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I have completed my studies in Lithuania and intend to work
I want to work in Lithuania under an employment contract. How do I get a temporary residence permit?
You need the assessment of conformity to the needs of Lithuanian labor market.
First of all, you must electronically via the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) fill-out the request to issue or change the residence permit and include digital copies of the documents being added to this request. After filling-out the request and booking the visitation time via MIGRIS, within 4 months from the day of filling-out the request via MIGRIS you must personally address in regards to the issuance (changing) of temporary residence permit and submit the biometric data, as well as original documents. These documents shall be added to the request:
Documents affirming the issuance (changing) of the temporary residence permit:
Number of the facilitation letter submitted by the employer via the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) (shall be indicated when filling-out the request regarding temporary residence permit via ‘MIGRIS’);
The employer must ascertain that you have the document confirming your qualification (e.g., diploma or certificate).
If the facilitation letter indicates that your monthly wage is less than 1 MMW, the document about sufficient subsistence funds;
The value of subsistence funds is one minimum wage per month. This can be the bank certificate.
The undertaking, that you will declare your place of residence in the dwelling, the residential area of which for one adult person, who declared their place of residence therein, will be no less than 7 square meters, when this is necessary;
Certificate regarding conviction/non-conviction;
It shall be needed only when you are for the first time addressing in regards to the residence permit. These are the certificates issued by the competent institutions of foreign countries, wherein you lived prior to entering the Republic of Lithuania or have been living for the past 2 years (save for those cases when you were living in the foreign country less than 6 months within 12 months period) affirming that you were/were not convicted therein. The translated in to Lithuanian language, as well as legalized and/or certified (Apostille), when this is needed, certificates must be issued no sooner than 6 months prior to the day of submitting the application regarding the residence permit. If you were convicted, the certificate must indicate when and for which criminal activity you were convicted, what was the sentence awarded and has it been carried-out;
The certificate stating that you were not convicted may be submitted in English or a certified-by-the-interpreter’s-signature translation to English from a different language may be submitted.
The certificate is not required if you have a valid temporary residence permit and you have declared your residence in the Republic of Lithuania.
You must pay the public fees:
For the acceptance, review of the request to issue/change the temporary residence permit, adoptions of decisions and issuance of the temporary residence permit;
Based on the general procedure - 120.00 EUR;
Based on the urgent procedure - 240.00 EUR.
In regards to the issuance/changing of the temporary residence permit, you must:
At the booked time address the territorial department of the Migration Department
The decisions regarding temporary residence permits are accepted and temporary residence permits issued:
Regarding the issuance of permit:
Based on the general procedure - within 4 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 2 months;
Regarding the changing of permit:
Based on the general procedure - within 2 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 1 month.
Upon arriving to the Migration Department at the booked time, your presence in Lithuania must be lawful;
Upon submitting the request to issue or change the temporary residence permit, you may be issued a multiplex national visa, the validity duration of which is no more than 5 months from the day of submitting the request regarding the issuance or changing of the temporary residence permit in Lithuania;
If a national visa, which is valid for 1 year, or a couple of national visas, the total validity period of them is 1 year, was/were issued for you and you intend to submit a request regarding the issuance of temporary residence permit, then in order to be able to stay in Lithuania for the duration of the review of request you should submit this request upfront - 2-4 months until the end of the validity period of the national visa.
I have an employment contract with my employer but I do not yet have a temporary residence permit – can I work?
You cannot. You can work legally only when you obtain a temporary residence permit.
How can I declare place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania?
If you are submitting a request to issue Lithuanian Republic residence permit, you may choose to declare your place of residence:
By arriving at the booked visitation time at the Migration Department to submit the original documents and biometric data to the request to issue the permit;
At the township or municipality within 1 month from the withdrawal of residence permit.
When filling-out the request to issue the temporary residence permit via the Lithuanian Migration Information System (‘MIGRIS’) you must affirm that you undertake to declare your place of residence in a respective dwelling and when filling-out the request to issue permanent residence permit the aforementioned undertaking may be added in the column “Valid Travel Document” (lith. Galiojantis kelionės dokumentas).
If you choose to declare your place at the Migration Department, when submitting the request to issue the residence permit:
You need to indicate the data about the place of residence in Lithuania when filling-out the request, you do not need to additionally fill-out the place of residence declaration.
When you fill-out the request to issue the residence permit via ‘MIGRIS’, you must add documents affirming your right to declare the place of residence in the dwelling. This can be:
- The consent of the owner, co-owner or their authorized representative of the dwelling to live in the dwelling belonging to the owner (co-owners). The consent of the owner (co-owner) must be confirmed by the notary or elder.
If non-confirmed consent of the owner (co-owner) is submitted, the owner (co-owner) must arrive at the Migration Department with you at the booked visitation time - the employee of the Migration Department accepting your request will confirm the consent of the owner (co-owner).
If the personal identification number has been given to the alien, for whom someone commits, in the Republic of Lithuania, consent may be concluded via www.igalojimai.lt. By choosing this method, in the description of the power of attorney service, the owner (co-owner) shall indicate that they agree to allow to settle-in and declare the place of residence in the dwelling belonging to the owner (co-owner) based on the right of ownership, by indicating the address of the dwelling. In this case, you will have to indicate the identification code given to the power of attorney to the employee of the Migration Department.
- Lease or loan-for-use agreement is concluded with the natural person or legal entity. The agreement need not be notarized or registered at SE “Center of Registers”;
- Letter issued by the legal entity confirming the right to settle-in the premises belonging to the legal entity or the document confirming about the accommodation at the hotel, or the granted hostel.
When filling-out the request to issue the temporary residence permit, one of the aforementioned documents may be added to the column “Document Regarding the Suitable Dwelling in the Republic of Lithuania” (lith. Dokumentas dėl tinkamos gyvenamosios patalpos Lietuvos Respublikoje), while filling-out the request to issue the permanent residence permit, one of the aforementioned documents may be added to the column “Valid Travel Document”.
You may also submit the aforementioned documents upon arriving at the Migration Department at the booked visitation time in order to submit to the request the biometric data and original documents.
If the dwelling belongs to you on the right of ownership or the lease, or loan-for-use agreement concluded with the natural person or legal entity is registered in the SE “Center of Registers”, you need not submit the documents confirming these circumstances to the Migration Department.
If you choose to declare your place of residence in the township after withdrawing the residence permit:
After withdrawing the residence permit at the Migration Department, within 1 month from the day of withdrawing the document, you will have to go to the township and declare your place of residence in accordance to the procedure determined by the Director of SE “Center of Registers”.
Administrative liability may be applied for non-adherence to the requirement to declare your place of residence in Lithuania.
Can I bring family members?
Can I change the employer or may job function with the same employer?
During the temporary residence permit, you can only work with the employer who has undertaken to employ you.
If you want to change your employer or work position with the same employer, you must contact territorial division of the Migration departament.
When do I have to apply for the renewal of a temporary residence permit?
An application for the renewal of a temporary residence permit in general procedure with the accompanying documents must be submitted at least 2 months in advance and an application for changing a temporary residence permit and supporting documents must be submitted at least 1 month before the expiry of the temporary residence permit, but not earlier than 4 months in advance.
For how long will I get a temporary residence permit?
A temporary residence permit will be issued or renewed for the duration of your work in the Republic of Lithuania but for a period not exceeding 2 years.
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