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I intend to work as a teacher under an employment contract
I am invited to teach at a university or college under an employment contract. How do I get a permit or renew my temporary residence permit?
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. Your request may be accepted in a virtual manner, without the need for you to participate. You will have to arrive to the Migration Department and submit the biometric data, as well as the original documents being added to the request, after receiving the announcement regarding the submission of these documents and data. 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 Lithuanian Science and Studies Institution via the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) (shall be indicated when filling-out the request regarding temporary residence permit via ‘MIGRIS’);
Document about sufficient subsistence funds, if your monthly wage is less than 1 MMW;
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 decisions regarding temporary residence permits are accepted and temporary residence permits issued:
Regarding the issuance of permit:
Based on the general procedure - within 3 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 45 calendar days;
Regarding the changing of permit:
Based on the general procedure - within 2 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 1 month.
For obtaining or renewal of a temporary residence permit you are requested to arrive within your pre-booked timeslot at:
a relevant territorial office of the Migration Department or
International House Vilnius (Konstitucijos pr. 3, Vilnius)
If you wish that the request to issue the temporary residence permit would be accepted in a virtual manner, you do not need to arrive at the booked time of visitation.
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.
Upon arriving to the Migration Department at the booked time, your presence in Lithuania must be lawful;
If you wish that your request to issue the temporary residence permit would be accepted in a virtual manner, when filling-out the request via ‘MIGRIS’ together with the digital copy of the valid travel document (passport) please also add a free-form request regarding the virtual acceptance of the request to issue to temporary residence permit. After filling-out the request, reserve your visit at any which territorial division of the Migration Department and via E-Mail: [email protected] inform about your wish to accept the request in a virtual manner. You will not need to arrive to the territorial division of the Migration Department at the booked time of the visit. You will be informed about the acceptance (non-acceptance) of your request via your indicated E-Mail address;
In order for your request to issue the temporary residence permit to be accepted in a virtual manner, when filling-out the request via ‘MIGRIS’ you must upfront pay the public fee for the acceptance, review of the request to issue the temporary residence permit, adoptions of decisions and issuance of the temporary residence permit and add to the request 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;
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.
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?
Yes, you can. Family members are: your spouse, registered partner, unmarried and dependent underage children, your dependent parents if you have been supporting them for at least 1 year and they are unable to use assistance of other family members living in their country of residence.
Their applications for a temporary residence permit can be accepted in a virtual manner without their participation in-person. When filling in their applications via MIGRIS, family members when selecting the division of the institution for their visit should choose “Vilnius, Konstitucijos av. 3”. A digital copy of a valid travel document (passport) to be uploaded to the supporting documents upload field must be accompanied by a free-form request for the application for a temporary residence permit to be accepted in a virtual manner. The notification about the mentioned request must also be forwarded to the email address [email protected]. When filling in the application it is necessary to pay the state fee immediately and submit a health insurance document (except for minor children under 18 years of age). Once the Migration department will determine that none of the required documents is lacking, your family members will be notified via MIGRIS by asking them to arrive to the Migration department for submitting the biometric data (facial image and fingerprints) and the originals of the documents attached to the application. A temporary residence permit will be issued within a few days following your family member’s arrival to the Migration department for submission of the biometrics.
Your family members can also apply for a temporary residence permit under the usual application procedure: by choosing the state fee to be paid and the required documents (such as health insurance certificate) to be submitted upon their arrival to the Migration department for submission of the application at the pre-booked date of a visit.
They will be issued temporary residence permits for the same period as your temporary residence permit.
I arrive to implement government programmes. What should I do?
In this case you can get a national visa.
Can I come to teach under a copyright agreement?
In this case you can get a national visa.
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 to you or placed for a period of 2 years or, if your length of teaching is less than 2 years, for 3 months longer than the duration of this work.
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