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Getting an employment visa – work permit in Lithuania

If you have secured employment, a work visa allows you to remain in Lithuania for an extended period. If a Lithuanian company has shown interest in hiring you, they must also submit a work visa application on your behalf. Once you get a work visa, you may begin working in Lithuania from your home country. EU/EEA nationals are allowed to work in Lithuania freely, however, after three months, they must register their presence. However, to begin working in Lithuania, non-EU/EEA nationals must apply for a work visa, a work permit, or a residency permit.

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Types of work permits 

In Lithuania, a variety of employment permits are available, although typically they come in the following forms:

Highly skilled employees’ visas (EU Blue Card)

As a highly skilled worker in the country, you must have a higher degree. Five years of related experience is required. You must also have a job offer from a Lithuanian company that pays 1.5 times the average monthly income. Your career must be high-skilled and lacking in Lithuania. If you have a two-year EU Blue Card, you must apply to MIGRIS for a temporary residence visa. Your company may need to apply to the Employment Service’s territorial division to confirm your job meets Labor Division guidelines. 

Employment visa for intra-company transfers

If your employer is engaging with a branch of the same firm or the same company group in the Republic of Lithuania, you may apply for this kind of job visa. Additionally, if you will be moved as a manager, specialist, or employee, you qualify for this visa (including trainees or students who will start their internship). As soon as you arrive in the nation, you must apply for a residence visa through MIGRIS to remain.

Lithuanian work permit for employment

If you have a job in the country, this is one of the most popular job licenses. For this type of visa, your company may need to first apply for an employment permit from the Lithuanian Labor Services. To identify which papers you must write, you must first consult with your employer. If you are given an employment permit, you must apply for a national D visa and travel to the country. Even though those with job permits are not always granted residence permits, they are still allowed to stay in the country for up to a year with their national D visa. 

Visa for seasonal employment

The list of positions available for Seasonal Work is listed by the Minister of Social Security and Labor. A foreign national is only allowed seasonal work if there is no qualified Lithuanian employee available for such work. 

Lithuanian visa request

The procedure involved in obtaining a Lithuanian work visa includes:

Obtain the work permit

The work authorization is issued by the Lithuanian Labor Exchange. You must provide some documentation to your employer before they may submit an application on your behalf to the Employment Services in Lithuania for a permit. Depending on the kind of work visa, this step may not be necessary; your employer and the migration department will inform you of this.

Find the nearest embassy or consulate in Lithuania

At the closest embassy or consulate of your nation, you must first apply for a work visa before you can apply for a temporary residence permit.

Complete the national visa application form

The kind of visa you are seeking must be specified on the form, which is accessible online at the Migration Department website.

Assemble all necessary documentation

Documents like a passport, a picture, current health insurance, etc. are required.

Show up for the appointment

Whenever you visit the embassy or consulate, provide the documentation.

Await a response

The average processing time is fourteen days.

After entry into Lithuania

You must apply for a temporary residency permit after entering Lithuania. Please be aware that this is only necessary if your work visa results in a Lithuanian resident permit. Whether you’re unclear if this applies to you, you should get in touch with the Lithuanian Migration Department for further details. You must use MIGRIS to complete the temporary residency permit application. The Migration Office, on the other hand, will submit the information to the Center of Registers when you register your residency there. You must additionally submit permission signed by the owner if your home is registered in someone else’s name.

Lithuanian employment visa duration

A long-stay visa may be obtained for up to a year. When your company requests an extension of the work permit and you want a temporary residence permit, you may prolong it. One month before the expiry date of your work permit, your employer must apply for an extension. Each year, you may renew it. You may apply for citizenship in Lithuania and a permanent residency permit after five years. 

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