Work permit in Lithuania
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 Across The Globe, 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.
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.
- 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.
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