Lithuania Immigration


Temporary Residency Card

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Capital : Vilnius

Languages : Lithuanian, English, Russian, Jews, Polish

Official Currency : Euro

Major Cities : Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai

Lithuania at Glance

Lithuania is the southernmost of the three Baltic States – and the largest and most populous of them. The country is predominantly flat, with a few low hills in the western uplands and eastern highlands. Forests cover just over 30% of the country. The most important sectors of Lithuania’s economy in 2014 were wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (32.7 %), industry (23.6 %) and public administration, defense, education, human health and social work activities (13.9 %). Lithuania’s main export partners are Russia, Latvia and Germany while its main import partners are Russia, Germany and Poland.

Lithuania is a relatively small country, but you will be surprised at how much there is to see and visit. You can choose among different ways to explore the country – you may want to limit your sightseeing to UNESCO or national heritage objects or you may want to visit individual ethnographic regions to get a feeling of their lifestyles, dialects, behavioral specifics, or authentic cuisine.

For more details please visit : Lithuania


Smoothed by glacier retreat during the last Ice Age, Lithuania is mostly flat lowlands in the west, with some low hills. In the east and southeast, bogs, numerous small lakes, and the rolling hills of the Baltic Highlands dominate the landscape, where much of the land is covered by dense forest. Its highest point is near the Belarus border where the Juozapine stands at 964 ft. (294m).

It shares borders with five neighboring states. In the North, Lithuania has a 588 km border with Latvia, in the East and South – 660 km border with Belarus. In the South West, Lithuania borders with Poland (103 km) and the Russian Federation (273 km). More than three fourths of Lithuania’s borders stretch along rivers and lakes. Lithuania’s economic zone in the Baltic Sea (with and area around 6 400 km²) reaches the waters of Sweden. We are proud of our beautiful coastline, which stretches for over 100 kilometers.

For detailed information please visit : Geography of Lithuania


The climate of the Lithuania can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around -5°C, but in some cases winter months can be quite colder with temperatures far below zero, about -20°C or lower and strong, cold northeasterly winds. Heavy snowfall or even snowstorms are also possible on some days. The weather is often breezy and humid due to the proximity of the Baltic Sea.

There are no natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes or tornadoes. Forest fires do happen, but they are minor compared to the ones raging in Australia or Southern Europe. The cold in winter takes its toll sometimes but this is limited to the homeless. Heavy rains and strong winds do some damage, but usually only to the property and crops and this damage is minor compared to places like the United States.

Reference : Climate of Lithuania


Lithuanians are fond of nature and have a strong feeling of a shared culture that begins as early as primary school, where folk music, national traditions, and holidays play an important role. Among those who remember life under the Soviet regime, pride in surviving a period of repression and difficulty is a focal point of the national culture. The family is the centre of the social structure. The obligation to family is a person’s first priority. Together with religion, the family forms the basis around which all other parts of life revolve. The most common greeting is the handshake, with direct eye contact, and a smile.

The most noticeable distinction between regions is the change in dialects as one travels across the country. To an outsider, a different dialect can sound like a completely different language and in some cases—particularly in border towns—may incorporate elements of the neighboring country’s language.

For further information, please visit Culture of Lithuania


Lithuanian cuisine features the products suited to its cool and moist northern climate: barley, potatoes, rye, beets, greens, and mushrooms are locally grown, and dairy products are one of its specialties. Since it shares its climate and agricultural practices with Eastern Europe, Lithuanian cuisine has much in common with other Eastern European and Jewish cuisines. In Lithuania people usually eat three meals each day. Breakfast is between 7 and 9 am, the main meal between 12 and 3 pm, and a lighter meal between 6 and 8 pm. In rural areas, meals are eaten earlier than in urban areas. For the midday meal most people either go home or eat in cafeterias at work. Toasts are often made during meals, whether guests are present or not.

The meal most strongly associated with the Lithuanian nation is the Cepelinai, named after Graff von Zeppelin because these potato dumplings are similar in form to airship he invented. A more Lithuanian name for the meal is “didžkukuliai”. Foreigners sometimes find the meal hard for their stomachs but it is very popular among Lithuanians. It is also one of the cheapest meals of its size you may get in Lithuanian restaurants. Making cepelinai yourself would take hours however.

