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Granting of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through Naturalisation

Granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation is one of the grounds to acquire the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, when citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania is granted to a person who meets the conditions for granting citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania as laid down in the Part 1 of Article 18 of the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania of 2 December 2010 (hereinafter – the Law on Citizenship):

  1. he has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania for the last ten years;
  2. at the time of the application for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and the decision regarding the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, he has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  3. he has passed an examination in the state language (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  4. he has passed an examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  5. he has legal means of subsistence;
  6. he is a stateless person or a citizen of a state under the law of which he shall lose citizenship of that state on acquiring citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, or expresses his will in writing to renounce his citizenship of another state after he is granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;
  7. there are no circumstances specified in Article 22 of this Law.

*Information on the examination in the state language and the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is available on the internet site of Education Development Centre (address D. Katkaus str. 44, Vilnius, phone (8 5) 275 2362).

According to Article 22 of the Law on Citizenship, citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall not be granted to persons who:

  1. prepared, attempted to commit or committed international crimes such as aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crime;
  2. prepared, attempted to commit or committed criminal acts against the Republic of Lithuania;
  3. prior to coming to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, were sentenced to imprisonment in another state for a premeditated crime which is a grave crime under laws of the Republic of Lithuania, or were punished for a grave crime in the Republic of Lithuania, irrespective of whether or not the conviction for the crimes has expired;
  4. in accordance with the procedure laid down by law, is not entitled to obtain a document attesting to the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania.

Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be granted considering interests of the Republic of Lithuania.

Applications for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation shall be submitted to the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

A person must take an oath after the decree of the President of the Republic grants citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. A person acquires rights, freedoms and responsibilities of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania only after having taken the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Lithuania.

Repeat applications for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania submitted by persons who have not taken the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Lithuania within the time limits and in accordance with the procedure established shall not be considered, unless the person concerned missed this time limit for particularly serious reasons.

An application for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation shall be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. a document confirming the person‘s identity;
  2. a document confirming, that at the time of filling his application the person concerned has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  3. a document certifying that the person concerned has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania for the last ten years;
  4. a document confirming that the person concerned has legal means of subsistence;
  5. a document proving that the person has passed the examination in the state language and the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision);
  6. a certificate, issued by a competent foreign institution of the state where the person was resident prior to coming to the Republic of Lithuania, proving that he was not sentenced to imprisonment in another state for a premeditated crime which is a grave crime under laws of the Republic of Lithuania, or was not punished for a grave crime in the Republic of Lithuania, irrespective of whether or not the conviction for the crimes has expired.

Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may be granted to the person, who has entered into a marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania and has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania together with his spouse for the last seven years, if the person meets the following conditions:

  1. at the time of submitting his application on the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and taking the decision on the granting of the Republic of Lithuania, the person concerned has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  2. the person has passed the examination in the state language (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  3. the person has passed the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  4. he is a stateless person or a citizen of a state under the law of which he shall lose citizenship of that state on acquiring citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, or expresses his will in writing to renounce his citizenship of another state after he is granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;
  5. there are no circumstances specified in Article 22 of the Law on Citizenship.

*Information on the examination in the state language and the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is available on the internet site of Education Development Centre www.ups.smm.lt (address, D. Katkaus str. 44, Vilnius, phone (8 5) 275 2362).

Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may be granted to the person, who has entered into a marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who is a deportee, political prisoner or his child, born in exile, if the person meets the following conditions:

  1. after entering into marriage he has moved to reside permanently to the Republic of Lithuania;
  2. he has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania together with his spouse, who is a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, for the last five years;
  3. at the time of submitting his application on the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and taking the decision on the granting of the Republic of Lithuania, the person concerned has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  4. the person has passed the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  5. he is a stateless person or a citizen of a state under the law of which he shall lose citizenship of that state on acquiring citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, or expresses his will in writing to renounce his citizenship of another state after he is granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;
  6. there are no circumstances specified in Article 22 of the Law on Citizenship.

*Information on the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is available on the internet site of Education Development Centre (address D. Katkaus str. 44, Vilnius, phone (8 5) 275 2362).

Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may be granted to the person, who has lived in the Republic of Lithuania for over a year while being married to a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who later died, if the person meets the following conditions:

*Information on the examination in the state language and the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is available on the internet site of Education Development Centre www.ups.smm.lt (address D. Katkaus str. 44, Vilnius,  phone (8 5) 275 2362).

Person, who has entered into marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, applying for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuanian through naturalisation, shall submit the following documents together with his application:

  1. a document certifying the person’s identity;
  2. a marriage certificate;
  3. a document proving citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania of a spouse;
  4. a document proving that a spouse is a deportee or political prisoner, if for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania the person, who has entered into marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, who is a deportee or political prisoner or their child, born in exile;
  5. a death certificate of a spouse, if for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania the person, who has lived in the Republic of Lithuania for over a year while being married to a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who later died;
  6. a document confirming, that at the time of filling his application the person concerned has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  7. a document evidencing that a person, after entering into a marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania together with his spouse for the last seven years; or a document certifying that a person, after entering into a marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who is a deportee, political prisoner or their child, born in exile, has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania together with his spouse for the last five years; or a document certifying that a person, who has lived in the Republic of Lithuania for over a year while being married to a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who later died, has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania for the last five years.
  8. documents proving that the person has passed the examination in the state language (a person, who has entered into a marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who is a deportee, political prisoner or his child, born in exile, shall not be affected by this provision) and the examination in the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania (persons who have reached 65 years of age, persons whose capacity for work has been rated at 0-55 percent, and persons who have reached pensionable age and been assessed in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts as having high or moderate special needs, as well as persons with serious chronic mental disorders shall not be affected by the provision)*;
  9. a certificate, issued by a competent foreign institution of the state where the person was resident prior to coming to the Republic of Lithuania, proving that he was not sentenced to imprisonment in another state for a premeditated crime which is a grave crime under laws of the Republic of Lithuania, or was not punished for a grave crime in the Republic of Lithuania, irrespective of whether or not the conviction for the crimes has expired.

Legal permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania means the uninterrupted residence of a citizen of another state or a stateless person in the Republic of Lithuania, holding a document entitling or attesting to the right of residence in the Republic of Lithuania, for the period specified in this Law. A person shall be considered to reside in the Republic of Lithuania uninterruptedly during a one-year period, provided he has been resident in the Republic of Lithuania for at least six months during that year.

If the person, who holds citizenship of another state, applies for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation, except the person has acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania while being in possession of a refugee status in the Republic of Lithuania, he shall submit a written statement to the effect that he will renounce his citizenship of another state after he has citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania granted.

The persons shall submit their applications on the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation and enclose the required documents through territorial police agencies according to their place of residence.

An application on the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation shall be formed in Lithuanian, and the enclosed documents shall be translated to Lithuanian if they are written in other language.

If a person submits copies of his documents, all the copies shall be validated by a public notary.

Documents issued by the foreign institutions shall be legalized or validated by Apostille according to the procedures established by the legal acts, except the cases when according to the international treaties of the Republic of Lithuania or legal acts of the European Union establish other provisions.

Person shall pay the state fee - 51 EUR for examination of his application for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation.

The state fees shall be paid prior to rendering of services provided by the state institutions.

Remark. The person may pay the state fee for examination of application for citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania in any city, town, and district of the state, no matter where he submits his documents.

Paskutinis atnaujinimas: 2015-01-16 09:04:45