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Permanent residence permit in Lithuania
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Permanent residence permit in Lithuania

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A permanent residence permit in Lithuania to a citizen of third country who is not a family member of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania shall be issued for a five-year period and upon the expiry of this term it shall be replaced. The permanent residence permit shall be issued to an alien, if:

  • he/she has the right to retain citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania in the procedure established by the Law on Citizenship;
  • he/she is a person of Lithuanian descent;
  • he/she arrived to reside in Lithuania together with a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania as his/her family member;
  • he/she has lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania but resides in Lithuania;
  • he/she is a child under 18, born in Lithuania and his/her parents or one of them is a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania whose place of residence is declared in Lithuania or they have a permanent residence permit;
  • he/she has resided in Lithuania without a break during past five years and had a temporary residence permit;
  • has been granted the status of a refugee in Lithuania;
  • lived in the EU Member State without a break during the past five years, two years of which without any break in Lithuania, an had a temporary residence permit issued on the basis of his/her intention to do a job requiring high professional qualification in Lithuania.;
  • and in other cases specified in the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens.

Reference to a list of documents, which are to be submitted, is available on this Internet website. Take care to adequately legalise the documents and their copies.

An alien who is staying legally in Lithuania shall submit an application to issue him/her a permanent residence permit in Lithuania to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania or to the Migration Division of the Territorial Police Office in the territory of whose service an alien has declared or intends to declare his/her place of residence. The charge of 43 Euros is collected for considering the application to issue a permanent residence permit under the general procedure, and if it is considered under the urgent procedure the charge of 86 Euros is taken.
An application to issue a permanent residence permit must be considered and the decision must be taken not later than within four months, and in case it is considered under the urgent procedure – not later than within two months from the day of receipt of the application.

The decision to issue a permanent residence permit to an alien shall be valid for 6 months from the day of taking the decision. During the validity period of this decision the alien has the right to appeal to the Migration Division of the Territorial Police Office in the territory of whose service the alien has declared or intends to declare his/her place of residence, concerning the official registration of the permanent residence permit. The permanent residence permit is registered officially not later than within 10 working days from the day of submitting the application to register officially the permanent residence permit.

The charge of 28 Euros is collected for registering officially the permanent residence permit under the general procedure, and if it is registered officially under the urgent procedure 56 Euros are taken.


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