APRIL 2014:

Ukraine's national flag

Information about activities in Support of a democratic, independent and undivided Ukraine
in New York will be posted here as information is received, but as events unfold you may wish to visit:
Razom for Ukraine - www.razomforukraine.org and www.Facebook.com/RazomForUkraine;
the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) - www.ucca.org and www.Facebook.com/UCCA.org;
the Organization for Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine (ODFFU) - www.odffu.org and www.Facebook.com/ODFFU;
and the Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America (SUSTA) - www.sustaportal.org and www.Facebook.com/SUSTAportal.

European Union

On May 24, 2014 in Latvia elections for the European Parliament will take place. Citizens of Latvia who are living abroad may participate in these election by voting by mail. To vote by mail you must register by April 12. A sample registration form to vote by mail and other information about these elections may be found at: www.cvk.lv. The application must be sent before April 12 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.
All you need to do is:
1) Print out “Pieteikumu balsošanai pa pastu” (the Application to vote by mail) –
MS Word: http://cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014/Iesniegums_pasts_EPV2014.doc
or PDF: http://cvk.lv/pub/upload_file/2014/Iesniegums_pasts_EPV2014.pdf
2) Fill it out. The only information required is:
Vārds (first name), Uzvārds (last name), Adrese, kur dzīvojiet (Address where you live), Personas kods (Personal ID code), Adrese kur sūtīt balsošanas materiālus (Address where to send voting materials - ussually the same as where you live), Datums (Date) un Paraksts (Signature).
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND IN YOUR PASSPORT.
3) Send the completed application to the address above.

Latvijas pase

Latvia's Mobile Passport Workstation Will Be Returning to New York, but if you want to make use of it to apply for, or renew, your Latvian passport you must, by May 15, send all required documents to the Embassy  of Latvia in Washington DC. For information (in Latvian) visit: www.mfa.gov.lv/lv/usa/consular/parvietojama-pasu-stacija. The documents must be sent before May 15 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.
If you have not yet taken advantage of the renewed opportunity to claim your Latvian citizenship, while retaining your US citizenship, this may be a good time to do so.

Latvian Cultural Association TILTS Saturday, Apr. 12, at 13:30 - Annual meeting of the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, at the DV House. A TILTS board meeting at 11:00 will precede the annual meeting. All are invited. Please visit www.tilts.org. For information write Ģirts Zeidenbergs or Andris Padegs.
Note: This meeting was orginally scheduled for March 8.

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Apr. 12 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. 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.

Pūpolsvētdiena

Sunday, Apr. 13 - Palm Sunday Church services with communion:
at 10:00 at the Yonkers Church,
at 10:30 at the Long Island Church and
at 14:30 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parsippany, NJ.
(In Latvian Palm Sunday is called "Pūpolu svētdiena" - "Pussy Willow (or Willow Catkins) Sunday".)

Thursday, Apr. 17 - Holy Thursday Church services with communion: at 11:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 13:00 at the East Orange Church. (In Latvian Holy Thursday is called "Zaļā ceturtdiena" - "Green Thursday".)

Friday, Apr. 18 - Good Friday Church services with communion: at 19:00 at the Yonkers Church, and at 19:00 at the Long Island Church. (In Latvian Good Friday is called "Lielā piektdiena" - "Great Friday".)

DV Nama uzpošanas talka Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Apr. 19, starting at 11:00 - Daugavas Vanagi House Volunteer Spring Cleaning, at the DV House. Remember when friends and relatives got together to tend and clean up their yards, gardens and homes? We too will come together for a Spring Cleaning of our Latvian Island in New York - the House of the NY chapter of the Daugavas Vanagi. Afterwards we will have a friendly meal by the fireplace, singing and an "open mike", where everyone is invited to give a performance or presentation for our mutual merriment. Come yourself and invite your friends and relatives to come along. The more, the merrier!

Easter Lilly

Happy Easter! (In Latvian "Priecīgas Lieldienas!")

Sunday, Apr. 20 - Easter Sunday Church services: at 08:00 at the Yonkers Church and at 08:00 at the Long Island Church. Following the church services there will be an Easter breakfast  at Yonkers. (In Latvian Easter is called "Lieldienas" - "The Great Days".)

Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN: From Friday Apr. 25 to Sunday Apr. 27 - Daugavas Vanagi USA annual Delegates Meeting & Vanadzes meeting,. For more information, please visit: www.daugavasvanagi.org.

