Survey

You are invited to Participate in a Latvian Emigrant and Diaspora Research Project. Researchers at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute and other researchers at the University of Latvia are implementing a wide ranging survey questionnaire among Latvians and Latvian citizens living abroad. The goal is to obtain multifaceted information, about those who emigrated during the past decades, as well as the wider diaspora Latvian community. The methodology and resulting information will serve to build a baseline for systematic gathering of information about the Latvian diaspora in the future. All Latvians, whether working, studying, or merely residing outside the Republic of Latvia are invited to fill out a survey questionnaire. To access the survey and additional information visit: www.migracija.lv.

SEPTEMBER 2014:

Film - Rocks In My Pockets

Until Thursday September 18 - Screenings of Signe Baumane's animated film Rocks In My Pockets, at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, New York, NY 10014. For viewing times visit: www.ifccenter.com. To read more about the film visit: www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com. and the page "Rocks In My Pockets" on Facebook: Facebook.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, Sep. 13 at 10:30 - Kursa Cup Games in Volleyball, at Priedainç NJ. Volleyball games with mixed teams. If you are alone (not with a team) don't worry or hesitate to come because the teams will be formed after 9:30 am. Party in the evening (with recorded music). Games will begin no later than 10:30 am. Next day have fun on the beach on the Jersey Shore. (As they say in the TV ads: "We're stronger than the storm!") For more information write Jânis Ìiga, home tel. (908) 272-4580, mobile tel. (908) 931-1228 or Aivars Bârs, tel. (862) 812-1067 or info@njkursa.com.
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Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Sep. 13 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. After the services there will be a social hour at the Shades of Green Pub & Restaurant, 125 East 15th Street (right next to Seafarer's - visit: www.ShadesOfGreenPub.com). For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Nacionâlâ Apvienîba Raivis Dzintars

Sunday Sep. 14, at 14:00 - Raivis Dzintars will speak (in Latvian) about Nacionâlâ apvienîba (the National Union political party of Latvia, at the DV House. R. Dzintars is co-chairman of Nacionâlâ apvienîba, member of the 11th Saeima (Parliament) and candidate in the elections for the 12th Saeima. Organized by the Nacionâlâ apv. support group of NY. For information contact Vilnis Vîksne, tel. (718) 220-8191. (NOTE: It was announced earlier that this event was to have taken place on Sat. Sep. 13.)

Klasiskā pēcpusdiena Daugavas Vanagi Emblçma

Saturday Sep. 20, at 15:00 - Clasical Music Afternoon in Honor ot the 40th Anniversary of the Opening of the DV House, at the DV House. Program: Cello concert by Elizabeth Kovalchuk and video screening of performances at the Latvian Folk Dance Festival. Lunch with pancakes, fruit preserves and other goodies. Admission by donation (suggested $20+) to benefit the upkeep of the DV House. Come yourself and bring your friends! After the program food and refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited. Elizabeth Kovalchuk has performed recitals in Moscow, Riga, Helsinki, Cremona (Italy), Toronto, Chicago and New York City. As an orchestral player, she has toured Canada and China. Elizabeth will depart in late September for a Broadway world tour performing Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Elizabeth received her musical training from Etobicoke School for the Arts, Chicago College of Performing Arts (B.M), the Sibelius Academy as well as Ball State University (M.M) where she was employed as a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate students. Elizabeth Kovalchuk was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Canada with her family during the collapse of the USSR. Liz began playing cello at age nine and began taking private lessons at age twelve.

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Sep. 21, at 13:30 - Church service and concert, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. The service will be complemented by a multigenerational orchestra. A concert will follow the service. All are invited. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.

ALMA Saiets 2014 American Latvian Artists Association

From Friday Sep. 26 to Sunday Sep. 28 - American Latvian Artists' Association (ALMA) annual Gathering, in the Catskills N.Y. Latvian Church Camp Rest Home (Atpûtas Nams). Linda Treija, the current ALMA president, sincerely invites American Latvian Artists’ Association members, their guests and Latvian American artists who wish to meet other Latvian American artists, participate in lively discussions about creative processes, and learn more about the current Latvian art scene in the USA and Latvia to attend our annual conference week-end in the Catskill Mountains. PLMC executive board members Guna Mundheim and Juris Ubans will show us “clips” from the much anticipated and well-attended Grand Opening of the Global Center for Latvian Art on June 28, 2014 in Cesis, Latvia and artist Inga Strause-Godejord will give a talk: “Current and Ancient Silk Painting and Wax Batik techniques”. We look forward to hearing about ALMA artists recent exhibitions and artworks (especially related to this year’s Artist and Ego theme). For further information or questions contact: Linda Treija lindatreija6@gmail.com or snukis1@yahoo.com ; Kika Nigals kika.nigals@gmail.com ; or Sarma Muižnieks Liepiņš sarmaliepins@verizon.net . Please also visit: www.americanlatvianartists.org.

