TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

temporary residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as a “temporary residence permit”) means a document granting an alien the right to temporary reside in the Republic of Lithuania for a period specified in the permit.

The alien has the right to choose his/her place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania, change it,  depart from and return to the Republic of Lithuania during the period of validity of the residence permit. The alien must give a notice of a change of his/ place of his/her residence to a Migration Service of a public police division at a territorial police agency (hereinafter – Migration Service) and should not forget that, under the Law on Declaration of the Place of Residence, a person must declare his/her departure when leaving from the Republic of Lithuania for a period exceeding six months.

A temporary residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania is issued to an alien who is a citizen of a non-EU Member State. It is usually issued for a period of one year, though it may also be issued for a shorter period. In respect to the persons of the Lithuanian descent and the aliens who have retained the right to citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, the temporary residence permit is issued for a period of five years.

 

WHO MAY RECEIVE OR REPLACE A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT?

Article 40 of the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens (hereinafter – the Law) of the Republic of Lithuania, which regulates the legal status of aliens. In paragraph 1 of Article 40 of the Law grounds are estalished for issuance or replacement of temporary residence permits to aliens.

A temporary residence permit may be issued to an alien if:

  • he/she  has retained the right to citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania (Article 41);
  • he/she  is a person of Lithuanian descent (Article 42);
  • it is a case of family reunification (Article 43);
  • he/she  intends to work in the Republic of Lithuania (Article 44);
  • he/she intends to work in the employment requiring high professional qualifications  (Article 441);
  • he/she is being transferred inside a company (Article 442);
  • he/she is engaged in and intends to continue to be engaged in lawful activities in the Republic of Lithuania   (Article 45);
  • he/she intends to carry out legal activities related to new technologies or other innovations significant to the economics and social development of the RL (Article 451);
  • he/she intends to study (Article 46);
  • a guardian has been assigned to him/her or he/she has been appointed a guardian for somebody (Article 47);
  • he/she is allowed to remain and reside in the Republic of Lithuania because he/she is or was a victim of human trafficking or illegal work and he/she cooperates with a pre-trial investigation authority or a court of law in the fight against human trafficking or against crimes related to human trafficking or illegal work (Article 491);
  • he/she intends, under an employment contract concluded with a science and study establishment registered in the Republic of Lithuania, to work as a lecturer or conduct research and/or development (social, cultural) as a researcher (Article 492);
  • he/she has gained a long-term resident’s status in another Eurpean Union Member State and has a permission to reside issued by that country (Article 493).

The alien may also be issued a temporary residence permit where he has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection in the Republic of Lithuania, he is unable to depart due to a dangerous health condition and requires urgent basic medical aid, also where the alien cannot be expelled from the Republic of Lithuania.

Documents that must be submitted in order to receive or have it replaces temporary residence permit depends from individual situation.

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