Acquisition of a residence permit based on business investment is most suitable for those who wish to establish or develop their business within the European Union, while taking advantage of the benefits of having legal residency within the EU - with all the convenience that it brings in terms of travel. Statistics show that business investment is a less popular way to obtain a residence permit compared to purchasing real estate, however, there are several peculiarities that make this option the best solution for some investors. Financial investment in local business During the last year the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia received 268 residence permit applications based on investments made in local companies. The amount of investment is estimated at around 13.5 million lats. Qualifying Investors who complete a successful application receive a residence permit for an initial period up to 5 years, with further extensions possible.