Novuss table Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, Sep. 28, at 10:00 - Novuss tournament, the New York Cup at the DV House. Registration will be open only until 10:00 am, no later. For more information write or call the organizer Jânis Lauberts, janisberts@gmail.com, tel. (718) 832-6172. For more information about the game of novuss, please visit: www.novussusa.com.

OCTOBER 2014:

Saeima (Parliament) Building

Saturday Oct. 4, from 07:00 (am) until 20:00 (8 pm) - Polling Station opens for voting in Latvia's 12th Saeimas (Parliament) elections. at the Latvian Mission to the UN, 333 East 50th Street (between First & Second avenues), New York, NY 10022. All polling stations will be open from 07:00 (am) to 20:00 (8 pm) local time. For a list of polling places outside of Latvia see: www.cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014_SV/Velesanu%20iecirkni%20arvalstis.pdf.
To vote you must bring your valid Latvian citizen's passport.
If you are unable to come in person to vote at any of the polling stations, you must have registered by September 12 to vote by mail - See above.
If you have any questions contact the Latvian Consulate in Washington, DC: e-mail - consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv, tel. (202) 328-2881 or (202) 328-2882.
For additional information (in Latvian) visit:
Latvia's Central Election Commission - www.cvk.lv;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs about these elections - www.mfa.gov.lv/lv/usa/consular/saeimas-velesanas/.

Baltic flags Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday Oct. 4, at ??:00 - Baltic Unity Day, at Priedaine, NJ. New Jersey's Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian societies will participate. Program features cultural performances by Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. For information visit: www.priedaine.com.

Laila Saliņš

Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 - Harvest Festival church services at the Long Island Church. A Harvest Festival celebration will follow in the church social hall. Program "Pa Dzintara ceļu" ("Along the Amber Road"): Laila Saliņa will sing and show excerpts from her concert tour in Latvia this August with the TālaMana ensemble. This tour was supported by R2014 in celebration of Rīga as European Cultural capital in 2014. There will be hot Latvian style lunch, coffee, and a raffle drawing. All are welcome. Hosted by the Congregation's Long Island District Ladies Aid. For further information write Ilze Beiniķis.

Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills

Sunday, Oct. 12, at 12:00 - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills, next to the cemetery in Tannersville, NY. The previous evening (on Saturday) there is a candlelight service evening at dusk. For travel directions visit: www.nydraudze.org, click on "Nometne" and page down to near the bottom of the page. Also please visit: www.latvianmemorialpark.org.

Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

From Friday Oct. 17 evening till Sunday Oct. 19 - Fall Festival at Rota in the Catskills. Sports, beer tasting, chili, etc. etc. party in the evening in the Zelta Auns bar. Info about the event and Rota available at www.rotalodge.org. To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878. For more information write Reinis Sipols.
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Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. After the services there will be a social hour at the Shades of Green Pub & Restaurant, 125 East 15th Street (right next to Seafarer's - visit: www.ShadesOfGreenPub.com). For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: www.sihnyc.org. All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit www.NYDraudze.org. Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Autumn festival at the Yonkers Church. Information to follow. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Ladies Aid committee. For information write: Baibai Klavins, or call tel. (201) 288-4917.

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 13:30 - Church service followed by a hot lunch, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. Please make lunch reservations with Gunta Ģiga tel.: (908) 612-4889. For directions visit the St Andrew site: www.ELCAAndy.org.

NOVEMBER 2014:

Flea Market / Utenis

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate your used (but usable) items. Come help with the set up and to man the tables. Proceeds will benefit the Bronx Latvian school (which meets in Yonkers) and the Congregation's Northern District. Items to be donated for the flea market may be brought to the church while the Latvian school is in session on Saturdays from 9:30 until 13:30, or at other times by prior arrangement witht e church caretaker Vija Valdmane, e-mail: ancitis@optonline.net, tel. (914) 476-4787. Volunteers are needed, contact Laura Zamurs, e-mail: klzamurs@aol.com, tel. (516) 628-1465, to help with set up in the days prior, and to man the tables on the day of the flea market.

Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

Saturday, Nov. 1 - “A Slice of Home” – an Old World Style Eastern European Dinner Party, at Rota in the Catskills. Rota is pleased to announce that we’ll be teaming up with our good friends and family Tamas Szabev, Krista Doyle and Ieva Doyle to offer you a wonderful night of Old World style Eastern European food and merriment! Come visit Rota’s rustic mountain house, enjoy the scenic late autumn views and break bread with friends new and old! We plan to offer outdoor activities during the day time hours (weather permitting), and for supper we will serve up a three-course meal paired with imported Eastern European wine. Later on, the bar will be open downstairs with refreshments, music, and games. Stay tuned for the final menu as planned and prepared by Tamas, Krista, and Ieva – coming soon!! Tickets for this event will be limited, so please RSVP in advance. Room reservations and dinner RSVPs can be made online using the Reservation Request via www.rotalodge.org (please note the number of people in attendance and number of rooms needed for your party) – or by calling Andra at (518) 589-9878.
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Beidzās Vasaras laiks

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am Sunday Nov. 2
- set your clocks back one hour!

Latvija Rising Sun cockade

Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Lāčplēsis Day. Memorial day for soldiers who died in Latvia's war for independence. In 1919 on this date Latvia's army liberated Rīga, the capital city, from forces under the nominal command of Pavel Bermondt, but actually mostly German Freikorps troops commanded by General Rudiger von der Goltz. "Lāčplēsis" is pronounced "LAH-CH-pleh-sis".

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church.
Program will feature an address by Anita Bataraga, president of the American Latvian Association (ALA), (in Latvian). Information about the concert program will follow. A social afternoon will follow the program in the church's social hall, downstairs, with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday, Nov. 16, at 13:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at Priedaine, NJ. Information to follow. For information visit: www.priedaine.com.

Latvia's national flag

Tuesday, November 18 - Latvia's Independence Day (1918).

ALJA Kongress Seattle ALYA logo

IN SEATTLE WA: From Wednesday, Nov. 26 (evening) until Sunday, Nov. 30 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Seattle, WA. For information visit: www.SeattleKongress.org and www.alja.org. Follow the event "ALJAs Kongress Sietlā"on Facebook: Facebook.

More events will be posted very soon!

End of the Latvian & Baltic events calendar

Appeals, notices and news

Latvia's Radio 1 2a gs latvietis

A half-hour long radio program (in Latvian) about Latvians living abroad is broadcast Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time).

Starting Nov. 11, 2012, Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time) Latvijas Radio 1 broadcasts a half-hour long program "21.gs.latvietis" ("The 21st century Latvian") featuring interviews on various topics with Latvians who, for various reasons choose to live outside their homeland.

For a description (in Latvian) and list of past broadcasts visit:
 http://lr1.latvijasradio.lv/lv/lr1/raidijumi/21.-gadsimta-latvietis.

For all archived programs visit: http://LR1.LatvijasRadio.lv then choose "Arhīvs", then in the field "Atslēgvārds" (Keyword) type: "21. gadsimta latvietis" and click on "Meklēt" (Search). A list of archived programs giving date of broadcast and topic will be displayed. Click on "Ķlausīties" to listen.
Latvian Passport

As of Oct. 1, 2013, many Latvians abroad are allowed to hold dual citizenship.

Until now, Latvia's laws did not permit Latvian citizens to simultaneously be citizens of another country. In the years following the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991, an exception was made to allow Latvian citizens in exile, and their descendents, who had acquired the citizenship of their countries of residence, to reclaim their right to Latvian citizenship without renouncing the citizenship of their home countries. But to take advantage of this exception one had to reclaim the right to Latvian citizenship by mid 1995. In the case of minors, their parents had to apply on their behalf. After 1995 this opportunity was no longer available.

On May 9, 2013 the Latvian Saeima (Parliament) adopted changes, effective October 1, 2013, to the laws to allow dual citizenship and most Latvians living in the USA and other countries may be eligible to apply for and receive Latvian citizenship while retaining other citizenship they may hold.

The following information is posted here as a public service and in order to interest those who may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity, but please note that only information received directly from government sources may be considered authoritative. Please contact the Consular Department of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC to get the latest instructions before proceeding with any application. Visit www.latvia-usa.org.

Information from the EMBASSY OF LATVIA

INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROCESS OF REQUESTING LATVIA CITIZENSHIP AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2013

In order to request Latvian citizenship you first need to select one of the categories which justifies your eligibility for citizenship because different rules apply for each category: 

1. Exiles (those who were forced to leave Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990 due to foreign occupation) and their descendants who were born (and will have been born) by October 1, 2014 Latvia citizenship can be requested by those who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and whofled occupation and left Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990, and for this reason did not return to Latvia, as well as their descendants, who will be born by October 1, 2014. Dual citizenship is allowed with any other country! 

