Lithuania has always strived to foster growth for tech businesses, talented individuals and plants (both manufacturing and flora). Invest Lithuania is here to help you put down roots and grow your tech business under the best conditions possible.
All our institutions have mobilised to launch complex aid and support mechanisms for those fleeing the war. The primary focus is to provide safety for people leaving Ukraine, and the borders of Lithuania are open to war refugees.
At the same time, we are here to help companies, whose operations and existence have been heavily affected by Russia‘s political decisions and actions. Lithuania is ready and will provide a safe and stable environment for all international, globally-minded businesses and their employees.
Moreover, Lithuanian institutions are finalising financial and regulatory support packages for businesses moving to Lithuania from war-affected countries. Further details will be announced in the nearest future. If you have more questions – simply reach out to us.
Invest Lithuania is the official agency for Foreign Direct Investment and Business Development. We’ll partner with you to get your business set up and off to the best start possible:
The company planning to relocate its employees to Lithuania shall provide a list of employees and their family members containing the following information should be provided to Invest Lithuania:
Timeline: The Invitation Letter will be prepared within 3-5 working days after the list of employees with the required information has been received.
*Citizens of Belarus, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea.
The employee and their family members, whose details have been provided in the Invitation Letter, will have to fill in an application form for the National (D) Visa.
The following documents are required for D Visa Application, which can only take place at the Lithuanian Embassy:
Note: The embassy recommends that applicants prepare company statements as they might be easier to obtain than personal bank statements. Each applicant needs to provide an Individual statement at the Embassy (not a single statement for all employees).
Employees should pay the application fee at the Lithuanian Embassy in Belarus. Payments are only accepted in cash and in euros. At the embassy, the applicant will have to provide all the above mentioned documents, together with their passport and fingerprints. Children younger than 12 do not have to submit their visa application in person, their parents or legal guardians can submit the application on their behalf.
Citizens of Belarus and their family members may obtain a 6 months valid visa and arrive in Lithuania. Currently the only way to obtain the national visa under the simplified procedure is through Lithuanian embassies in Minsk, Moscow, other countries (Istanbul, Almaty, Yerevan) visa centres.
Once the National D Visas are issued, employees and their family members can enter Lithuania. The National D Visa allows an individual to stay in Lithuania for 6 months.
Due to Covid-19 situation, all persons, arriving to Lithuania on regular, special and charter passenger routes organised and operated by carriers by all modes of transport are obligated to register with the National Public Health Center and show proof of registration; all persons, arriving to Lithuania by their own transport until the moment of crossing the border of Lithuania, are obligated to register with the National Public Health Center.
Before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, the traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the received confirmation (QR code) at the time of boarding.
Personal protective equipment covering the nose and mouth (masks) is mandatory in all indoor and crowded outdoor public places.
List of private laboratories in Lithuania performing testing for COVID-19 can be found here.
Once the legal entity of your company is established in Lithuania, your employees can apply for the EU Blue Card.
Important information about the EU Blue Card:
Main criteria for the EU Blue Card:
Note: An EU Blue Card can also be issued to the Director of the company, but additional documents must be provided.
Timeline: 15 days (fast track) or 1 month (standard).
State fee: €240 (fast track) or €120 (standard).
More information can be found here: eubluecard.lt
For general information on the latest developments on COVID-19 in Lithuania, including health advice and travel arrangements, please visit the National Public Health Center page.
Information last updated on 8th March 2022
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Lithuania is home to a vibrant Belarusian community. Some moved here to study, others – to work, while some have been living in Vilnius for many generations. There are Belarusian and Russian kindergartens and schools, and international companies offer ample work opportunities in English or Russian. Besides, Minsk is only a couple of hours away.
Lithuanians are open and welcoming to newcomers, and we also share many values and a common history that spans hundreds of years. Here, you and your loved ones will feel at home.
The three largest Lithuanian cities – Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda – are compact and smart, cutting your commute times and making your everyday life more manageable. All of them host substantial expat communities and are home to hundreds of international companies that are always hiring. Also, each city has a dedicated agency that helps newcomers with all their questions – from finding a kindergarten for your kids to getting a driving license. Visit one of their pages and get the advice you need!
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