Legalisation of the documents being submitted
When submitting applications to issue residence permits in the Republic of Lithuania or the Residence
Card of a Family Member of the European Union Citizen, it is necessary to prove the basis for the issuance of these permits by respective documents issued both in the Republic of Lithuania and in foreign states. The copies of the documents attached to the application must be endorsed in the procedure established by legal acts:
- If a legal document was issued in one of the countries, which acceded to the Hague Convention in 1961, the documents must be certified with an Apostille. This Apostille is issued by the institutions of the authorised foreign state. Their list is available on the Internet website. Only official documents shall be certified with an Apostille. According to this Convention, the official documents shall be as follows:
- documents issued by state institution or officials under the state jurisdiction, including those which are issued by the Public Prosecutor, a court official or the judge’s marshal;
- administrative documents;
- notarial acts;
- official endorsement of the documents signed by natural persons: confirmation of the registration of the documents or confirmation of their presence on a certain day; official and notarial testification of signatures. However, the provisions of the Convention are not applicable to the documents issued by diplomatic and consular officials, as well as to administrative documents, which are directly related to trade or the Customs operations.
- Documents issued in Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine do not have to be certified with an Apostille (they only have to be translated into the Lithuanian language).
- If a document is issued in the country, which has not acceded to the above-mentioned Hague Convention, the document issued abroad must be legalised not only at the institution of the country, which is responsible for the legalisation of the documents for their use abroad but also at the Embassy of Lithuania abroad, or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (e.g., the certificate of birth issued in Egypt should be certified both by an institution authorised by Egypt and by the Embassy of Lithuania in Cairo or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius).
- If it is necessary to submit the documents issued by the institutions of foreign states together with an application, these documents must be submitted together with their translation into the Lithuanian language certified by the translator’s signature.
It is important to know that:
- the document certifying contraction of marriage,
- the document certifying that the EU citizen is a direct descendant of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, his/her spouse or the person with whom an agreement of registered partnership has been concluded and who is under 21 years of age or who is dependent,
- the document certifying that a EU citizen is a dependant relative in a straight ascending line of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, his/her spouse or the person with whom an agreement of registered partnership has been concluded, shall be submitted only in case it has been established that the Lithuanian Population Register contains no data about marriage or family relations.
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