New immigration and integration regulations now in force in Lithuania
Several recent amendments to regulations on immigration and integration in Lithuania have come into force as of 1 January 2019. At the end of December, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour adopted the most important document regulating migrant integration in Lithuania—the Action Plan for Integration of Foreigners in Lithuanian Society 2018-2020.
The Action Plan sets out integration indicator targets, the funding available for integration, and the institutions that implement integration measures. The main aim of the Action Plan is to strengthen migrant integration policies in Lithuania through measures targeting:
- Institutional cooperation
- Evaluation and monitoring
- Employment and education
- Migrant women integration and social services
- Links with host society
- Public attitudes
In addition to the adoption of the Action Plan, the Employment Service of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour approved the list of occupations with labour shortages for the first half of 2019. Third-country nationals whose professions are included in the list of occupations can obtain visas and residence permits under a simplified procedure.
Finally, new amendments to the Law on Legal Status of Aliens have also come into force. The amendments define the conditions for issuing temporary residence permits to professional athletes or coaches coming to Lithuania for sport-related activities.