Lithuania Visas and Work Permits

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Lithuania Visas and Work Permits 

With several business and start-up incentives, low costs in administration, labor, and tax, and a strong work-life balance, Lithuania is an attractive business expansion option for foreign companies, entrepreneurs, and workers. However, Lithuanian visa and permit regulations require expert guidance as they vary according to the zones foreign nationals reside in: the European Union, European Economic Area, and outside zones are all affected by these regulations.

However, not all companies have the resources or the time to do all the legwork. At Bradford Jacobs, as a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with years of experience in Employer of Record (EOR) services, we have plenty of both to help you arrange the required visas and permits.

The required Visas and Permits in Latvia

Companies entering Lithuania’s robust market will find processing work permits and visas a major issue. Acquiring these documents, as well as implementing your employees in a new territory (both foreign and domestic) require an in-house specialist department – and every new country comes with its own demands. We are experts in Lithuanian recruitment and payroll and can ensure an employee’s swift implementation in Lithuania with the correct visa and permit documentation.

What types of Work Visas and Permits in Lithuania are there?

There are two types of Visas that one may apply for to enter Lithuania:

  • Schengen Visa (Short-Stay Visa C): 

Individuals who want to enter Lithuania for short-term purposes must apply for a Schengen Visa, except in the cases where visa-free administration is applied. The Schengen visa can be single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry. There is also a Schengen transit visa (A), which entitles a person to stay in the transit area of an international airport in Lithuania, during a stopover or change of an aircraft.

A foreigner who holds a short-stay visa may travel through the Republic of Lithuania or other Schengen states, as well as stay in Lithuania for not more than 3 months in a 6-month period.

  • National Visa (Long-Stay Visa D): 

Individuals who wish to enter and stay in the country for a longer period. These visa types are issued for no more than 1 year. There are two types of national visas:

• A single-entry national visa: issued to a foreigner granted temporary or permanent residence in Lithuania.

• A multi-entry national visa: issued to foreigners who go to Lithuania to work, study, conduct scientific research or engage in legal activities.

Lithuania has also introduced a Start-Up Visa, for entrepreneurs who wish to start-up their company base in Lithuania. This can be done easily and efficiently through an online portal but will require the necessary documents and procedures for incorporation, and business establishment must be completed in no less than 30 days upon permit approval/delivery.

How to obtain a Lithuanian Work Visa

For non-EEA employees to obtain a Long-Stay Visa for Lithuania, the individual requires gathering certain documentation. Documents may require being translated into Lithuanian or English, and must legalized or certified with an Apostille:

  • A valid passport: Your passport must be issued within the last 10 years, contain at least two blank pages, and be valid at least 3 months after the visa’s duration.
  • Photos: Passport photos that have been taken around the time of application, in color.
  • Letter of mediation: A letter of mediation from your employer, to be submitted electronically.
  • Work permit.
  • Proof of sufficient funds and means: Employees need to submit current bank statements of the last 6 months – the means must be minimum 1 monthly salary for one month, as well as means to return to the country of origin which is minimum 1 monthly salary.
  • Proof of health insurance: the sum insured must be for at least EUR 30,000.
  • The application form: which can be submitted electronically or by hand.

Employees applying for their work visa also need to acquire other documents pertaining to their employment:

  • A certified copy of a valid employment contract, which has been notarized or approved by a public authority. The employee’s salary must be (at least) equal to the National Minimum Wage, and equal to the national terms of employment.
  • Proof of employee’s qualifications and experience.
  • Any relevant certifications, licenses, references, or authorization.

How to Apply for work visa/work permit in Lithuania

To obtain a Long-Stay Visa (D), the employer must first apply for a work permit on behalf of the employee to the Lithuanian Labor Exchange. The employee should provide their employer with the following documents:

  • Proof of qualifications for the job – previous work experience (at least 1 year experience in the last 2 years), education certification
  • Personal information – passports, ID, etc.

Once this is done and approved, the employee must then apply for the work visa, which is done online:

  1. Fill in the national visa application form: this can be done online or by hand.
  2. Present documents: You need to present/attach the required documents you have collected to your online/offline application.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your embassy: Once application is done, you must make an appointment at your local Lithuanian embassy or consulate. This process may vary according to the regulation in your country of residence and might include an interview.
  4. Go to the embassy & give your biometrics: Your fingerprints need to be scanned and facial image taken (if you have not travelled to the Schengen Area in the last 5 years) at the Lithuanian embassy/consulate.
  5. Pay the visa fee: The payment process/requirements may also vary according to the country of residence, but in case of the online application, is also done online.

The process to submit and obtain work permits and national visas in Lithuania is relatively quick – the issue of a work permit is done within 7 business days, and the process time for a national D visa takes around 15 business days. However, it is best to apply ahead of time, in case of any possible delays.

How much is a Lithuania Work Visa?

National Visa applicants are subject to a national visa fee of EUR 120.

Working Visa / Permit for Lithuania

To legally work in Lithuania, members of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a work visa or work permit. A Long-Stay Visa D authorizes a person to enter Lithuania for a long period of time, but the need for a work permit and/or residence permit depends on the type of national visa, which varies according to the job and qualifications of the foreign national. Non-EEA nationals (in both cases) must also apply for social insurance and a tax number.

  • A multi-entry visa normally applies to employees who apply for a work permit and may only stay in Lithuania for a year (which can be renewed). Foreign nationals under this visa type require a work permit and residence permit.
  • A single-entry visa is normally appointed to foreign nationals whose professions are scarce or will be earning more than 1.5 times the average wage of Lithuania – this visa does not require the application of a work permit but does require a residence permit. However, this can vary according to the applicant.

