet Regulation No. 1517 Regulations Regarding the Amount of the Family State Benefit and the Supplement to the Family State Benefit for a Disabled Child, the Review Procedure Thereof, and the Procedures for Granting and Payment of the Benefit and Supplement.
The family state benefit is granted to:
- one of the child’s parents;
- guardian or adopter;
- actual raiser of the child who has been established by the court’s decision;
- the child him or her-self after the age of 18 years if prior to that he or she has been under guardianship.
The benefit is granted for each child raised in the family from when the child becomes one year old until the age of 15.
If the child after reaching the age of 15 years continues to study in a general or professional education institution and does not receive scholarship then the benefit is paid until the age of 19 years (if he or she has not entered into marriage).
For a disabled child who has not reached the age of 18 years a supplement to the family state benefit is granted. The right for this supplement to a person who raises a disabled child is from the day of establishment of the status of a disabled child until the day when the disabled child reaches the age of 18 years, regardless of the payment of the family state benefit.
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
When the child reaches the age of 15 years as well as further on information about the child (given name, surname, personal identity number, educational institution, grade) is submitted to the VSAA by the Ministry of Education and Science in electronic form.
If the child studies abroad, the applicant for the family state benefit must submit a certification from the foreign educational institution to the SSIA. The submitted document from the foreign educational institution must contain information that allows to unmistakably conclude that the person for whom it has been issued studies in the general or professional education institution in the said period of time and does not receive scholarship.
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.
Information about a disabled child is submitted to the VSAA by the State Medical Commission for Expert-Examinations of Health and Working Ability in electronic form.
If the applicant for the benefit and the supplement is a guardian or a person who actually raises the childthen the information about establishment of the guardianship or payment of the benefit to a person who actually raises the child is submitted to the VSAA by the orphan’s court that made the decision on establishment of the guardianship or payment of the benefit to the person who actually raises the child.
If the applicant for the benefit and the supplement is an adopter information about confirmation of adoption is submitted to the VSAA by the court.An authorized person can also apply for the benefit if he or she has formalized the representation rights in accordance with Section 38, Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of the natural person is formalized with a notarized letter of attorney, also natural person can authorize his or her representative in the institution (VSAA) by both the representative and the authorizing person arriving to the institution in person.
The rates of the benefits
The benefit for the first child in the family is 11.38 euro a month. The benefit for the second child is 22.76 euro (twice the amount), for the third and any next child – 34.14 euro (three times the amount for the first child).
For example, if there are four children in the family, for whom a state family benefit is granted and received, the recipient receives 102.42 euro a month, namely:
- 11.38 euro for the first child
- 22.76 euro (11.38 euro x 2) for the second child
- 34.14 euro (11.38 euro x 3) for the third child
- 34.14 euro (11.38 euro x 3) for the fourth child
Supplement to the family state benefit for a disabled child is EUR 106,72.
Time for claiming
The application for granting of the family state benefit and the supplement must be submitted not later than within 12 months from the moment when the right is created. If the benefit is applied for later it is granted only for the previous 12 months prior to the application for the benefit.
Time for decision
The decision on granting of the benefit and the supplement is made within ten days after the department of VSAA has received all documents necessary for granting of the benefit.
Receipt of the benefit
The benefit is transferred to the account of a credit institution or postal account system stated by you.