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General migration topics

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Citizens of EU Members States may come to Lithuania without a visa and stay in Lithuania without any special permits for up to 3 months. If citizens of EU Members States intend to stay in Lithuania for over 3 months, they should apply for issue a Certificate of a citizen of EU Member State.  

For more information please see: Immigration of EU citizens  

Non-EU nationals moving to Lithuania need to apply for and obtain a D visa (long-stay visa) if you plan on staying for longer than three months (90 days). Usually, this type of visa is issued for individuals who want to work, live, study, or reunite with their family members in Lithuania.  

For more information, please see Staying more than 3 months - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt) or I want to live in the Republic of Lithuania permanently - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt)  

Based on your reason for moving to Lithuania, you can obtain any of the following types of temporary residence permits: 

- A temporary residence permit for work. 

- A temporary residence permit for study purposes. 

- A temporary residence permit for family reunification purposes. 

- A temporary residence permit for qualified non-EU foreign nationals workers. 

For more information, please see FAQ - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt) or Home - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt)  

You must live in the Republic of Lithuania without interruption for 5 years with a temporary residence permit. During your stay in Lithuania, you can travel abroad for a brief period, but trips from the territory of Lithuania may not last longer than 6 months in succession and may not exceed 10 months in a consecutive and total period of 5 years. 

For more information, please see Long-term residence - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt) or Home - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt).

You can leave and return to Lithuania during the permit period. However, you will lose the right of permanent residence in Lithuania and your permanent residence permit may be revoked if you reside in a non-European Union country for more than 12 months or you leave Lithuania to live in another European Union member state for more than 6 years or you will acquire the status of a long-term resident in another European Union member state. 

If you leave the Republic of Lithuania for more than 6 months period, in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on Declaration of Residence, you must declare your departure. If you declare leaving the Republic of Lithuania, your permanent residence permit will become invalid, and you will lose the right to permanent residence in Lithuania. 

For more information, please see Other - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt) or Home - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt).

If you have a Lithuanian temporary residence permit and you are not an EU citizen: 

A foreigner, who has a temporary residence permit and whose family members are coming on the basis of family reunification and want to obtain temporary residence permits, must have lived in the Republic of Lithuania for the last 2 years, have a temporary residence permit, which has been valid for at least one year, and have reasonable prospects of acquiring the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania, except for the following cases, when family members come to a foreigner: 

  1. who has been granted asylum in the Republic of Lithuania; 
  2. who has a temporary residence permit, issued for a highly-qualified professional employee, an employee that has been transferred inside a company, a startup, a lecturer or researcher, or a citizen of Australia, Japan, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or South Korea, who is planning to work or engage in other types of legal activity in the Republic of Lithuania;  
  3. who has a temporary residence permit, issued on the basis that the foreigner has acquired a status of a permanent resident of another European Union member state and has a residence permit, issued by the said state. The foreigner can use this right if the family has already been created in the said European Union member state, where the foreigner has acquired a status of a permanent resident;
  4. who has arrived for an internship at scientific and educational institutions on the basis of international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania or on the basis of the European Union academic exchange programmes with the third states;
  5. who has invested his own, borrowed or entrusted assets in the Republic of Lithuania while directly participating at projects of state importance;
  6. who has a temporary residence permit, issued on the basis of business;
  7. who has a temporary residence permit, issued on the basis of studies and is studying for a doctor’s degree. 

In case of a family reunification, a foreigner will be issued a temporary residence permit for the same period as the temporary residence permit for the family member that the foreigner is coming to on the basis of family reunification. 

More information about coming to Lithuania on the basis of family reunification is available here. 

For more information, please see https://www.migracija.lt/faq or https://www.migracija.lt/home.

If you are holding a national visa valid for 1 year or several national visas with a total validity of 1 year, and intending to apply for a temporary residence permit, in order to stay in Lithuania during the consideration of the application will have to submit this application in advance - 2 to 4 months before the expiry of the actual national visa. 

For more information please see: National visa (D) (renkuosilietuva.lt) or Pradžia - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt).

Documents of the child (adopted child) below the age of sixteen for permanent residence permit are submitted by one of the parents (adoptive parents) upon submitting identity document, or guardian (caregiver) or other legal representative, upon submitting the document certifying the guardianship (custody) or other legal representation, and the identity document. The child must be present in person during the submission of the documents of the child (adoptive child). 

Minor children over 16 years of age must submit documents concerning the issue of a permanent residence permit themselves. 

For more information please see: Family - Migracijos departamentas (migracija.lt).