Studying in Lihuania

Studies
You can come to Lithuania on the basis of study.

You can find detailed information on the website of Lithuania’s Migration Department.


International students

If you are a student coming from non-EU country and you intend to stay in Lithuania for no longer than 1 year, you can get a National Visa. The fee is EUR 60.

You may also be granted a national visa for the time it takes to consider your application for a Temporary Residence Permit.

If you intend to stay in Lithuania for longer than a year, you should apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. This is issued for a period of up to 2 years, and can be renewed later. The fee is EUR 120-240 depending on how quickly you need the permit (3-month vs 1.5-month service). If you are changing or renewing an existing permit, the process is quicker (2 months vs 1 month).

An application for the renewal of a Temporary Residence Permit must be submitted, along with the accompanying documents, at least 2 months in advance, but not earlier than 4 months.

EU students

If you are an EU citizen (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland), you can stay in the Republic of Lithuania for up to 3 months from the day of arrival without applying for residence.

After that, you must obtain a Certificate of Temporary Residence in the Republic of Lithuania and declare your place of residence. The fee for the certificate is EUR 8.60 euros, and it is issued for 5 years.

Work during studies

Work during studies
Foreign students can work in Lithuania during their studies without a work permit if they have a Temporary Residence Permit for studies.

International students

However, working hours for international students (those coming from non-EU countries) are limited up to 20 hours per week during the study or learning period. The exceptions to this are:

• During the summer vacation period set by the higher education institution
• Work carried out as part of an internship
• During the 3 months after graduation (a Temporary Residence Permit for studies is still valid for 3 months after actual end of studies).

If you are a PhD student, this limitation does not apply. PhD students are allowed to work full-time during their studies.

EU students

No limits on working hours apply to EU students (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Employment procedures are the same as for local employees.

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Work after studies

Work after studies
Foreign students who completed studies in Lithuania can get Temporary Residence Permit for job search which is valid for 1 year.

International students

  • When a Temporary Residence Permit is issued or renewed for a student’s final year of studies, it is issued or renewed for a period 3 months longer than the expected period of studies. During this 3-month period after studies have been completed, the working time of all foreign students is not limited to 20 hours per week. During this period, they can work full-time.

  • Foreign students who completed studies in Lithuania can get Temporary Residence Permit for job search which is valid for 12 months. However, it is important to note that if you find a job during this period of job search, you cannot start working immediately. Instead, you must obtain a Temporary Residence Permit for work purposes. This new permit can take from 2 weeks up to 4 months to be issued. The permit is issued for a period of up to 2 years.

  • An application for the renewal of a Temporary Residence Permit for work must be submitted at least 2 months in advance, and an application to change a Temporary Residence Permit must be submitted, along with supporting documents, at least 1 month before the existing Temporary Residence Permit expires, but not earlier than 4 months.

  • During the period for which your Temporary Residence Permit is valid, you can only work for the employer who employed you when you received for your Temporary Residence Permit for work. If you want to change your employer, or move to a different position with the same employer, you must contact the territorial division of the Migration department.

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EU blue card

Blue card
An EU Blue Card is a residence and work permit specifically designed for highly skilled non-EU citizens who have a job offer in Lithuania.

Highly skilled professionals are those who have:

  • A relevant higher-education qualification necessary to fulfill the employer's obligation when employing a non-EU citizen under an employment contract in the specified profession or sector; or

  • At least 5 years of professional experience, equivalent to a higher education qualification.

    With a Blue Card, you can bring your family members with you and change an employer or job function at the same employer at any time. A Blue Card is valid for up to 3 years, and can be extended for a further 3 years. It also enables you to apply for permanent residence after 5 years.

There are four ways to get an EU Blue Card:

  1. If your salary is 1.5x the average monthly salary in Lithuania (approx. EUR 1,975 gross or EUR 1,250 net).

  2. If your salary is 1.5x the average monthly salary in Lithuania (approx. EUR 1,975 gross or EUR 1,250 net) and you will be employed in one of the listed professions (many related to IT).

  3. If your salary is 3x the average monthly salary in Lithuania (approx. EUR 3,950 gross or EUR 2,500 net).

  4. If you intend to work as the manager of a company and your employer can demonstrate an adequate income.

Detailed information about all of the above can be found

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