Lithuanian citizenship

Lithuanian citizenship is a permanent legal relationship of a person with The Republic of Lithuania, based on mutual rights and obligations.

Lithuanian Citizenship is acquired by:

1. birth;

2. citizenship restoration;

3. being granted Lithuanian citizenship.

 

Reinstatement of Lithuanian Citizenship While Renouncing the Current Citizenship

The persons who held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940 and their descendants shall be able to reinstate Lithuanian citizenship if they are not citizens of a different state or they want to renounce their current citizenship.

 

Reinstatement of Lithuanian Citizenship While Retaining the Current Citizenship (Dual Citizenship)

The requirement to renounce citizenship of a different state is not applied to persons who can be citizens of both the Lithuania and a different state, in accordance with the Law on Lithuanian Citizenship article 7 subsections 2, 3, and 4, i.e.:

1. the person who was exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania prior to 11 March 1990 and has acquired citizenship of a different state;

2. the person who left Lithuania prior to 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of a different state;

3. the person who is a descendant of a person mentioned above.

 

Dual Citizenship in Lithuania can be Acquired by persons who: 

gained Lithuanian citizenship and citizenship a different state by birth and are under 21 years of age;

gained a foreign citizenship by virtue of marriage to a citizen of a different state;

are under 21 years of age, provided they were adopted by a citizen (-s) of Lithuania before reaching 18 years of age and, as a result of the adoption, acquired Lithuanian citizenship;

are under 21 years of age, provided they, being citizens of Lithuania, were adopted by a citizen (-s) of a different state before reaching 18 years of age and, as a result of the adoption, acquired citizenship of that state;

acquired Lithuanian citizenship by way of exception while being a citizen of a different state;

acquired Lithuanian citizenship while having a refugee status in Lithuania.

 

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Read more:

Lithuanian Citizenship. Reinstatement of Lithuanian citizenship while retaining the current citizenship (dual citizenship)

Lithuanian citizenship for exiled citizens. Dual citizenship in Lithuania.

 

Lithuanian citizenship can be acquired: by birth, by naturalisation, by way of exception, by restoration of Lithuanian citizenship.

 

Acquisition of Lithuanian Citizenship of by Birth

A child, both of whose parents are Lithuanian citizens, shall be a citizen of Lithuania regardless of whether he was born in the territory of Lithuania or beyond its borders.

A child adopted by a Lithuanian citizen (-s) shall become a Lithuanian citizen.

A child who is a Lithuanian citizen and who is adopted by a citizen (-s) of a different state retains the Lithuanian citizenship regardless if he acquired citizenship of a different state due to adoption.

A child born in the territory of Lithuania, whose parents are stateless persons habitually resident in Lithuania, shall acquire citizenship of Lithuania.

A child found in the territory of Lithuania, both of whose parents are unknown, shall be considered born in the territory of Lithuania and shall be a Lithuanian citizen, unless circumstances are disclosed whereupon the child would acquire a different status.

 

Naturalisation

A person can be granted Lithuanian citizenship if he:

1. Has been residing in the territory of Lithuania for the last 10 years;

2. Has the right to habitually reside in the territory of Lithuania;

3. Has passed the examination in the state language;

4. Has passed the examination in the basic provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania;

5. Has a legal source of income;

6. Is a stateless person or notifies in writing of his will to renounce citizenship of another state held by him;

7. Meets other requirements laid down in the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

Acquisition of Lithuanian Citizenship by Way of Exception

The citizenship is granted by the president of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

Restoration of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

A person who has lost Lithuanian citizenship may have it restored to him upon his application. The request for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship shall be submitted to the president of Lithuania through competent authorities.

The application is a certain type of form that must be completed in Lithuanian language. Other foreign language documents supporting the application must be translated into Lithuanian and certified by a translator. Copies of those documents must be certified by a notary. Documents issued by foreign countries must be legalized or come with an Apostille certificate, unless international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania and European Union law do not provide otherwise.

 

Renunciation of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

The right of a Lithuanian citizen to renounce citizenship may not be restricted.

A person's application for renunciation of Lithuanian citizenship shall be submitted to the Minister of the Interior or the institution authorised by him. 

The application for renunciation of citizenship needs to be completed in Lithuanian language. Other foreign language documents supporting the application must be translated into Lithuanian and certified by a translator. Copies of those documents must be certified by a notary. Documents issued by foreign countries must be legalized or come with an Apostille certificate, unless international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania and European Union law do not provide otherwise.

Documents that support the application for renunciation of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania:

1. Documents certifying Lithuanian citizenship;

2. Personal identification document issued by a foreign body (if such was issued);

3. Documents issued by competent foreign authorities stating that the person is a national of that state or shall acquire citizenship of that state after losing Lithuanian citizenship.


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