2. At the time of your birth at least one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia In this case dual citizenship is allowed for those who are citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), NATO or if you are a citizen of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand (children are eligible for dual citizenship with any country, but at age 25 will have to make a choice). 

3. You are an ethnic Latvian or Liv In requesting citizenship based on your ethnic origin you will be required to pass a language exam in Latvia. You are allowed to maintain dual citizenship with any other country! 

List of documents which must be submitted: 

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship (form will be available on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

2. An identifying document (passport or other ID) 

3. Birth certificate (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from the state in which the document was issued) 

4. Marriage certificate or divorce decree (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication) 

5. Birth certificates of children (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille) 

6. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship (see below) 

7. Fee for the processing of documents. 

Documents that prove your eligibility for citizenship as an exile or as a descendent of an exile: 

1. The exile’s passport from Latvia’s first period of independence or other document that affirms citizenship of Latvia on June 17, 1940. 

2. A written statement that theperson fled Latvia to escape occupation (information on what this statement will requirewill be on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

3. Descendants of exiles must provide documents confirming their relationship to the exile. 

Documents which prove your eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on the fact that at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia: 

1. A document proving that citizenship of the country which does not allow dual citizenship has been renounced (children under the age of 18 do not have to renounce the citizenship of another country) 

2. A document proving that you are not a citizen of another country. This document must be submitted only by those who are requesting citizenship based on being a Latvian citizen on June 17, 1940 or their descendants. 

Documents that confirm the eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on ethnic origin: 

1. Document that confirms your ancestor’s place of residence in Latvia’s territory between 1881 and June 17, 1940. 

2. Documents proving your relationship to this ancestor 

3. Documents confirming your ethnic background (if you cannot prove yours, then documents confirming that of your parents or grandparents, for example, passports, birth/marriage certificates etc.) 

4. Document confirming that you have passed the language examination in Latvia. 

Documents can be submitted in person to the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C. or can be mailed to the Embassy. Submitted documents must be originals or authenticated copies of documents. Documents issued by the U.S. must have an Apostille authentication. 

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service registered mail is $10.00; for return by Federal Express: $30.00(money order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). If you submit copies of documents, they must first be notarized; second, they must have an Apostille affixed by the Office of the Secretary of State. Documents should be sent to: Embassy of Latvia, 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. 

Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in: one month for children of citizens of Latvia; in 4 months for exiles, in one year for ethnic Latvians and Livs. In case all necessary documents have not been submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. 

For additional questions please see the Embassy of Latvia website: www.latvia-usa.org. Taking into account the large number of inquiries regarding the acquisition of Latvian citizenship, we are advising that responses to questions submitted by e-mail may take longer than usual. 

This information was prepared on September 19, 2013 and may change once regulations issued by the Cabinet of Ministershave been approved!!!

Information from the CONSULATE OF LATVIA IN NEW YORK

Since our last email update we have received some updated information from the Embassy in Washington D.C. that could be of interest to you.  There have also been some changes to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website links that now include information in English for those who need it. Please read on below this quick update from the Embassy in D.C.

Due to large numbers of inquiries regarding dual citizenship received at the Latvian Embassy, at this time we are sending out only general information regarding who is eligible for the dual citizenship and guidelines for the application process.

More information is available at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website:
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

If you submit documents to the Embassy, you have to include a money order for 60 USD (payable to the Embassy of Latvia) - the fee for document forwarding to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Add to your money order 10 USD for mailing back your original documents with USPS certified mail or 30 USD - for Federal Express.

CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/

ADMISSIBILITY OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/dual-citizenship/admissibility-of-dual-citizenship.html

REGISTRATION OF CITIZENSHIP
www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/citizenship/registration-if-citizenship/

EMBASSY OF LATVIA TO THE UNITED STATES – Consular Section
www.mfa.gov.lv/en/usa/consular/

Please note, the Consulate of Latvia in New York cannot process any applications or approve any official documents for citizenship applications. This is all handled by the Embassy in D.C.

Consulate of Latvia in New York
Mr. Daris G. Delins - Honorary Consul
Tel: 1-646-230-0590
Fax: 1-646-230-0591
E-mail: info@latvia-newyork.org
Home page: www.latvia-newyork.org