Permanent residence permit

Permit of a long-term resident of the Republic of Lithuania to reside in the European Community (hereinafter – a permanent residence permit) is a document entitling a foreigner to reside in the Republic of Lithuania and certifying the foreigner’s permanent resident status.

How long will the document be valid for?

Permanent residence permit is issued for 5 years, and after this period passes, it may be replaced.

Where can I apply for a permanent residence permit?

Application for the issuance of the permanent residence permit and other documents is submitted to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.

You must first submit an application for an issue or renewal of a permanent residence permit electronically through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS). Upon submission of application and after booking the visit time through MIGRIS, you must apply for a permanent residence permit (renewal) in person within 4 months from the date of submission of the application to the MIGRIS and submit the biometric data and original documents.

Note: Submitting an application to issue a permanent residence permit does not grant the right for a foreigner to stay in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania until foreigner‘s application to issue a permanent residence permit will be examined and a decision made.

How much will it cost to apply for a permanent residence permit?

Prior to applying to issue a permanent residence permit, a foreigner must pay state fee of 43 EUR for the examination of an application to issue a permanent residence permit, except for the cases, when in a manner established by the law, (s)he is exempted from the state fee.

 What documents do I need to submit?

  • an application of an established form to issue a permanent residence permit (submitted electronically through the Lithuanian Migration Information System MIGRIS);
  • a valid travel document;
  • a document confirming that the foreigner has enough funds to live in the Republic of Lithuania for at least one year
  • valid certificate(s) from (a) competent authority(ies) of (a) foreign state(s) where the alien lived before coming to the Republic of Lithuania confirming that the foreigner was (not) convicted in the corresponding state(s) (required if the foreigner is older than 14 years);
  • documents certifying the grounds to issue a permanent residence permit established in the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens, by which an alien seeks to receive a permanent residence permit; 
  • if alien‘s personal data in an application to issue a permanent residence permit does not match appropriate data that is in the Register of Aliens and (or) Population register of the Republic of Lithuania then, together with an application they should provide documents confirming changes of personal data (civil status registration certificate, court decision to restore, renew, replace or correct civil status act record etc.).

Do I need to legalize the documents?

Document copies and documents issued by foreign states (except for the passport) must be legalized or certified with an Apostille (except for the documents issued in Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine) and translated into the Lithuanian language. The list of the states whose official documents must be certified with an Apostille is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. Documents issued by other countries must be legalized (certified twice – by the responsible institution of the country which issued the document or by a diplomatic mission and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania). More information about legalizing documents.

How long will it take to process my application?

A foreigner’s application for the issuance of the permanent residence permit must be considered not later than within 4 months from the lodging of the application, and if applied on an urgent basis – not later than within 2 months from the date of submission of the application. On some grounds permanent residence permits are issued faster.

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Source: Migration department

Information updated: 2019-11-26
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