You can apply to be a volunteer in Lithuania if you take part in the European Voluntary Service on the basis of an agreement with the entity/organisation responsible for the voluntary service.
If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued a residence permit.
Where and how to apply
Please note that from 1st September 2019 you should apply for a temporary residence permit only at the Migration department. Migration Information System (MIGRISSearch for available translations of the preceding link) allows to fill in the application form and submit all documents required to apply for a temporary residence permit online.
Since you have submitted the application for a temporary residence permit you can apply for a national long-term visa that will be issued for a period of up to 5 months. In this case you may stay in Lithuania while your application for a temporary residence permit is being examined and, in case of issuance, collect your residence permit.
The decision to issue the residence permit is taken within 3 months at the latest. For an additional fee, the decision will be taken within 45 days at the latest.
To obtain a temporary residence permit you must show the following documents:
In order to issue the document, your biometric data will be taken – 2 fingerprints and the face image.
If you receive a positive decision and are outside the country, you will be issued a single entry national visa, if necessary, and you will be able to enter Lithuania and collect your residence permit here.
To collect your residence permit you must contact the:
When you obtain a temporary residence permit, you must declare your place of residence.
If you hold a temporary residence permit, you must, not later than within 7 days, notify the Migration department in the event of: change of documents confirming your identity or citizenship; change of your family situation; change of your place of residence.
Duration of validity of permits/visas
A temporary residence permit is issued or renewed for 2 years or for the total duration of the voluntary service, if this is less than 2 years.
Conditions for renewal
A temporary residence permit may be renewed on the same conditions.
An application for the renewal of a temporary residence permit must be submitted to the Migration department’s territorial division. Application and required documents for the renewal of a temporary residence permit in general order shall be submitted at least 2 months in advance but not earlier than 4 months before the expiry of the current permit. Application and required documents for the renewal of the temporary residence permit on a matter of urgency shall be submitted at least 1 month before the expiry.
The decision to renew the residence permit is taken within 2 months at the latest. For an additional fee, the decision will be taken within 1 month at the latest.
You will be notified on the decision via the e-mail address, submitted in your application.
Decisions can be challenged before the Vilnius District Administrative Court within 14 days from the receipt of the decision and further before the Supreme Administrative Court.
Change of status
If conditions for issuing a temporary residence permit have changed and you are no longer eligible for the temporary residence permit, you must leave the Republic of Lithuania and your temporary residence permit will be revoked. However, if you express a wish to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, you may be granted a temporary residence permit on other grounds. In this case, you need to apply for a new temporary residence permit.
You are not allowed to be accompanied by your family members.
If you have been residing in a continuous and legal manner for five years in Lithuania, you can obtain a permanent resident’s status. The stay as a volunteer is counted in the period of residence.
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