Migration Information Centre "I Choose Lithuania"
Migration information centre (MIC) “I Choose Lithuania” was established in 2015 in cooperation of the International Organization for Migration and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Centre, working as a one-stop-shop, provides consultations to Lithuanian diaspora and their family members – foreigners, returning or arriving in Lithuania and aims at facilitating the return and (re-) integration. Within 7 years MIC provided more than 50 thousand individual consultations. Moreover, the www.renkuosilietuva.lt website was visited by more than 3 million.
The MIC provides information about:
- Key information about Lithuania.
- Tailored-made information for persons displaced from humanitarian crisis areas, political prisoners, and exiles of Lithuanian descent.
- Steps to take before the return and first steps in Lithuania.
- Citizenship related questions.
- Housing and declaration of place of residence.
- Real estate and financial government subsidies for housing.
- Aggregation of employment periods abroad.
- Transferability of social security rights and benefits.
- Health insurance and compulsory health insurance.
- Education and support for returning children.
- Recognition of foreign qualifications in Lithuania.
- Opportunities for youth to study and trainings in Lithuania.
- Driving and driver’s licenses.
- Labor market trends and employment opportunities.
- Special programs for returnees and exiles.
- Adaptation and (re)integration in Lithuania.
- Psychological support.
- Arrival of family members – foreigners.
Call toll-free numbers:
Calling from outside Lithuania:
A. Jakšto 12, LT-01105 Vilnius
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
MIC “Renkuosi Lietuvą” is implemented by the International organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Migration Agency.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 175 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
Lithuania became a full member of IOM in 1998. A Cooperation Agreement between IOM and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania was signed on 13 February 1998 and ratified by the Seimas on October 13, 1998.
In Lithuania IOM implements these main activities:
- Representation of Lithuania in the European migration network (EMN). In cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, IOM Vilnius office represents Lithuania in the European migration network (EMN) and various working groups. Read more (in Lithuanian).
- Consultations for returning Lithuanian migrants. In January 2015 IOM Lithuania established the Migration information center “Renkuosi Lietuvą”. Its main objective is to provide returning migrants or people who are thinking about returning with all the necessary information about return migration to Lithuania.
- Migration research. IOM Vilnius implements topical research and collects, analyses and provides main migration statistics in a user-friendly manner. Read more
- Assistance for Ukrainians. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, IOM Lithuania has been carrying out various activities to help Ukrainian war refugees. Our aim is to reach the most vulnerable and respond to their needs.
More information about IOM activities in Lithuania