Allowance for child care
People entitled to receive the allowance for child care:
Citizens of Latvia, non-citizens, foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Latvia, to whom a personal identity code has been granted.
The allowance is not granted to people, who have received a temporary residence permit.
The allowance is granted:
According to Section 7 of the Law on State Social Allowances and Cabinet Regulation No. 1609 of 22 December 2009 “Regulations on the amount and review of the allowance for child care and premium to the allowance in case of twins or more children born during the same labour and the procedure of granting and paying the allowance and premium”
to a person taking care of a child that has not reached the age of two:
- one of the child’s parents;
- guardian or adopter;
- actual raiser of the child who has been established by the court’s decision.
Both the parents who are not socially insured persons (are not employed or self-employed) and who are socially insured persons are entitled to receive the allowance for child care.
In case the parent is not a socially insured person, the allowance for child care is granted as of the day of the birth of the child, provided that no maternity benefit, parents’ benefit or allowance for child care is granted to the other parent for the same period of time in connection with the birth and taking care of the same child.
If a parent is socially insured (employee or self-employed), he/she is granted parent benefit and child allowance for the taking care for one and the same child.
Both benefits can be received at the same time, if a maternity benefit has not been granted for the same child for the same period of time.
It shall be noted that the aforementioned benefits are granted to one person for taking care of a child for a specific period of time. Therefore the parents have to agree on who will receive both the parents’ benefit and allowance for child care, as both benefits for taking care of a child are granted to one of the parents (one person).
Example: both parents are working people in the family, where a child has been born. The mother of the child has been granted and paid maternity benefit for the pregnancy leave period (70 days prior to the delivery) and labour leave period (56 days after the delivery). Both parents have agreed that benefits for the childcare will be received by the father of the child. Thus the father of the child is entitled to parent benefit and child allowance for the period starting from the next day, when the last day of the maternity benefit period has expired.
The benefits’ claiming rules
Grounds for awarding the benefit:
- Application for receiving the benefit
An application you can submit in one of the divisions of the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA):
– personally or as electronic document, in accordance with the legal regulation of the processing of the electronic documents;
– sent by post or submit by a notary authorized person’s intermediation;
– submit in one of the customer service centers of the state or local governments, which have the cooperation agreements with SSIA.
The easiest way to do this by filling in an E-application to the state and local governments’ services portal www.latvija.lv
By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate.
If the child was born abroad and the data on his/her birth is not available for SSIA, as well as the personal identification number is not assigned to the child, a copy of the document on registration of the birth fact of the child issued by a competent institution of the foreign country must be submitted together with the application and the original thereof must be presented (when applying for the benefit by post a notarized copy of this document must be annexed to the application).
When submitting documents issued in foreign countries, they have to be formatted accordingly to the rules of document validation. If the document has been issued in a foreign language, a translation of the document might be necessary.
If the allowance is applied for by a guardian or a person actually taking care of the child, the information about establishment of guardianship or paying the allowance to the person actually taking care of the child is submitted to the SSIA by the orphan’s court, which has made the decision on the establishment of guardianship or paying the allowance to the person actually taking care of the child.
The benefit may be requested through an authorised person, provided that the representation rights have been granted in accordance with Article 38 Paragraph one of the Administrative Procedure Law. Representation of a natural person shall be drawn up as a notarised power of attorney, or a natural person may authorise his or her representative at the VSAA office, if both the representative and the authorising person are present.
The rates of the benefits
- for a person taking care of a child that has not reached the age of 1.5 – 171 euros a month;
- for a person taking care of a 1.5-2 years old child – 42.69 euros a month.
If twins or triplets have been born in the family, a premium is added to the basic amount of the allowance for child care for each next child:
- for a person taking care of twins or more children born in the same labour that have not reached the age of 1.5 – 171 euros a month for each next child;
- for a person taking care of twins or more children born in the same labour and aged 1.5-2 – 42.69 euros a month for each next child.
Time for claiming
Application for granting of the allowance for child care must be submitted no later than within 6 months from the moment of acquiring the right. If the application is submitted later, the allowance will be granted only for the 6 previous months before the day of requesting the allowance.
Time for decision
Decision on granting of the benefit is made within a month after the department of the SSIA has received all the documents and other information necessary to grant the allowance.
Receipt of the benefit
The allowance is transferred to your account in a credit institution or a postal account system (PAS) that you have specified.
The allowance is paid for the previous month.