Law on the Legal Status of Aliens (2018 Amendment)
Lietuvos Respublikos įstatymas 'Dėl užsieniečių teisinės padėties' (Original language title)
The law ‘On the Legal Status of Aliens’ regulates issues relating to alien legal status in the Republic of Lithuania. The law establishes procedures for entry and exit, temporary and permanent residence, granting of asylum, integration and naturalisation, as well as the procedure for appealing decisions regarding legal status.
In 2018, amendments to the law, proposed by the Ministry of the Interior, were approved. The new amendments expand the possibilities to obtain a temporary residence permit in Lithuania for foreign students and graduates who have completed their studies or carried out research in Lithuania. Such students are now able to remain in the country for another nine months.
The extension of the duration of stay in Lithuania for foreign graduates is expected to help solve the lack of highly qualified workers in the country. It is expected that the amendments will encourage students and researchers from abroad to look for a job, start self-employment and integrate in Lithuanian society.