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).

Raimonds Vejonis Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Sunday, July 6, at 14:00 - Discussion with Latvia's Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis, at the DV House. Latvia's Defense Minister will talk about current issues affecting Latviaš defense (in Latvian) and will also take questions. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served afterwards. All are invited. For more information write: Marija Maher or call (908) 277-1251.

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.

Estonian House New York

Thursday Jul. 10 after 19:30 - Latvian Happy Hour get-together, at the Estonian House. Organized by the Inner City district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. Contact Andris Trautmanis andris.o.trautmanis@gmail.com.

Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos
Kursa, Zelta Bumba, Volejturnirs, Rota, Katskilos

Saturday July 12 at 11:00 am - "Zelta Bumba ("Golden Ball) Volleyball Tournament Benefit in the Catskills at the Latvian Veterans' Center Rota in Elka Park, NY. Come without a team, as teams will be formed on the spot. Prizes will be given to winners. Admission $20 which includes a hotdog lunch. Proceeds benefit the NJ Latvian Sports Group Kursa and the LKIA Rota. The evening program will take place in Rota's club "Zelta Auns" ("The Golden ram") and will feature a DJ. For those who have not paid the all-day tournament admission the evening admission will be $5. For more information, please write NJ Latvian Sports Group "Kursa" reps. Jānis Ģiga home tel. (908) 272-4580 or Aivars Bārs, tel. (862) 812-1067, or Andy Millers tel. (732) 266-7092. For directions and lodging visit: www.rotalodge.org, tel. (518) 589-9878. Follow the event "ZELTA BUMBA 2014" on Facebook: Facebook.

"Melnais Lacis" Katskilu Nometne

Saturday, Jul. 19 at 18:00 - "Melnais Lācis" ("The Black Bear ") Social afternoon, in Nometne in the Catskills. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served starting at 18:00 following the camp procession to the campers' dinner ball, The campers and counselors ensemble will entertain participants with their presentations, Dinner will be served at 19:30. More information to follow. Admission $?? which includes hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Beer and wine are extra. There will be an artists' exhibit with a 50-50% silent auction (half goes to the artist, half to Nometnei). Artists are invited to register their works - paintings, jewelry, ceramics, scultptures, wood carvings, photos - with Anita Batarags abatarags@optonline.net or tel. (201) 788-5315. Proceeds benefit the Latvian Church Camp "Nometne". All are welcome! For directions visit www.NYDraudze.org where you should click on "Nometne" and then on "Ceļa Norādījumi".
Follow the event "Melnais Lacis 2014" on Facebook: Facebook.

AUGUST 2014:

Estonian House New York

Thursday Aug. 7 after 19:30 - Latvian Happy Hour get-together, at the Estonian House. Organized by the Inner City district of the Latvian Ev. Luth. Church. Contact Andris Trautmanis andris.o.trautmanis@gmail.com.

3 x 3 (Tris Reiz Tris) Katskilos

From Sunday August 17 to Sunday August 24 - "3 x 3" Seminar camp, at the Latvian Church camp "Nometne" in the Catskills. Lead organizer and contact: Helēna Vīksniņa, tel.(202) 829-6868. Follow the group "3x3 Katskills" on Facebook: Facebook.

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