On 20 February 2018 the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted a list of professions for which there is a labour shortage and for which there will be preferential conditions for obtaining a European Union Blue Card. The list consists of 237 professions in fields such as the natural sciences, IT, manufacturing, construction, shipping and aircraft navigation.

The aim of the regulations is to speed up the process for obtaining work permits and to increase the number of highly skilled professionals available to employers in Latvia.

Toms Šulmanis, partner at COBALT Law Firm