For further information, please visit Cuisine of Lithuania

  • You have the right to enter without a visa and travel freely in all Schengen States without a time limit of stay.
  • It becomes much easier for you to obtain visas to the USA, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Australia.
  • You have the right to work in Lithuania.
  • You have the right to become a company-owner in Lithuania.
  • You are granted the right to purchase and register a vehicle in the EU, with its further exploitation, including outside the EU (with regard to law of the country where the car is taken).
  • You have the right to procure realty in Lithuania.
  • You receive the same social benefits that the citizens of Lithuania have, except for the right to vote in the elections.
  • Different historical facts and events influenced significantly on formation of tolerance to different cultures, languages and religions.
  • Health centers are famous for their highly qualified specialists with experience in the U.S., Israel, Germany, the UK, and costs for medical services are relatively low.
  • Free movement of people is one of the fundamental freedoms in the European Union.
  • Lithuania is definitely among the world’s best, coziest countries to live in. It’s got it all – beautiful, well-preserved nature, charming cities, clean air, low-costs, safety, friendly people and a rich and truly vibrant cultural life.

For further detailed information please visit Lithuania Immigration

  • Large developed market of more than 500 million inhabitants
  • Opened European market, which functions on the principle of free movement of goods, services, persons and capital, that automatically eliminates questions about customs regulations, quotas, tariffs and fees in the European Union
  • Stable legislation that allows planning of your activities
  • Possession of residence permit in Lithuania greatly facilitates the process of obtaining a visa to such countries as the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.
  • Different historical facts and events influenced significantly on formation of tolerance to different cultures, languages and religions.
  • A large number of the population speaks and understands Russian and English. This naturally gives everyone the opportunity to continue his usual style of living, being on the territory of Lithuania.
  • Lithuanian education meets all the requirements of European education with really high quality
  • Lithuanian health centers are famous for their highly qualified specialists with experience in the U.S., Israel, Germany, the UK, and costs for medical services are relatively low.
  • Important to mention Lithuanian favorable environmental conditions, which are provided by the local peculiarities of nature, the availability of access to the sea and absence of large industrial enterprises.
  • Eligible fixed tax rates in Lithuania on income of individuals and entities that allow you to make great profit from doing business and not to give up most for the state (for instance, income tax for companies is 15 %, and if the company employs less than 10 employees and annual turnover amounts less than 1 million Litas, so you can enjoy preferential tax, which is only 5% of the profit)
  • Legitimate ways to reduce tax payments
  • The benefits of harmonization of indirect taxation in the European Union, which allows you to choose the country, where you will pay Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Lithuania is one of the leading countries in reducing corruption as on the highest levels of authority, so on the administrative level, that naturally decreases the costs for doing business (absence of ” bribes “, ” kickbacks “, etc.)
  • Availability of free economic zones in Klaipeda and Kaunas
  • Ability to obtain a bank credit with loyal conditions ( from 11 %)
  • Opportunities to get support from the European Union for the development of your business in Lithuania
Criteria for getting a temporary residence permit issued:

  • right to citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania
  • family reunification
  • intend to work, to engage in lawful activities, to study, persons placed under guardianship (curatorship) or to carry out research
  • a guardian has been assigned to him/her or he/she has been appointed a guardian for somebody
  • he/she is allowed to remain and reside in the Republic of Lithuania because he/she is or was a victim of human trafficking or illegal work and he/she cooperates with a pre-trial investigation authority or a court of law in the fight against human trafficking or against crimes related to human trafficking or illegal work
  • he/she intends, under an employment contract concluded with a science and study establishment registered in the Republic of Lithuania, to work as a lecturer or conduct research and/or development (social, cultural) as a researcher
  • he/she has gained a long-term resident’s status in another European Union Member State and has a permission to reside issued by that country
  • at least 300 EUR per month (3600 EUR per year) of income and a place of residence in Lithuania (registered rent agreement or written consent of the owner is required).

Your wife or even business partner will be able to become shareholder of your company and get residence permit as well. Talking about your children, so if they are under 18 years old they can come together with you and your wife and get residence permit automatically.

Step 1

Applications for long stay visa are accepted at the Lithuanian Visa Application Center.

Step 2

Before applying, please ensure you are clear on your purpose of visit. Do remember we are here to assist and help you the entire visa application process but we are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy / Consulate of Lithuania in India. You may refer to the link All about visas to understand details of various visa categories.

Step 3

Complete you visa application form and affix your photograph (not older than 6 months). Minors shall submit an application form signed by both parents exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship. Present a declaration of permission by both parents exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship in the case the minor is traveling alone or the parent exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship in the case the minor is traveling with the other parent only. The declaration has to be original and certified by public notary.

