If you have been accepted to a Lithuanian university or a Lithuanian employer has shown interest in giving you a job, you might need to obtain a long-stay visa.
The visa is obtained at a Lithuanian embassy or consulate. A Lithuanian national visa is not the same as a residence permit. If you would like to stay for longer than the maximum period that the national visa offers, you must also obtain a residence permit.
Who Needs a Long-Stay D Visa for Lithuania?
If you are from a non-EU/EEA country and would like to visit Lithuania to study or work there, you will need a long-stay visa. On the other hand, if you are an EU citizen, you can enter Lithuania while also working and studying there freely as long as you register your stay at the Minister of the Interior.
What Is a Lithuania D Visa?
A Lithuania Type D Visa is a long-stay or national visa that lets you stay in Lithuania for more than three months. The national visa is issued for study, work, and family reunification. As non-EU/EEA citizen, you must apply for a long-stay visa at the Lithuanian embassy. However, you must also acquire a Lithuania temporary residence permit.
How Is a Lithuania D Visa Different From a Schengen Visa?
A Lithuania Type D visa is a long-stay visa that lets you stay in Lithuania for longer than three months for up to one year, in contrast to a regular Schengen visa which lets you stay for only 90 days. The long-stay visa allows you to work and study in Lithuania, whereas a Schengen visa does not. In addition, you can apply for a residence permit only with a long-stay visa.
Types of Lithuania Long-Stay Visas
According to the reason why you want to stay in Lithuania for longer than three months, there are several types of Lithuania Long-Stay visas, such as:
- Student visa. The Lithuania student visa lets you start your studies at a Lithuanian university. However, since the long-stay visa is only valid for up to a year, you must also apply for a temporary residence permit to continue your studies for longer.
- Work visa. A Lithuania work visa is one of the requirements you need to start working in Lithuania. Besides the long-stay visa, you must also acquire a temporary residence permit.
- Family visa. A Lithuania family reunification visa lets your family members join you in Lithuania. As non-EU/EEA citizen, you need a residence permit, so your family can join you. Your family member can also study in Lithuania.
How to Apply for a Lithuania D Visa?
To apply for a Lithuania long-stay national visa, you must:
- Make an appointment with the Lithuanian embassy or consulate. An appointment is required before starting your visa application process.
- Complete the application form. The application must be online on the Migration Department website under “New Application.” You must fill out the application at the embassy or consulate if an online application is unavailable.
- Collect the required documents. The documents you need may differ based on your type of long-stay visa application, but the basic requirements include a passport, civil status documents, proof of accommodation, etc.
- Pay the long-stay visa fee. When you go to the embassy/consulate to submit your application, you must complete the visa fee and submit proof of the payment with the application.
- Submit the application. After you have finished the online application form, submit it with the documents and wait while your visa application is processed.
Lithuania D Visa Requirements
The requirements for your Lithuania national type D visa application are:
- The visa application form. You may be able to fill out an application online and then download the form, print it, and sign it.
- Your passport. Your passport must have two blank pages, not be older than ten years, and have at least three months of validity beyond the validity period of your visa.
- One colored photo. The photo must have been taken in the last six months.
- Means of subsistence. You need to submit proof that you can financially support your stay in Lithuania for the duration of your visa.
- Long Term Health Insurance in Lithuania. Your insurance must cover your entire stay in Lithuania.
- You apply for a student visa:
- Mediation letter.
- University acceptance letter.
- Proof of English or Lithuanian language proficiency.
- You apply for a work visa:
- Work permit.
- Work contract.
- You apply for a family visa:
- Birth certificate.
- Marriage certificate.
Going From Long-Stay Visa to a Residence Permit in Lithuania
Since a long-stay visa is only valid between three months to a year to work and study in Lithuania beyond that period, you must apply for a residence permit as well.
There are two types of residence permits for Lithuania:
- Temporary residence permit.
- Permanent residence permit.
Acquiring a long-stay visa allows you to apply for a temporary residence permit. This permit is valid for one to two years and can be renewed. In comparison, a permanent residence permit is issued if you have lived in Lithuania consecutively for five years with a temporary residence permit.
Can My Family Join Me?
You need to have a long-stay visa for work purposes in order for your family members to join you in Lithuania. In addition, your family members may be required to apply for a family reunification permit.
What if My Visa Application Is Rejected?
Your visa can be rejected for many reasons, such as providing forged or insufficient documentation/information or if you show a conflict of interest to Lithuania. If your Lithuania long-stay visa application is rejected, you are allowed to do one of the following:
- Appeal for the decision.
- Re-apply for the visa.
You can appeal until ten days after you receive your answer. The fee for the appeal process is around €30 and is non-refundable. You must direct the appeal letter to the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court. All the documents must be approved before submission and written or translated into Lithuanian. If, by any chance, your appeal also gets rejected, you are entitled to re-apply for the long-stay national visa.