Granting Lithuanian citizenship, if ancestors of the Applicant were of Lithuanian origin. Lithuanian citizenship for descendants of Lithuanians.

One of the ways for acquisition of Lithuanian citizenship is a restoration of Lithuanian citizenship. Lithuanian citizenship may be restored for a person, if his (her) ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandfathers or any of them) were citizens of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 or the person was a citizen of Lithuania before 15 June 1940.

Lithuania, as an independent state, was established in the year 1918. The first law for a regulation of the institute of Lithuanian citizenship was the Temporary Law on Lithuanian citizenship, as of 09 January 1919. According to the Law on Lithuanian citizenship, as of 09 January 1919, the following persons were considered citizens of Lithuania:
1. Persons who always lived in Lithuania or whose parents and grandparents lived in Lithuania from the dawn of times;
2. Children of persons specified in the Paragraph 1 who did not live always in Lithuania, but have come back to Lithuania for residence;
3. Persons that lived in Lithuania for at least ten years before 1914 and had there:
a) the own real estate; or
b) a regular job;
4. Persons who are children of a citizen of Lithuania;
5. A wife or a widow of a citizen of Lithuania;
6. Children of a single citizen of Lithuania, if they are not adopted by a foreigner.

According to the Law on Citizenship that is in force at present, the documents proving that a person was a citizen of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 include:
1. Lithuanian national and foreign passports issued before 15 June 1940;
2. Lithuanian foreign passports issued by diplomatic missions or consular institutions of Lithuania after 15 June 1940;
3. Documents attesting military service of the person in Lithuanian Army or his (her) involvement in civil service;
4. Certificates of birth or other documents where Lithuanian citizenship of the person is specified;
5. Identification documents issued in Lithuania before 15 June 1940 or identification documents issued on the base of the documents issued in Lithuania before 15 June 1940.
If the above-listed documents are absent, documents on learning, working or residing in Lithuania documents issued in Lithuania before 15 June 1940 as well as a passport of a foreign state and other documents may be submitted.

Lithuanian citizenship may be restored upon a renunciation of the previous citizenship of another state or without a necessity of such a renunciation (i.e. upon retention of the previous citizenship). For restoration of Lithuanian citizenship upon retention of the previous citizenship, it is not sufficient to prove only the fact that the person was a citizen of Lithuania before 15 June 1940. For preserving the dual citizenship, such a person shall prove the following circumstances:
1. The fact of deportation from occupied Lithuania before 11 March 1990 (i.e. the person or his/her parents, grandparents or great-grandfathers or at least one of them were deported in the period between 15 June 1940 and 11 March 1990 according to a decision of authorities or a court of the occupation regime for a resistance to the regime or political, social or origin-related reasons);
or
2. The fact of leaving Lithuania before 11 March 1990 (i.e. the person or his/her parents, grandparents or great-grandfathers or at least one of them left Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and their place of permanent residence was out of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. It should be noted that this provision is not applicable to persons having left the territory of Lithuania after 15 June 1940 for any other location of the former Soviet Union).

An Application for a restoration a Lithuanian citizenship shall be written in Lithuanian. The documents enclosed to the Application shall be translated into Lithuanian, if they are executed in another language, and certified according to the procedure provided in legal norms (by Apostile or according to the legalization procedure).

The documents shall be submitted to the Migration Department in Lithuania or a consular institution in a foreign state.

 

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