07/07/2014 A new procedure for the issue of the permit of a long-term resident of the Republic of Lithuania to reside in the European Community

On 5 July, 2014, Order of the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania No. 1V-459 as of 4 July 2014 “On the Issue, Replacement and Withdrawal of Documents Required to Receive the Permit of a Long-Term Resident of the Republic of Lithuania to Reside in the European Community” entered into force.

The Order regulates the procedure for the issue, replacement and withdrawal of long-term residence permit of the Republic of Lithuania in the European Union in an urgent case – at the alien’s request, the decision on the issue of a permanent residence permit can be adopted as a matter of urgency. As per standard procedure, an application is examined within 4 months and executed not later than within 10 working days, while in an urgent case – examined within 2 months and executed not later than within 5 working days from the day of lodging an application with the Migration Department or a migration division of a territorial police institution.

A permanent residence permit shall be replaced no later than within one month, and in an urgent case – not later than 15 days from the day of lodging an application to replace a permanent residence permit with a migration division of a territorial police institution.

An alien, before submitting an application to issue, execute, or replace a permanent residence permit, shall pay a fixed Lithuanian state fee and submit a supporting receipt, unless the laws exempt him from state fees. 

An application for a permanent residence permit in Lithuania is not subject to urgent examination if:
1) a lack of data / documents certifying that the alien held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before 15 June 1940, or, documents proving kinship with such person, or a lack of documents certifying the right to retain or restore citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, or no decision was adopted regarding the right to retain or restore citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;
2) no responses received to requests of the Migration Department for additional data and (or) documents justifying the application for a permanent residence permit;
3) checks are carried out whether a marriage or a registered partnership is not of convenience; inquiry is carried out to assess whether an adoption is not fake.

If, at least 10 working days until the deadline for urgent examination of an application for a permanent residence permit, it is established that the application is not subject to urgent examination, a person shall be immediately notified thereof by post or e-mail. The report shall inform about the standard procedure for examination of an application for a permanent residence permit and state the reasons why the examination is not a matter of urgency. In addition, it is accompanied with a statement as the basis for recovering overpaid fees by the person.

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