Visas to aliens
An application to issue a residence permit to a citizen of third country does not grant him/her the right to stay in the territory of Lithuania therefore an alien, after submitting an application to issue a residence permit and waiting for a decision to be taken, has the right to stay in Lithuania only if he/she has one of the following valid documents:
- the Schengen visa
- the national visa or a residence permit issued by the Republic of Lithuania or another Schengen State
- the Residence
Card of a Family Member of the European Union Citizen permitting to reside temporarily or permanently in the country issued by the Republic of Lithuania or another EU Member State (if no visa-free regime is applicable to him/her).
Attention is to be drawn to the fact that submitting an application to issue or replace the residence permit in Lithuania grants the right to apply for the issuance of the national visa of the Republic of Lithuania for the period of considering said application.
Kinds of visas are as follows:
- the Schengen visa:
- an airport transit visa (A);
- a short-term visa (C);
- The national visa (D).
The Schengen visa can be single-entry, double-entry and multiple entry visas. An alien can be issued the Schengen limited territorial validity visa.
The Schengen visa (A) can be issued to transit through the airport in the territory of the Schengen states, and the Schengen short-stay visa (C) is valid for maximum 90 days in the course of the period of 180 days. The period is calculated from the day you first crossed the external Schengen border.
Schengen visas are issued within 15 calendar days (this period can be extended up to 30 calendar days, and on an exceptional basis – up to 60 calendar days) from the day of submitting an application to a diplomatic mission or a consular post of the Republic of Lithuania abroad or to a diplomatic mission or a consular post of another Schengen state representing the Republic of Lithuania abroad.
An alien who wants to obtain the Schengen visa (C) can submit an invitation. An invitation is a document certifying the obligation of a natural person or a legal entity of the Republic of Lithuania to see to it that an alien who is arriving in Lithuania should be adequately accommodated during his/her stay in the country, if he has a visa and that the expenses of the alien’s return to a foreign country or the country of his/her origin should be covered. The invitation might facilitate the process of obtaining the visa and reduce the amount of money an alien who wants to arrive in Lithuania must possess. When an alien is issued the Schengen visa on the basis of an invitation, the amount necessary for his/her to have during his/her stay in Lithuania is 20 Euros per day, whereas in other cases – 40 Euros per day. This requirement does not apply to a minor foreigner who is going together with an adult family member.
The national visa (D) may be a single-entry and multiple-entry visa. An alien who is a holder of the national visa (D) has the right to arrive in Lithuania and stay there for a specified period. That period may last up to 12 months.
To obtain the national visa an alien should appeal to a diplomatic mission or a consular post of the Republic of Lithuania abroad and a citizen or an alien of the state, which has no such service, and who has a residence permit, can be issued the national visa by any Lithuanian visa service abroad.
The charge of 60 Euros is collected for receiving and considering the documents.
The citizens of third countries who are holders of the valid Schengen visa or a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen State, do not need to additionally obtain the visa of the Republic of Lithuania. The Schengen visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen state guarantees free movement across all the states of the Schengen area. The citizens of third countries who are holders of the Residence
Card of a Family Member of the European Union Citizen are also exempt from the obligation to obtain the visa to enter the territory of Lithuania.
The requirement to have visas is applicable to those who are holders of residence permits issued by another EU state which is not in the Schengen area. In this case those who want to enter the territory of Lithuania must have a visa (if no visa-free regime is applied to them).
The Schengen visa to an alien who has submitted documents certifying that he/she is a family member of a citizen of the EU Member State, a citizen of the EFTA state or a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania and who has exercised the right of free movement of persons must be issued within the shortest possible time.
Example: Artūras, a citizen of Lithuania, is married to Ana, a citizen of Belarus. They reside in England. Anna has been issued the Residence
Card of a Family Member of the European Union Citizen in the country because Artūras, being a citizen of Lithuania, has made use of the EU right of free movement. Hence, Anna can arrive in Lithuania without a visa. If Artūras were a citizen of Great Britain, who has never exercised the right of free movement, Anna should have a residence permit in England. The permit to reside in a Schengen state would not give her the possibility to arrive in Lithuania without a visa.
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