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Moving to Lithuania

Planning or considering a move to Lithuania? Here you will find all the important information you’ll need.

The ABC of moving to Lithuania
Everyday life


Migration procedures

First off, you will have to gather all the documents you need to confirm your right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania.

For EU citizens

Standard EU procedures apply to EU citizens wanting to live and work in Lithuania. To stay for up to 90 days, you simply need your ID card or passport. If you want to stay longer, you will need to submit the following documents to the Migration department:

  • a completed temporary or permanent residency application form
  • your passport or ID card
  • an employment contract or a letter from an employer confirming that they will employ you
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For non-EU citizens

There are two main ways how to obtain a permit: you can either get a job offer and then apply while still living in your current country, or you can come to Lithuania and then apply for the permit. If you choose to apply when in Lithuania, you will not be able to start work until you have received your permit. Depending on what sort of permit you are applying for, it might take 3 weeks to 4 months. You can read about all the permit options available for third country nationals here.

For highly qualified work different procedures apply. The following 3 step procedure is normally used:

Step 1: Get a Schengen Visa. A Schengen Visa allows you to stay in Lithuania for a total period of 90 days. These days need to be utilised within a 180-day period. A Schengen Visa is relatively easy and quick to get. More information on the application procedure can be found here.

Step 2: Get an EU Blue Card. An EU Blue Card is a permit that allows you to legally reside and work in Lithuania with your family, and to move to a different member state of the EU to do highly qualified work. It is valid for up to 3 years and can be extended for up to 3 years. You will become eligible for a permanent residence permit after 5 years. You can find all the information on how to apply for a EU Blue Card here.

Step 3: Formalize your EU Blue Card. When you receive a confirmation letter from the Migration Department that your Blue Card application has been successful, you will then need to formalise your Blue Card. To apply for formalisation, you’ll need a completed application form, a passport or ID card, a Schengen Visa (C) or National Visa (D). If you submit your documents to a diplomatic mission, upon receipt of the confirmation of your Blue Card, you will be issued a National Visa (D) to complete the process. You will need to submit the necessary documents to the Migration department. The application process will then take from 5 days (fast-track) to 10 days (standard). A standard application costs 28 EUR whereas a fast-track application 56 EUR.

Be ready for the unexpected

It is highly recommended that you appoint power of attorney to someone in your home country before you leave. This will then make it easier for you to access any official documents from your home country after you have left.


Getting to Lithuania

It takes only 3 hours from most European capitals to reach Lithuania by plane. You can choose to fly to one of our 3 international airports:

If you‘d like to get here by train, you can find out more about Lithuanian railways here.

Bringing a vehicle from abroad

If you’re intending to bring your car with you to Lithuania, you’ll need to register it before you hit those lovely Lithuanian country roads. Don’t forget that your driver’s licence, car insurance, personal ID and car ownership documents should be carried at all times. Read more about it here.

 Bringing your pet

We are a very pet friendly country, so the more the merrier! Just make sure you follow the rules:

  • Your pets need to have been microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and must have a current certificate of health from a vet.
  • If you travel by plane, on arrival you’ll be asked to submit your pet for a special examination.
    Find out more at www.pettravel.com


Welcome! In the other sections of this site you’ll find all the info you’ll need to relocate to Lithuania. If something is missing, send us a message at info@workinlithuania.lt