The country of hills, waters and greenery - Lithuania
is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. With some of the picturesque
scenic beauty to witness, Lithuania is progressively emerging as an ideal
destination to immigrate on account of its attractive geographical location
and gateway to Europe. Lithuania offers temporary residence visa to experienced
businessmen and entrepreneurs on fair eligibility conditions.
The largest and most densely inhabited out of the three Baltic States,
Lithuania is attired with every fine grain required to make an idealistic
immigration destination to work, study or reside on a permanent basis.
Talking about the country`s economy, the country experienced a steady
progress since its independence in the year 1991. From budding employment
options to augmented trades, the country is experiencing a tide of growth
this particular era!
Immigrating to Lithuania
This Baltic state has been witnessing a phenomenal growth
over past few years and is reckoned as one of the most rapidly prospering
economies of EU. Although this destination is yet so popular with Indians,
but nevertheless many Indian migration aspirations have started realizing
benefits of emigrating to this relatively young economy with a lot of
potential for development.
Process of immigration to this country starts with filing for provisional
residence permission - TRP. TRP enables a foreign citizen (Non-EU citizens)
to reside in Lithuania on provisional basis for a term specified on visa
document or one year.
Procuring a Lithuanian TRP is quite easy as compared to other EU nations
as you do not need to possess considerable work exposure or any specific
trade qualifications to be eligible for TRP. But it is desired in general
that you must have a good academic record and qualifications along with
appropriate linguistic skills in English.
As per section 40 of statutes on legal standing of foreigners in Lithuania
TRP is usually awarded in cases where a foreign citizen
- Continues to maintain eligibility
for citizenship of Lithuania (section 41)
- Wishes to reunite with family
- Gain employment in the country
- Wishes to establish business
in legal and permitted activities (section 45)
- Aims undertake an academic course
in Lithuania (section 46)
- Is under guardianship (section
- Has been an affected party in
human trafficking racket and is assisting authorities in ongoing investigations
or in battling menace of human trafficking (Para1 of section 49)
- Wishes to conduct scientific
research (Para 2 of section 49)
- Is under secondary or provisional
protecting in Lithuania
- Is not able to leave country
on basis of health issues
- Cannot be expatriated from Lithuania
It is essential here that a migrant must obtain a residence
permission before entering the country. Permission is granted by migration
department functioning under Ministry of interior. It usually takes upto
a maximum of
- 6 months for processing and
deciding on a TRP request
- 4 months in case you hold a
long tenure residential permission of another EU member
Renewal of TRP must be filed atleast 60 days (maximum
upto 120 days in advance) before the expiry of provisional visa. The decision
to renew the provisional permission is awarded with 2 months of filing
such a request. It must be clearly understood here that failure to use
the permission within 3 months of grant or renewal of TRP results in invalidation
of issued permission.
A migrant can advance to file for permanent residence permission (PRP)
beyond 5 years of uninterrupted residence in Lithuania. Renewable PPR
is awarded for a period of 5 years. There are certain preliminaries that
a migrant must fulfill while requesting for a PR including substantiating
- Linguistic skills in Lithuanian
- Confirming to Schengen border
- Financial credentials to finance
residence in Lithuania etc.
Temporary Residence Visa
It is essential for the applicant to know that no specific/minimum
requirement/ work experience or qualification or significant part travel
history is required to apply for the Lithuanian Temporary Residence Permit.
But obvious preference would be given to applicants having good academic
and professional qualifications over the other, hence providing them with
that much needed upper hand. Additionally, being bedecked with ace English
language skills would add chocolates in the already sweet pudding! Overall,
underlying key eligibility factor is business experience and personal
net worth of the applicant as also his proposed business plan that will
help him in becoming a successful resident.
Basis on which your application may be refused:
- He is regarded as a threat to
national security/ health/public policies of the country.
- The documents are not submitted
in the right manner/ or submitted in a forged way.
- If Immigration office is not
convinced of purpose and objective of the application or the likelihood
of the applicant to succeed in Lithuania.
Further, as a holder of Lithuanian Temporary Residence
Permit, the alien can apply for the Lithuanian Permanent Residence Permit
after fulfilling certain mandates like clearing the Lithuanian language
exam and maintaining his residence stay for first five years.
File the Application At Local Lithuanian Embassy/Consulate
Under this option, the application is prepared and filed
at Local Lithuanian Embassy. The Embassy then forwards the application
to Immigration Office in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Immigration office reverts
with decision to the Embassy and the Embassy then let the applicant know
about the decision. IF biometric facilities are not available at Local
Embassy, the applicant may have to fly down to Vilnius to collect TRP
Card. Overall application processing time could be around 6-12 months
though normally "informed" application processing time frame is around
The applicant can get the Lithuanian Permanent Residence Permit (PRP)
after five years of continuous stay in the Lithuanian Republic and clearing
the Lithuanian language exam. The language examination normally focuses
on daily life used words and sentences and is limited in scope. The holder
of Lithuanian Temporary Resident Permit (TRV) after getting Permanent
Residence Permit (PRV) would be entitled with following advantages:
- With exception to vote in an
election, standing in the same and join police force/army in Lithuania,
the Permanent Resident Permit holders get all the rights entitled to
a native Lithuanian citizen.
- Permanent Resident Holders are
not required to get visa to travel amid nations that fall amid European
Union and Schengen zone.
- Lithuanian PRP holders have
the freedom to reside, get employment, study, do business, make investments
and even buy property in any country that fall amid European Union and
- Lithuanian PRP holders are permitted
to get social aid for certain facets like raising children, unemployment,
not able to work courtesy any accident, disability or paying rents.
- Holder of Permanent Resident
Visa and their children have the right to avail free education (with
the mandate that they should have Lithuanian as their language of study)
at school and highly subsidized education at University level. All schools
teach in English medium as well and higher education institutes have
special English language sections.
Citizenship of Lithuania
The highest level of legal residence status is offered
in the form of Lithuanian citizenship. The holder of Lithuanian Permanent
Resident Permit gets a majority of rights given to a Lithuanian born native,
yet avails the remaining under the Lithuanian Citizenship. Lithuanian
citizenship and passport holders:
- Are permitted for Visa Free
travel within nations that fall under EU and Schengen zone.
- Are not required to get visa
to travel to various nations. Some of them include the USA, Canada,
Australia, and New Zealand, to name a few.
- Are permitted to reside, gain
employment, study, do business, invest and even buy property in any
nation that fall under EU or Schengen zone.
- Have the right to give/ stand
in vote. Additionally, they are entitled to join Lithuanian police force/Army.
- Have the right to get the Lithuanian