Family State Benefit and Additional Payments

The following persons are entitled to receive the family state benefit and the supplement to the family state benefit: citizens, non-citizens of Latvia, foreigners, and stateless persons living in Latvia who have received a personal identity number.

The benefit is not granted to persons who have received a temporary residence permit.

The family state benefit and supplement to the family state benefit for a disabled child is granted in accordance with Section 6 of the Law on State Social Allowances and Cabinet Regulation No. 1517 Regulations Regarding the Amount of the Family State Benefit and the Supplement to the Family State Benefit .

The family state benefit is granted to

  • one of the child’s parents;
  • guardian or adopter;
  • actual raiser of the child who has been established by the court’s decision;
  • the child him or her-self after the age of 18 years if prior to that he or she has been under guardianship.

The benefit is granted for each child raised in the family from when the child becomes one year old until the age of 15.

If the child after getting 15 years old continues studies at a general educational or vocational educational establishment (even if he/she receives a scholarship), the benefit will be granted until the day when the child gets 20 years old, if he/she is not married.

The rates of the benefits a month

From 1 January 2017,

  • 11,38 euro for the first childin the family;
  • 22,76 euro (11,38 euro x 2) for the second child;
  • 34,14 euro (11,38 euro x 3) for the third child;
  • 50,07 euro (11,38 euro x 4,4) for the fourth and any next child.

When the amount of the state family benefit is set, all of the children of the applicant are taken into account in the total number of children in the applicant’s family – including the children for which the benefit is not paid anymore because the child has reached the age of 20 years or if he/she after getting 15 years old does not study, as well as deceased children of the applicant.

The total number of the children in the applicant’s family also includes the children who are actually brought up by the family in compliance with the resolution of the orphan’s court as well as for the adopted children and children under guardianship.

The total number of the children in the applicant’s family also includes but the benefit is not paid for:

  • the child who has left Latvia and is permanently residing abroad;
  • the child who is placed in a public, municipal or private child care and educational institution and is fully maintained by the institution, but regarding whom the mother’s or the father’s rights of care have not been suspended or terminated;
  • the child regarding whom the orphan’s court has issued a special resolution to stop payment of the benefit to the person who is not actually bringing the child up, in order to protect child’s personal interests.

In turn, the total number of the children in the applicant’s family does not include and the benefit is not paid for:

  • the child regarding whom the mother’s or the father’s rights of care have been suspended or terminated;
  • the child under guardianship regarding whom the benefit is received by the minor parents who have reached the age of social capacity to act;
  • the child who has reached the age of majority regarding whom the payments of the state family benefit have been stopped, if the state family benefit is granted for the child which is actually brought up by the family according to the resolution of the orphan’s court, as well as for the child under guardianship.

The additional payment to the state family benefit is granted for raising two and more children aged from one to 20 years

to the beneficiary for raising two and more children regarding whom the state family benefit is granted.

Namely, if the state family benefit is granted and paid to the beneficiary for two and more children, the additional payment to the state family benefit is granted as well.

The amount of the additional payment to the state family benefit for raising two and more children aged from one to 20 years

  • For two children – 10 euro per month
  • For three children – 66 euro per month
  • For each of the following children – 50 euro more than for the previous child, namely:
  • For four children – 116 euro per month;
  • For five children – 166 euro per month;
  • For six children – 216 euro per month;
  • etc.

For the calculation of the amount of the additional payment the number of children is determined differently from the number determined in case of the state family benefit.

The amount of the additional payment does not take into account and the number of children does not include the children for whom the state family benefit is not granted and paid, for example:

  • deceased children;
  • children regarding whom the benefit is received by the other parent or other beneficiary;
  • children who are more than 20 years old;
  • children who have not reached the age of 20 years yet, but who after reaching the age of 15 years do not study;
  • children who have not reached the age of one year and for whom the state family benefit is not granted;
  • and other cases when the state family benefit for a child of the applicant is not granted and paid.

If the payment of the state family is stopped for a child (for example, the child does not study after reaching the age of 15 years), the amount of the additional payment is recalculated or the payment is stopped.

The additional payment to the state family benefit for a disabled child under the age of 18 years is granted to

a person who is raising a disabled child irrespective of the payment of the state family benefit.

Detailed information: Additional Payment to the State Family Benefit for a Disabled Child.

Supplement to the family state benefit for a disabled child is 106,72 euro.

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

When applying for the benefit by post or e-mail application form in the webpage of the State Social Insurance Agency www.vsaa.gov.lv can be used or a free text application.

By signing the application, the person requesting the benefit confirms that the information provided in the application is accurate

When the child reaches the age of 15 years as well as further on information about the child (given name, surname, personal identity number, educational institution, grade) is submitted to the VSAA by the Ministry of Education and Science in electronic form.

If the child studies abroad, the applicant for the family state benefit must submit a certification from the foreign educational institution to the SSIA. The submitted document from the foreign educational institution must contain information that allows to unmistakably conclude that the person for whom it has been issued studies in the general or professional education institution in the said period of time and does not receive scholarship.

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.

Information about a disabled child is submitted to the VSAA by the State Medical Commission for Expert-Examinations of Health and Working Ability in electronic form.

If the applicant for the benefit and the supplement is a guardian or a person who actually raises the child then the information about establishment of the guardianship or payment of the benefit to a person who actually raises the child is submitted to the VSAA by the orphan’s court that made the decision on establishment of the guardianship or payment of the benefit to the person who actually raises the child.

If the applicant for the benefit and the supplement is an adopter information about confirmation of adoption is submitted to the VSAA by the court.

Time for claiming

The application for granting of the family state benefit and the supplement must be submitted not later than within 6 months from the moment when the right is created. If the benefit is applied for later it is granted only for the previous 6 months prior to the application for the benefit.

Time for decision

The decision on granting of the benefit and the supplement is made within ten days after the department of VSAA has received all documents necessary for granting of the benefit.

Receipt of the benefit

The benefit is transferred to the account of a credit institution or postal account system stated by you.

Published date: [27.12.2018]