Step 4

Original passport which validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Schengen States. Please check out before applying whether your passport contains at least two blank pages and it has been issued within the previous 10 years.

Step 5

Please ensure that you furnish the required documents.

Step 6

Residence permit applications, with exceptions specified in the law, shall be submitted at the consular officer or at other locations authorized to receive residence permit applications which operates in the country of the applicant’s permanent residence or nationality. Book an appointment at Lithuanian Visa Application Centre and attend the interview with required documents. If required, while submitting the application, a photo portrait and – at applicants over 6 years of age – fingerprints will be taken for the issuing of the residence permit which contains biometric data. The applicant is expected to tolerate this procedure.

In case the regional directorate grants the issuance of the residence permit, it permits the issuance of the residence permit visa simultaneously and notifies the consular officer. The permanent residence visa is issued, based on the decision of the regional directorate, by the consular officer.


For the submission of the application for the temporary residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania applicants are requested to take a prior appointment by e-mail:

Step 7

Receive the visa in courier at your home.

Check Visa Procedure Guide for more details.

Your application shall be processed within 6 months since the submission thereof. Having received a notification about the decision and wishing to formalize the permit, you must address the nearest Migration Service. However, a positive decision on a permission to reside temporarily in Lithuania does not give you the right to stay in the country without a visa or to exceed the period granted for a visa-free stay.

State fee for document administration: 86 EUR (172 EUR for accelerated procedure)
Formalizing a temporary residence permit: 28 EUR (56 EUR for accelerated procedure)
The issuance of visa: 60 EUR


A temporary residence permit shall be issued for a period of one year; it may be issued for a shorter period of time, too. You may change their place of residence in Lithuania, depart from and return to Lithuania during their permit validity period. In order to get a Permanent Residence Permit in Lithuania, you are required to live in Lithuania for five years as a temporary residence permit holder, pay taxes, and pass Lithuanian language and State Constitution knowledge exam. Permanent residence permit will be issued with a period of five years. At the termination of this period (from a total of ten years), You can get a citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania.

  • Completed application form
  • A passport and its copy
  • 1 photo (40×60)) matching the age
  • Proofs of sufficient means of support (bank transcript or proof that you are receiving a scholarship) (at least 145 € per month).
  • Document concerning the place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania
  • Adequate medical insurance valid in Lithuania for at least of 5800€.
    • Overseas travel medical insurance valid for all Schengen-countries
    • The insurance has to cover the applicant for at least 30,000 Euros or equivalent, for all risks e.g. accident, illness, medical emergency evacuation
    • The policy has to clearly specify the period of validity and has to cover the entire duration of the trip including the date of arrival and departure
    • It needs to be renewed after one year
    • Refer MEDICAL INSURANCE to order the insurance in easy online procedure and understand the benefits in detail


Applicants are requested to bring 2 sets of documents (originals and copies). Documents in English or any other foreign language have to be translated into Lithuanian and attested. For detailed information check Documents Legalization. Consular fee- 100 EUR to be paid in cash at the time of submission.

Check Application Form & Documents Required for more detailed information.

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Which countries are part of the schengen area?

The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These countries apply a common visa policy for short stay visas.

What is a schengen visa?
A Schengen visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen State for:

  • A transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period (“short stay visa”),
  • A transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States (“airport transit visa”).

Generally the visa issued allows you to visit any of the Schengen States during the same trip, within the validity of the visa.

A Schengen visa is not appropriate, if you wish to remain in the Schengen area for longer than 90 days, take up employment or establish a business, trade or profession.

Can I work with the Hungarian resident permit?

To find out if you need a visa to enter a Schengen State, you can consult the overview on our website, click here.

1. Select your nationality and it will be indicated if you need a visa or not.
2. If you need a visa, you should select your country of residence and Schengen State of destination.
3. The consulate where you should apply will then be indicated and there will be a link to the website providing detailed information.
Please note, this information is not exhaustive and is intended as guidance only.

I am a family member of an eu-citizen. Are the standard requirements applicable to me?

Family members of EU citizens who have exercised their right of free movement (meaning that the EU citizen resides in or travels to a Member State other than his/her country of origin) benefit from certain procedural facilitations. The basic criteria to be fulfilled are the following:

  • the EU citizen has exercised his/her right of free movement
  • the family member (applicant) belongs to one of the categories covered by Directive 2004/38/EC
  • the family member (applicant) accompanies the EU citizen or joins him/her in the Schengen State of destination.
Can i cross the schengen border in country x, while the visa was issued by schengen country y?

