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I intend to work as a researcher under an employment contract
I want to do research under an employment contract in a science and study institution registered in Lithuania. What should I do?
If you have a valid temporary residence permit or a national visa issued by another Member State of the European Union for the purpose of carrying out research and experimental development work, you may enter and stay in the Republic of Lithuania without a visa for up to 180 days within a 360-day period to carry out part of your research and experimental development work in a science and study institution.
You can get a national multiple-entry visa.
You can get a temporary residence permit
How do I get or renew a 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. These documents shall be added to the request:
Other valid temporary residence permit issued by another member state of the EU or national visa for the purposes of scientific researches and experimental development, if such were issued;
Documents affirming the issuance (changing) of the temporary residence permit:
Number of the mediation 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’)
If you arrive under a European Union or multilateral programme that includes mobility measures or an agreement between two or more science and study institutions, the mediation letter must indicate the specific programme or agreement name.
The mediation letter confirms that the science and study institution requesting to accept you as a researcher has evaluated the purpose, duration and qualification of the research and experimental development work as evidenced by a certified copy of the qualification document, and the fact that the institution has sufficient financial resources for research and development or experimental development work.
The employment contract must contain, in addition to the other terms of the employment contract:
name or purpose of research and experimental development work;
your commitment to perform research and experimental development work;
the commitment of the research organisation to accept you for research and development work;
the start and end dates of the research and experimental development work or the expected duration;
information about the intended movement in one or more Member States of the European Union if your movement is known.
The consent of the parents or one of them, the guardian (custodian) or another legal representative for the intended stay in the Republic of Lithuania if you are a minor;
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
7. The undertaking (confirmation) that you will declare your residence in a dwelling with a living area of at least 7 square metres for each adult person declaring a residence therein (to be confirmed by completing the application via MIGRIS).
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 1 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 15 calendar days;
Regarding the changing of permit:
Based on the general procedure - within 1 months;
Based on the urgent procedure - within 15 calendar days.
For obtaining of a temporary residence permit you are requested:
to arrive within your pre-booked timeslot at International House Vilnius (Konstitucijos pr. 3, Vilnius) or at a relevant territorial office of the Migration Department; or
For renewal of a temporary residence permit you are requested:
to arrive within your pre-booked timeslot at International House Vilnius (Konstitucijos pr. 3, Vilnius) or at a relevant territorial office of the Migration Department.
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 - 160.00 EUR;
Based on the urgent procedure - 320.00 EUR.
Upon arriving to the Migration Department at the booked time, your presence in Lithuania must be lawful;
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 - 1,5 - 3 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 applying for a residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania, you can declare your place of residence as you choose:
through the Migration Department, at the time of the reserved visit, by presenting the original documents and biometric data attached to the application for a residence permit;
at the municipality or municipality within 1 month of collecting the residence permit.
When completing the application for a residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania via the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS), you must indicate whether you wish to declare your place of residence via the Migration Department and confirm that you undertake to declare your place of residence in a suitable accommodation, where necessary.
If you choose to declare your place of residence through the Migration Department when applying for a residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania:
The declaration of residence data must be provided when completing your application, and you do not need to complete a separate declaration of residence.
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 “Centre 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).
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 “Centre 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 “Centre 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 the assistance of other family members living abroad.
They can apply for temporary residence permits at the same time as you. They will be issued temporary residence permits for the same period as your temporary residence permit. Please find the information on issuance of temporary residence permit on family reunion basis at www.migracija.lt (Service information > Citizens of other countries >Staying more than 3 months > Family > I want to receive/renew a temporary residence permit).
When do I have to apply for the renewal of a temporary residence permit?
An application for the renewal of a temporary residence permit with the accompanying documents must be submitted at least 1 workday 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 for a period of 2 years or, if your duration of work as a researcher is less than 2 years, for 3 months longer than the duration of this work.
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