Returning the citizenship

Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania is returned to a person who has lost citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania irrespective of the time period during which he or she possessed it. Unlike the case of restoring citizenship, the case of returning the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania possessed in the past is not related to 15th of June 1940. Citizenship is returned only once, at the request of the person who has lost it. If the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania possessed was granted with an exception, it cannot be returned.

Persons residing in the Republic of Lithuania have to submit the applications for citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania through the territorial police office according to their place of residence in Lithuania.

Persons residing abroad have to submit such applications through diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania or through the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.

Persons residing abroad can appeal to the Migration Department by registered mail. If a person submits an application to grant him or her citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and the documents attached to it by registered mail or through a courier, their signature on the application for the citizenship must be certified by a notary public.

Issues concerning granting of citizenship must be considered within no longer than six months from the day of receipt of the documents. There is an applied fee (41-53 Eur) for considering the application. Each person who has submitted an application shall be informed in person about the decision to grant or not to grant them citizenship. Decrees of the President on granting of citizenship are available on this Internet website.

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Prepared according to the information of the Migration department

Information updated: 2018-10-21
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