Viktorija Dubovskienė, Employment law
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The foreigner (non-EU national) who intends to work legally in Lithuania must obtain a work permit and a national visa D.
The foreigner who wishes to work in Lithuania should first find an employer, a Lithuanian company that would like to hire him/ her. Once finding an employer, the foreigner should apply for a work permit in the Republic of Lithuania and national visa D.
HOW TO APPLY:
Before submission of the documents for the work permit in Lithuania to be issued, the Lithuanian Employment Service (Lith. Užimtumo tarnyba) must register a vacant position in the Lithuanian company. The employer applies for a vacancy to be registered.
A foreign national is released from an obligation to obtain a work permit if such foreigner:
The following basic requirements are set for a foreigner who intends to work in Lithuania:
In order to employ a foreigner under the employment contract, the following documents must be submitted to the Employment Service:
Documents must be provided in Lithuanian. Foreign documents must be legalized or certified with an Apostille in accordance with the established procedure, unless otherwise provided for by other legislation. The translation into Lithuanian of the documents drawn up not in Lithuanian must be confirmed by a signature of the translator. Copies of documents must be approved by a signature and stamp of the head of the company.
A foreign national is issued a work permit for the duration of his/her legal stay in the Republic of Lithuania which may not exceed the expiration date of the national visa. National visa D is issued for a period of up to 12 months. After expiry of this twelve-month period, a foreigner may apply for a renewal of national visa D.
Fees to be paid to the local authorities (amount in EUR per person):
A temporary residence permit can be issued on the following grounds:
A temporary residence permit is usually issued for 1, 2 or 3 years, but may be issued for a shorter period.
HOW TO APPLY:
First, an application to issue (renew) a temporary residence permit should be filed electronically via the system, and attach digital copies of relevant documents. Having filed the application and booked the time for a visit via the system, the applicant must personally apply for issuance (renewal) of a temporary residence permit and provide his/her biometric data as well as originals of the documents. The applicant must arrive at the territorial branch of the Migration Department for issuance (renewal) of a temporary residence permit.
A foreigner is charged a state duty of EUR 120 (EUR 240 for a fast-track examining) for accepting, examining of an application for issuance (renewal) of a temporary residence permit, deciding the matter, and issuance of a temporary residence permit, except where a foreigner is exempt from paying the state duty by law.
The list of documents to be provided depends on the grounds for issuance of a temporary residence permit. This is a preliminary list of documents:
Foreign documents (except for the passport) must be legalized or certified with an Apostille (unless they are issued in Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Moldova, and Ukraine), and translated into Lithuania.
A foreigner’s application for the issue of a temporary residence permit must be examined not later than within 4 months from the lodging of an application in the ordinary manner, and not later than within 2 months from the lodging of an application in the fast-track (expedite) manner. In case of certain grounds, a temporary residence permit may be issued faster, e.g., on the grounds of studies, a blue card. A decision concerning a renewal of the temporary residence permit must be adopted, and the temporary residence permit renewed: not later than within 2 months from the lodging of an application in the ordinary manner; not later than within 1 month from the lodging of an application in the fast-track (expedite) manner.
BLUE CARD may be issued to highly qualified specialists only. The foreigner should have evidence of his/her high qualification. Such evidence issued in a foreign state should be recognized in Lithuania. If the foreigner applies for BLUE CARD, the agreed salary to be paid to the foreigner by the Lithuanian enterprise should be no less than 1.5 or 3 average gross monthly salaries of employees in the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics. The approximate amounts range between EUR 2,256.15 to EUR 4,512.3 (gross).
If the agreed salary to be paid to the employee by the Lithuanian enterprise is no less than 1.5 average gross monthly salaries of employees in the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the following should take place:
If the agreed salary to be paid to the employee by the Lithuanian enterprise is no less than 3 average gross monthly salaries of employees in the sector of national economy according to the recent data published by Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the simplified procedures of issue of the documents which grant the employee the right to work and reside in Lithuania are applied. The procedure related to the Lithuanian Employment Service is excluded, and the employee applies directly to the Migration Department. The BLUE CARD is issued to the employee.
BLUE CARD Usually remains in effect in Lithuania for up to 3 years, and its extension is possible.
Ukrainian nationals, their family members and stateless persons residing in Ukraine who left Ukraine for the Republic of Lithuania due to military actions committed by the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine are released from the obligation to obtain a document permitting to work in Lithuania. Enterprises intending to employ such persons are not required to apply to the Lithuanian Employment Service for a work permit and/or decisions on occupational fitness.
The following should be noted:
Ukrainian nationals holding biometric passports are subject to a visa-free regime (90 days out of 180 days).
Visas will not be issued to the Ukrainian nationals who do not have valid foreign passports, but applications of such foreigners for temporary residence permits for humanitarian reasons will be accepted.