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What do I need before leaving?

Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to work as a self-employed person in Lithuania? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.

In Lithuania only certain categories of self-employed persons can apply for a residence permit or a national long-term visa. If you are a sportsman, a trainer, a performer, an accredited journalist or you come to carry out governmental programmes, or you are a volunteer or a member of a recognised religious community, you must obtain a temporary residence permit or, if you qualify, a national long-term visa.



Where and how to apply

National long-term visa

If you meet any ground for issuing a multi-entry national visa, you may apply for it at the Lithuanian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. National long-term visa is issued within 15 days and allows you to enter and stay in the country for up to one year. If necessary, during the validity of the national long-term visa you can apply for a temporary residence permit while in the country.

Temporary residence permit

You should apply for a temporary residence permit at the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.  If you are staying legally in Lithuania, you can apply for a temporary residence permit at the migration services.

Application for a temporary residence permit will be forwarded to the Migration Department under the Ministry of Interior for processing. The decision to issue the residence permit is taken within 4 months at the latest. For an additional fee, the decision will be taken within 2 months at the latest. If you receive a positive decision and are outside the country, you will be issued a single entry national visa, if necessary, and you will be able to enter Lithuania and collect your residence permit here.

Note that in case you apply for extension of your residence in Lithuania, you should apply for a temporary residence permit before your previous temporary residence permit expires. Otherwise, you will have to leave the country and wait for your temporary residence permit while abroad.

Documents required

To obtain a temporary residence permit or a national long-term visa you must show:

  • a passport;
  • a photo;
  • sufficient financial resources;
  • adequate accommodation (in case of a residence permit);
  • health certificate (in case of the residence permit, you can present it later, before the end of the procedure);
  • where relevant, a mediation letter of an entity within which you intend to carry out your activity and a contract concluded between you and that entity;
  • where relevant, documents proving that you will carry out your activity.
In order to issue a temporary residence permit, 2 of your fingerprints will be taken. In order to issue a national long-term visa, 10 fingerprints will be taken.
Duration of validity of permits

Residence permits are issued for one year and can be renewed each time for a period of 2 years.

Further requirements Having received a temporary residence permit, you must declare your place of residence.
Appeals Decisions can be challenged before the Vilnius District Administrative Court within 14 days from the receipt of the decision and further before the Supreme Administrative Court.

Further information

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Family reunification

If you, being directly involved in projects of importance to Lithuania, have invested in Lithuania any property owned, borrowed or managed and used by the right of trust, you are immediately entitled to family reunification and do not need to wait for the two-year period of legal residence to be completed. Your family members may immediately apply for a temporary residence permit.

In other cases, general requirements for family reunification are applied.

Long-term residence

If you have been residing continuously and legally for five years in Lithuania, you can obtain a permanent resident’s status.

Basic knowledge of the language and of the Lithuanian Constitution will be tested.

More on permanent residence permits