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Immigration of persons of Lithuanian origin and persons having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenships

Immigration of persons of Lithuanian origin and persons having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenships

Persons of Lithuanian origin and persons having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship are entitled not only to be granted a citizenship of Lithuania according to a simplified procedure and issued a document certifying their Lithuanian origin or a certificate confirming their right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship, but also have a right to apply for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania or a Permanent Residence Permit in Lithuania and for issue a Schengen visa.

A person of Lithuanian origin is a person whose parents or grandparents or at least one of them were or are of Lithuanian origin and who self-identifies him(her)self as a Lithuanian and declares the same in a written declaration. A person having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship is a person who was or whose parents, grandparents, forefathers or one of them were citizens of Lithuania before 15 June 1940.

Persons of Lithuanian origin have a right:

1. To apply for granting the citizenship of Lithuania according to the simplified procedure;
2. To apply for issue a document certifying his (her) Lithuanian origin;
3. To apply for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania or a Permanent Residence Permit in Lithuania;
4. To apply for issue a Schengen visa for coming to Lithuania.

A person having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship has a right:

1. To restore Lithuanian citizenship upon renunciation of the citizenship of the other state or without a necessity of such a renunciation;
2. To apply for issue a certificate confirming his (her) right for a restoration of Lithuanian citizenship;
3. To apply for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania or a Permanent Residence Permit in Lithuania;
4. To apply for issue a Schengen visa for coming to Lithuania.

A person of Lithuanian origin or person having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship may come to Lithuania with a Schengen visa and stay in Lithuania for up to 3 months as well as travel in the Schengen space or stay in any other Schengen state for no longer than for 3 months. If a person intends to stay in Lithuania for a period over 3 months, he (she) should apply for issue a Residence Permit. Persons of Lithuanian origin and persons having a right for restoration of Lithuanian citizenship have a right to apply for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania or a Permanent Residence Permit in Lithuania. Each of the said Permits is issued for a 5-year period. Only the procedures of issue and the lists of the documents to be submitted differ.

Documents confirming Lithuanian origin point out that the person’s parents or grandparents or at least one of them were of Lithuanian origin (certificates of birth and other documents).

A citizenship of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 is confirmed by the following documents:

1. Lithuanian passports issued before 15 June 1940;
2. Documents certifying military service of the person in Lithuanian army or civil service in Lithuania;
3. Certificates of Birth or other documents where Lithuanian citizenship is specified;
4. Any certificates issued in Lithuania before 15 June 1940 or certificates issued on the base of documents issued before 15 June 1940.

If the above-listed documents are absent, documents on education, employment or living in Lithuania issued before 15 June 1940 shall be provided.

The documents for issue a Residence Permit in Lithuania may be submitted to a diplomatic mission or a consular institution in a foreign state or to the Migration Service in Lithuania. A resolution on issue a Residence Permit in Lithuania shall be passed by the Migration Department within 2 to 4 months.

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