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

Non-EU undergraduate (bachelor) students with a temporary residence permit for studies are allowed to work 20 hours per week during their studies. The exceptions to this rule 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).

Master’s and PhD students from non-EU countries who have a temporary residence permit for studies can work full-time during their studies. No additional permits are required.

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

A temporary residence permit issued or renewed for the student’s final year of studies is valid for 3 months longer than the expected study period. During the first 3 months after graduation, students can work full-time.

Non-EU students who have completed their studies in Lithuania can get a temporary residence permit for job search, which is valid for 12 months. With this permit, the former student can start working immediately after getting employed. No additional permits are required.

After 12 months, 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.

If a non-EU national wants to change his employer or move to a different position with the same employer, he must contact the Migration Department’s territorial division.

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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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