Non-EU and non-EEA nationals may also be able to apply for an EU Blue Card – this is both a work and residence permit for highly-qualified non-EU workers who wish to work and live in the EU. To meet the qualifications, you will need:

  • Proof of your higher education qualification (university degree, transcripts, etc.), or in some case, proof of at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • An employment contract of at least a year (does not apply for self-employed work or entrepreneurs).
  • A higher-than-average salary compared to the average salary of Lithuania (except when the lower salary threshold applies).
  • The necessary travel documents – health insurance, travel itinerary, etc.
  • Proof you completed the legal requirements to practice your profession, where this is regulated.

Business Visa Lithuania

Any person from a non-EEA country who needs to travel to Lithuania to engage in business-related activities will need to apply for a Business Visa. The type of Visa needed is a Short Stay Visa C. The application for this visa requires the following documents:

  • An invitation letter from the Lithuanian company you will be visiting, which includes their address and the dates of your visit.
  • A certificate from your employer stating your business travel.
  • A business bank statement of the last 6 months.
  • Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies (if applicable)
  • An original certified copy of the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (registered with joint stock companies), their trade license (first issue and most recent renewal), as well as any proprietorship or partnership documents.
  • The employer or partner company must state expense coverage on the letter or invitation.

The maximum validity of a Lithuanian Short Stay Visa C is 3 months within a 6-month period, and costs EUR 80. However, the time validity of this visa may vary, according to what your embassy grants you.

Lithuania Visa for EU citizens

Work visas and permits for Lithuania are not required for EU and EEA nationals, regardless of the purpose or length of stay. However, EU nationals must have a National ID Card or passport that is valid for the duration of their stay.

However, if EU/EEA nationals plan to stay in Lithuania over 90 days, they must register for a temporary residence permit (which is valid for 1-2 years), or a permanent residence permit (which is valid for 5 years).

  • An application form: Can be found online through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS), or even submitted electronically.
  • A valid passport.
  • A recent photograph.
  • Documents confirming the grounds for issuing the temporary residence permit.
  • Proof of sufficient funds.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • A criminal conduct certificate.
  • Proof of health insurance (coverage must be at least EUR 6,000).
  • A list of their visits and stays in foreign states (it is legally required for the authorities to mark whether a foreigner has been to certain states).
  • Documents confirming the legal stay (work visas, etc.) if the application is being submitted in Lithuania.

Document copies, as well as documents issued by foreign states must be legalized or certified with an Apostille (certain countries are exempt from this) and translated to Lithuanian before submission.

The state fees for submission are EUR 120 or EUR 240 for urgent processing. However, in certain cases an applicant can be exempt from payment of these state fees and must submit EUR 28 or EUR 56 for urgent processing. The application is normally considered no later than within 4 months from the date of the application. If applied on an urgent basis, no later than within 2 months from the date of submission.

Lithuania Visa for USA citizens

American Citizens who wish to enter Lithuania do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes, due to the Schengen Agreement. From end 2022, however, they will need an ETIAS – which is an electronic travel authorization, with an online application that is simple, fast, and efficient.

If traveling to Lithuania for longer than 90 days, an application for a visa is required, which must include the following documents:

• Download the application form and fill out by hand or fill it in electronically.

• 2 passport photos – recent, whole-face with a light background.

• Your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date, and have at least 2 blank pages, as well as copies of previous Schengen Visas (if applicable).

• A copy of your travel itinerary.

• Proof of European travel medical insurance of a minimum of EUR 30,000 coverage within the entire Schengen Area.

• A cover letter stating the purpose of the visit to Lithuania.

• Proof of accommodation.

• Proof of sufficient funds.

• Proof of civil status (if required).

To work and live in Lithuania, US citizens also require work and residence permits

Lithuania Visa for Canadian citizens

Canadian citizens do not require a Schengen visa to travel to Lithuania, or any other country in the Schengen Area. From end 2022, however, they will also have to apply for an ETIAS, an electronic travel authorization for short-stays in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

However, if you plan to travel for more than 90 days, especially for work or study, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa, a work permit and/or residence permit, and provide the following documents:

• Download the application form and fill out by hand or fill it in electronically.

• 2 passport photos – recent, whole-face with a light background.

• Your passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the return date, and have at least 2 blank pages, as well as copies of previous Schengen Visas (if applicable).

• A copy of your travel itinerary.

• Proof of European travel medical insurance of a minimum of EUR 30,000 coverage within the entire Schengen Area.

• A cover letter stating the purpose of the visit to Lithuania.

• Proof of accommodation.

• Proof of sufficient funds.

• Proof of civil status (if required)

Lithuania Visa for China

Chinese citizens require a valid visa to enter the Schengen Area, regardless of the duration of their stay. However, if a citizen has a diplomatic or service passport, they are exempt from acquiring a visa (depending on their length of the stay).

To find employment in Lithuania, Chinese citizens require a work visa, work permit, as well as a residence permit. Documents must be submitted with an English or Lithuanian translation.

Lithuania Visa for UK Citizens

In January 2021, the rules for traveling to the Schengen Area have changed due to Brexit. UK citizens can travel to the Schengen Area without a visa for up to 90 days within any 180-day period, regardless of the purpose of your visit.

However, to stay longer than 90 days (for work or study, for example), you will have to apply for a visa and the relevant permits.

You must have at least 6 months validity after your departure date on your passport, and you may have to show proof of travel (itinerary, accommodation, etc.), as well as proof of funds at border control.

Get in touch with Bradford Jacobs

If you are expanding your business into Lithuania and would like to know more about the country’s visa and work permit requirements and compliance, contact us today!