Restoration of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

Restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania means the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania to a person who has lost the formerly held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania.

According to the provisions of the Part 1 of the Article 21 of the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania of 2 December 2010 (hereinafter – Law on Citizenship):

  • a person who has lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may have citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored on his application;
  • a person who has lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may have citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored only once;
  • a person who has been granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania by way of exception may not, after losing citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, have it restored.

A person who was granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation and who lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may have citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored on his application, provided he meets the following conditions:

  1. he is not a citizen of another state or expresses his will in writing to renounce his citizenship of another state after he has citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored;
  2. he has been legally permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania for the last five years;
  3. at the time of the application for the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and the decision regarding the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, he has the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Lithuania;
  4. he has legal means of subsistence;
  5. there are no circumstances specified in Article 22 of this Law.

Under the same conditions specified in the Law on Citizenship, citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may also be restored to a person who has lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, where he acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before reaching 18 years of age because both or one of his parents had acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation.

A person who acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania by birth, who had citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania reinstated or was granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania under the simplified procedure and who subsequently lost it, may have citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored, provided he is not a citizen of another state.

This requirement shall not apply to a person who, pursuant to points 1– 4 of Article 7 of the Law on Citizenship, has the right to be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time:

  • he has acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and citizenship of another state at birth;
  • he is a person who was exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990;
  • he is a person who left Lithuania before 11 March 1990;
  • he is a descendant of a person who was exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 or who left Lithuania before 11 March 1990.

A person who has outstanding merits to the State of Lithuania as defined in the Law on Citizenship, who acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania by birth, who had citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania reinstated, who was granted citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania under the simplified procedure or through naturalisation and who has subsequently lost it may have citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania restored, provided there are no circumstances specified in points 1, 2 and 3 of Article 22 of this Law. Under the Law on Citizenship, outstanding merits to the Republic of Lithuania shall be any activities of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, which significantly contribute to the consolidation of the statehood of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as to the enhancement of its power and authority in the international community.

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.

According to the Article 22 of the Law on Citizenship, citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall not be restored 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, was sentenced to imprisonment in another state for a premeditated crime which is a grave crime under laws of the Republic of Lithuania, or was punished for a grave crime in the Republic of Lithuania, irrespective of whether or not the conviction for the crimes specified in this point 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.

Applications for the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be submitted to the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

A person must take an oath of allegiance to the Republic of Lithuania after the decree of the President of the Republic restores 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 restoration 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.

Submission of documents together with application

  1. A person having outstanding merits to the State of Lithuania who held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and who has later lost it.

Place of submission of application and documents 

Persons, residents of the Republic of Lithuania, shall submit their applications on the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through naturalisation, by birth, who had citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania reinstated or were granted citizenshio of the Republic of Lithuania under the simplified procedure and enclose the required documents through territorial police agencies according to their place of residence, and persons, who reside abroad – through the diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania or the Migration Department under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (L.Sapiegos str.1, Vilnius). A person who has outstanding merits to the State of Lithuania shall submit his application to the President of the Republic through the Office of the President of the Republic.

An application on the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania 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 the international treaties of the Republic of Lithuania or legal acts of the European Union establish other provisions.

Person shall pay the state fee - 53 EUR for examination of his application for the restoration of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania.

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 applications 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: 2017-04-11 08:35:06