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EU/EEA citizens can work in Lithuania freely, but they must register their stay after three months. However, non-EU/EEA citizens will need to apply for a work visa, a work permit, or a residence permit to start working in Lithuania.

There are several types of work permits issued in Lithuania, but they usually include:

  • Work visa for highly skilled workers (EU Blue Card) 
  • Work visa for intra-company transfers. 
  • Work permit for employment in Lithuania.
  • Seasonal work visa.

To qualify for an EU Blue Card in Lithuania, you need to meet the following requirements to be considered a highly skilled worker:

  • You have a higher education.
  • You have at least five years of professional experience equivalent to higher education.
  • You have an employer in Lithuania who needs to hire you for your skills.
  • You will be paid at least 1.5 times the average monthly salary in Lithuania.
  • Your profession is listed in the list of professions that require a highly skilled qualification which is lacking in Lithuania.

If you qualify for an EU Blue Card, you will receive a temporary residence permit, usually valid for two years— you will be required to apply via MIGRIS (Lithuanian Migration Information System). In addition, your employer may be required to use the Employment Service’s territorial division to ensure your employment meets the requirements of the Labor Division.

You can apply for this type of work visa if your company is sending you to work with a branch of your company or the same company group located in the Republic of Lithuania. In addition, you are eligible for this visa if you will be transferred as a manager, a specialist, or an employee (including trainees or students who will start their internship).

To stay in the country, you must apply for a residence permit as soon as you enter the country via MIGRIS (Lithuanian Migration Information System).

This is one of the most common work visas you can get in Lithuania if you’ve found employment in Lithuania. However, for this type of visa, your employer may be required to first apply for a work permit from the Labor Services in Lithuania. Therefore, you must discuss this with your employer first to see which documents you must prepare.

If you receive a work permit, you must apply for a national D visa and enter the country. Although holders of work permits are usually not granted residence permits, they can stay in the country with their national D visa for up to a year.

A seasonal work permit is only issued if:

  • There is no suitable Lithuanian employee available for seasonal work.
  • You will work under an employment contract.
  • You have a place of residence in Lithuania.
  • Seasonal work is part of the list of jobs available at the Seasonal Work approved by the Minister of Social Security and Labor.

To apply for a Lithuania work visa, you must:

  • Obtain a work permit. The Lithuania Labour Exchange issues the work permit. Your employer needs to apply for this permit on your behalf— you need to provide your employer with several documents before they can apply to the Employment Services in Lithuania for a license. This step may not be required depending on the type of the work visa— your employer and Migration Department will let you know.
  • Locate the closest Lithuanian embassy or consulate. Before applying for a temporary residence permit, you must apply for a work visa at your country’s nearest embassy/consulate.
  • Fill out the application form for a national visa. The paper is available online on the Migration Department website and must state the type of visa you are applying for.
  • Collect all required documents. The requirements include documents such as a passport, a photo, valid health insurance, etc.
  • Attend the appointment. Submit the documents when you go to the embassy or consulate.
  • Wait for an answer. Processing times usually take around fourteen days.

After you enter Lithuania, you need to apply for a temporary residence permit. Please note that this is required only if your work visa leads to a residence permit in Lithuania. If you’re unsure if this applies to you, you need to contact the Migration Department in Lithuania for further information.

You must complete the application for a temporary residence permit via MIGRIS (Lithuanian Migration Information System). On the other hand, you also need to register your residence at the Migration Office, which will then send the data to the Centre of Registers. If your residence is under someone else’s name, you must also submit a permit signed by the owner.

The usual time needed to process a Lithuania work visa is around two weeks. However, you can start the application process up to six months before your planned trip to Lithuania. The earlier you apply for a Lithuanian work visa, the sooner you will get an answer on your application.

You will need the following documents when you apply for a Lithuania long-stay work visa:

  • A long-stay visa application form. You can usually find the application form online on the Migration Department website; click on the type of visa you want to apply for.
  • A mediation (invitation) letter. The letter must also include information about the Lithuanian employer and the employee.
  • A valid passport. The travel document must also have two blank pages available.
  • The work permit issued by the Lithuanian Labour Exchange. A Lithuanian employer must apply on your behalf.
  • Sufficient means of subsistence. You must submit a bank statement to showcase your regular income.
  • Health insurance. Prior health insurance is required before entering Lithuania. Afterwards, you can enrol on the national compulsory health insurance system.
  • Proof of no criminal record. The document cannot be older than three months.
  • Proof of professional accreditation. You must submit a document that showcases your qualifications for the job.

All documents must be legalised and must contain the apostille stamp before submission. The papers must also be written in or translated into Lithuanian.

The work visa, just like any other long-stay visa, costs €120. Although the visa application is made online, you are advised to pay the visa fee at the Lithuanian embassy or consulate. After paying the visa fee, you will be given a document that proves that you have paid the fee. You must add this document to your visa application.

A long-stay visa is issued for a maximum period of one year. You can extend it when you apply for a temporary residence permit, and your employer applies for an extension of the work permit. You can renew it annually. After five years, you can obtain a permanent residence permit and Lithuanian citizenship.

To extend your stay, you must apply to extend the work permit. Your employer must apply for an extension of the work permit one month prior to your permit expiration date. If your stay extends beyond one year, you must apply for a temporary residence permit to remain in Lithuania.

If you have a valid work and temporary residence permit, you can invite your family members to join you. For your family member to join you, they must apply for a family reunification visa. This visa will allow them to stay with you as long as your valid permit.

Working in Lithuania offers many advantages, from affordable living conditions to a quiet and peaceful lifestyle. But before applying for a work visa for Lithuania, there are some things you must know beforehand.

  • Health insurance. Health insurance is obligatory in Lithuania. All citizens residing in Lithuania must obtain health insurance or privalomasis sveikatos draudimas (PSD). You can also acquire health insurance in Lithuania at the National Health Insurance Fond (Valstybinė ligonių Kasa), a public service that issues medical insurance. However, you can only apply for health insurance if you have a valid temporary residence permit and are currently working in Lithuania.
  • Living Costs and the Average Salary. Living in Lithuania is affordable, one of the main reasons many foreigners want to live there. Living comfortably in Lithuania can cost from €800 to €1400, and an extra plus point is that the average salary for Lithuania is €1400 a month.
  • Nationals of EU and EFTA countries.
  • Foreigners with a permanent residence permit.
  • Third-country nationals who are family members of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and have a residence permit issued on the basis of family reunification.
  • Third-country nationals who have obtained residence permits on the basis of studies.
  • A foreigner whose profession is included in the list of professions for which there is a shortage of workers in the Republic of Lithuania, according to the type of economic activity (in this case, quotas are applied. Once the quota is exhausted, foreigners who intend to work in the Republic of Lithuania must obtain a work permit. You can monitor the established quotas here ). The list of the 2022 shortage of occupations can be found here. The list of the 2023 shortage of occupations is published here).
  • The salary to be paid to the foreigner will be no less than three average monthly gross wages.
  • A foreigner who intends to work as a trainee or an intern.
  • A foreigner who works remotely in Lithuania under an employment contract with a company operating in Lithuania.
  • A foreigner applying for a Blue Card.

For more information on who is exempted from the obligation to obtain a work permit or a decision on the compliance of foreign work with Lithuanian labour market needs, see here (Section 5, “Foreigners working in the Republic of Lithuania”).

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