How long can you stay in Lithuania after graduation?

2020 06 04

Are you just about to get your diploma? Or maybe you already have it in your hands? In any case, congratulations on completing your studies in Lithuania! Now, you are probably looking at building your career – a truly exciting moment. The first question most of the recent graduates ask in this situation is – where I’d rather be? If the answer is Lithuania, we’ve got some good news – upon graduation you can get a 12-month residency permit allowing you to shop for that dream employer. The steps are pretty simple:

Go online. Apply to renew your residence permit electronically via the MIGRIS system.

Show up in person. In the 4 months that follow the application, come to the nearest Territorial division of the Migration Department and submit biometric data (sounds like sci-fi, but all they need is a picture and your fingerprints).

Recent graduates can stay in Lithuania for up to 12 months

What to bring to the appointment? Not a lot, actually. All you need Is:

• the application number provided to you;
• a valid travel document
• your diploma or an official document from your university stating that you have completed your degree;
• bank account statement showing that you have the necessary means to sustain yourself. The formula is simple – 1 minimal salary times the number of months you want the residence permit for. Let’s say you want to a residence permit for 3 months (and it rarely takes more to find a job here!). Then you’d have to show that you’ve got €1350 (that’s €450x3) in your bank account;
• a notarized statement about your place of residence;
• health insurance valid for the period of the requested residence permit (only required if you are not paying social insurance contributions).

Generally, the residence permit is issued within 4 months (2 months if you choose the urgent option, which costs slightly higher).

And that’s it! We hope you find the information above useful. If you have any additional questions, consult the extended FAQ here. Follow Work in Lithuania on Facebook and Instagram for job opportunities and career tips. And good luck with building your career!