As a general rule you may cross any Schengen border with visa issued by any Schengen country. However, the short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area.

How long can i stay in the schengen area on the basis of my visa?

The Schengen visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to the travel document. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of “90 days in any 180 days period”. This means that the total duration of stays is maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days.

The precise length of validity your visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”.

With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Number of entries” by “01”. A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by “02” or “MULT” under the heading “Number of entries”.

How long before the start of the intended visit should i apply for a visa?

Applications can be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended trip.

It is advisable to lodge an application at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit, taking into account also the national holidays of the Schengen State of destination and in the country where you apply for the visa.

Holders of a multiple-entry visa (valid for a period of at least six months) may lodge the application for a new visa before the expiry of that visa.

How much does it cost to apply for a visa?

The general visa fee of EUR 60 must be paid when you submit the visa application. The visa fee for children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years is EUR 35.

Nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements shall pay a fee of EUR 35. Please consult the list here.

The visa fee is waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

  • children under six years;
  • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
  • researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research;
  • representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations;
  • family members of EU/EEA citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.

Member States also apply other optional visa fees waivers. You can obtain detailed information on that from the consulate of the Schengen State where you will apply for the visa.

If you submit the application at an external service provider, you will also be charged a service fee.

My passport expires in two months’ time. Can i apply for a visa?

In principle you cannot. It is a requirement that the expiration date of your passport is 3 months AFTER your return from the Schengen area. However, in justified cases of emergency, the Consulate may deviate from this rule.

My visa has been issued by, for example, the german consulate. Could i use this visa to make a trip to other schengen states?

Yes. According to the Schengen rules, the Schengen visa is generally valid for all the Schengen States. Please note, however, that, in principle, you have to apply at the consulate of the Schengen State which is your primary or first destination. The territorial validity of you visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Valid For”. You will find information on how to read your visa sticker on this page of our website: How to read/understand the visa sticker.

Can i leave the schengen area and return again with my schengen visa?

Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry, two or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by “1”
With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries visa you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the visa.

I have a valid long stay visa/residence permit for a country that is part of the schengen area. Do i need another visa to travel to other schengen states?

No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States for the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of “90 days in any 180 days period”).

Do i have to present any other document at the schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the schengen visa?

The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example information to show that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

I have two connecting flights, including a schengen state airport. Do i have to apply for an airport transit visa or a short stay visa?
It is important to distinguish two situations:

  • transit through the international transit area of an airport of a Schengen State (onward journey where you do not leave the international transit area of the airport)
  • transit via the territory of a Schengen State albeit limited to an airport (onward journey where you leave the international transit area of the airport).

An airport transit visa (ATV) authorizes you to pass through the international transit zone at an airport of a Schengen State and to await there a connecting flight to a non-Schengen country. The ATV does not allow you to leave the international transit zone and to enter the Schengen territory (to stay at a hotel or to take an onwards flight to another Schengen State, for example).

Traveling to a Schengen State via another Schengen State airport is not considered an airport transit neither is travelling to a non-Schengen country via two Schengen State airports. All flights between two or more Schengen States are considered to be «domestic» flights. Depending on your nationality, you might need a short stay visa for entering the Schengen area – even if the stay of only lasts a few hours and you remain in the airport (outside the international transit zone).

Can my visa be extended?

When applying for a visa extension, you must show that due to force majeure, for humanitarian reasons or for serious personal reasons it is not possible for you to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of your visa or the authorized period of stay.

As a rule, the visa can only be extended if you have stayed less than 90 days the Schengen area, in the course of the past 180 days, and if your current visa is not expired.

Information on the authorities competent for extending visas in the different Schengen States can be found on website.

My visa has been refused. What can i do?

You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified by means of a standard form that is handed out by the Member State’s consulate that refused the visa. The notification of the refusal must include the reasons on which the refusal were based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal.

When a Member State represents another for the purpose of issuing visas (e.g. France represents the Netherlands), the appeal procedure will be that of the Member State who took the final decision, i.e. the representing Member State which is in this example, France.

You are free to apply again for a Schengen visa if your application has been refused earlier. However, it is recommended that you take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments, where necessary.

The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.