At the end of August 2014, with the support and assistance of the Honorary Consuls of Latvia, mobile passport workstations were set up in Australia and New Zealand, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
This mission was organized by the Foreign Ministry and the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. Applications for passports and ID cards were received and biometric information collected in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Christchurch. 585 applicants were served and 633 personal identity documents were issued through use of the portable workstations.
The mission was arranged to strengthen the bond with Latvians in Australia and New Zealand and provide personal identity documents to those who obtained Latvian citizenship following the amendments to the Citizenship Law made on 1 October 2013.
Latvian citizens residing in Australia and New Zealand will receive their new passports before the 12th Saeima (parliamentary) election on 4 October 2014.
The first mobile passport workstation mission to Australia took place in 2011, when 346 passports were processed for Latvian citizens in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth.
A mobile passport workstation is a set of equipment which makes it possible to collect a person’s biometric data (a photograph and fingerprints) away from the premises of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs or Latvian diplomatic missions and consular posts, thus making it easier for Latvian nationals in remote areas of their countries of residence to receive personal identity documents closer to their homes.