New e-residency rules make expat life easier in Lithuania

2021 02 04

Summary about E-residency in Lithuania

From January 1, 2021, foreigner nationals can become e-residents of Lithuania. What does this entail? An eligible applicant will be able to receive a digital identity granting access to a wide range of administrative, public and commercial services, all online. Foreign citizens residing in Lithuania will have access to online public services platforms (like Valdžios Vartai) the same way as Lithuanian citizens do.

The newly introduced e-resident status will make it easier for expats to handle their day-to-day needs online. With e-residency, foreign citizens will be able to easily register for doctor’s appointments, file their taxes and perform other tasks that previously required a physical visit. At the same time, e-residents of Lithuania will be able to open a bank account or even set up a legal entity from abroad.

E-residence applications can be submitted to the Migration Department or a Lithuanian visa center abroad. After the application is evaluated, an e-resident certificate and electronic signature device are be issued. The certificate is issued for a period of 3 years.

Detailed information about E-residency

All information will be uploaded on the official website of the Migration department www.migracija.lt. But for those interested, please find below the more detailed information.

Main conditions for obtaining e-residence status are the following:

  1. E-resident status can be granted to a foreigner who is at least 18 years old;

  2. An application is filled in through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) and submitted to the Migration Department. If the foreigner is abroad, the application is made through an external service provider selected and approved by the Migration Department;

  3. After completion of an application, the foreigner needs to visit the Migration Department or an external service provider, respectively, within 4 months to provide biometric data (facial image and two fingerprints) in order to confirm the foreigner’s identity;

  4. After submission of the biometric data, inspections of the registers checking if the foreigner is not prohibited from entering Lithuania and the Schengen area will be performed automatically. Depending on the results of the inspection, an automatic decision is made (the data is automatically entered in the Register of Foreigners);

  5. E-resident status is granted to a foreigner from the moment of registration in the Register of Foreigners for a period of 3 years;

  6. When a foreigner obtains e-resident status, the Personal Documents Issuance Centre shall automatically submit an order to issue an electronic identification and electronic signature via MIGRIS system;

  7. The Personal Document Issuance Centre shall issue an electronic identification and electronic signature means no later than within 5 working days from the date of receipt of the order, and the electronic identification and electronic signature means shall transmit the contact electronic medium activation data (password) and contact electronic medium unblocking data (PUK code) into a foreigner’s MIGRIS account;

  8. The Centre for Issuance of Personal Documents shall send the issued means of electronic identification and electronic signature to the external service provider or to the structural unit of the Migration Department to which the request has been submitted;

  9. A notification is automatically sent to a foreigner via MIGRIS regarding the collection of electronic identification and electronic signature means;

  10. E-resident collects e-identification means (e-resident card, etc.) from the Migration Department or upon arrival at an external service provider (depending on where an application was submitted).

 

A foreigner shall not be granted the status of an e-resident if:

  1. Another Schengen State has entered a non-admission alert in the central second-generation Schengen Information System;

  2. He/she is included in the national list of foreigners who are prohibited from entering Lithuania.

Once granted, e-resident status may be revoked only on the grounds provided for by law, such as, if the status has been obtained fraudulently, by providing untrue data, forged or illegally obtained documents, if the foreigner has been convicted of a serious or very serious crime, crime against peace, humanity or war crime, if there are serious grounds to believe that the foreigner is involved in illegal financial transactions, a criminal offense of a corrupt nature or a criminal offense corresponding to the characteristics of money laundering, etc.

 

Fee

A fee of EUR 90 is charged for the examination of an application for the granting of the status e-resident of Lithuania and the issuance of e-identification means.

Benefits

For a foreigner who has been granted for e-resident status, an electronic identification and electronic signature device are issued, which contains the certificate of identification of e-resident in electronic space and a qualified electronic signature certificate of e-resident. E-resident status will allow foreigners to access administrative, public and commercial services in Lithuania, such as establishing companies, declaring taxes or opening bank accounts. This will create faster and more convenient conditions for new investments and technologies of foreigners, will provide an opportunity for a foreigner duly confirm his/her identity in the electronic space, when no physical arrival in Lithuania will be required.