NJ Sporta kopa "Kursa" Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 - East Coast Latvian American USA Volleyball Finals at the Volleyball House, 5635 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075, www.vbhouse.com. We are expecting participants from Washington DC, Latvia, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. Player and team registration and specific information is available from Washington DC Daugavas Vanagu sport club "Sigulda" representative Viesturs Timrots - tel. (301) 294-0046, or the NJ Latvian Sport Club "Kursa" representative Jānis Ģiga - home tel. (908) 272-4580, work tel. (609) 588-6314.

Sunday, Apr. 27, at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Spring Event at the Long Island Church. The program will feature the showing of a film excerpt of the "Ligo" closing concert of the 2013 Song festival in Latvia. Lunch, coffee and a raffle drawing will follow. Organized by the NY Latvian Church Long Island region Ladies Aid. All are invited. For information write Ilze Beinikis.

MAY 2014:

ALA  logo

IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: From Friday, May 2 until Sunday, May 4 - The American Latvian Association's (ALA) annual congress, Philadelphia, PA. For information visit www.alausa.org.

European Union

Saturday May 24, - Elections for the European Parliament will take place. Citizens of Latvia who are living abroad may participate in these election by voting by mail. To vote by mail you must register by April 12. A sample registration form to vote by mail and other information about these elections may be found at: www.cvk.lv. The application must be sent before April 12 and all questions directed to:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Consular Section Telephone: (202) 328-2881
e-mail: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv.

Latvian Memorial Park in the Catskills

Sunday May 25 at 12:00 noon - Memorial Service at the Latvian Memorial Park cemetery, in the Catskills. There is also a candlelight service at dusk of the previous evening (Sat. May 24). For information visit: www.LatvianMemorialPark.org.

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Saturday, May 31 - 50th Anniversary of the New Jersey Latvian Society's purchase and building of "Priedaine" at Priedainē NJ. Program information will follow. For more information, please visit: www.Priedaine.com.
Visit the page "New Jersey Latvian Society Priedaine" on Facebook: Facebook.

JUNE 2014:

Latvian flag within barbed wire

Saturday, Jun. 14 - National Day of Mourning in remembrance of tens of thousands of Latvians deported on this day from their homeland to prison camps in Siberia by occupying Soviet forces in 1941. (See also March 25, July 4 and the first Sunday in December.)
Church services will be held at 19:00 at the Long Island Church.

2 x 2 Seminar, Baltimore, MD

IN BALTIMORE, MD: From Friday Jun. 20 to Friday Jun. 27 - Latvian Youth Seminar "2 x 2" (in Latvian "DivReizDivi"). For information visit: www.2x2Ligosim.org.

Līgo! Līgo! Happy Midsummer night - June 21, Līgo eve - June 23 & (St.) John's Day - June 24!

JULY 2014:

XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada

IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA: From Thursday July 3 to Sunday July 6 - The XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada. For information visit: www.latviansongfest.com/2014/.
Follow the "XIV Latviešu Dziesmu Svētki Kanadā /XIV Latvian Song Festival in Canada"on Facebook: Facebook.

Latvian flag within barbed wire

Friday July 4 - In Latvia this is the National Day of Mourning for those who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Officially the day is called the "Remembrance day for Jewish genocide victims" (in Latvian "Ebreju tautas genocīda upuru piemiņas diena"). On this day in 1941 occupying Nazi-German forces burned down the Great Choral Synagogue in Rīga. (See also March 25, June 14 and the first Sunday in December.)
USA flag In the U.S.A. this day is celebrated as Independence Day (declared in 1776).

Latvian Church camp "Nometne" gateway

New York Latvian Church Camp "Nometne" in the Catskills summer program for July through August

For information and registration visit www.KatskiluNometne.org or www.NYDraudze.org and click on "Nometne". Registration will open in March.

Regular children's camp "NOMETNE" periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
1st period: from Sunday July 6 to Saturday July 19;
2nd period: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language period: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 16.

"ĪKŠĶĪŠU" (" Little thumbs" For children ages 2-6 ) periods:
For children speaking Latvian:
A-week: will not take place;
B-week: from Sunday July 13 to Saturday July 19;
C-week: from Sunday July 20 to Saturday July 26;
D-week: from Sunday July 27 to Saturday August 2;
For children who speak little or no Latvian and need to learn it:
Language week: from Sunday August 3 to Saturday August 9.

Seniors week: from Sunday August 10 to Saturday August 16.

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