Get a Permit
If you are from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and want to work in Lithuania, you will not need any permit. You will only be required to fill out a specific form to legalize your stay in our country. If you are not a citizen of the European Union and intend to work in Lithuania, you will have to obtain a work permit. This should be done before your arrival in Lithuania.
If you want to be sure that your profession or occupation is recognized in Lithuania, consult the list of regulated professions. It includes all the professions regulated by each EU country.
You are also recommended to check if you need a residence permit.
A temporary residence permit is document entitling an alien to a temporary residence in the Republic of Lithuania for the period specified therein. The permit for a temporary residence in our country is issued to non-EU citizens.
Permanent residence permit is granted to those who intend to permanently reside in Lithuania and who have confirmed the status of a permanent resident alien. This permit is issued for a period of five years.
Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland willing to work in Lithuania, are not required to have any work permit, as provided by the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC). 562/200615 March 2006.
Citizens of the European Union Member States and their family members, who come to Lithuania for more than three months over a period of half a year, and who are in compliance with at least one of the requirements specified in Article 101(1) of the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners, are issued a certificate confirming their legitimate residence, as approved by the Minister of Interior.
Citizens of the member states of the European Free Trade Association are subject to the same provisions as in case of the European Union Member States. European Union citizen‘s family members who are not citizens of the Union are issued EU family member‘s residence cards.
Non-EU citizens willing to work in Lithuania must obtain a work permit. This should be done before coming to Lithuania, unless a foreigner is relieved from this obligation (for more information - the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens).
A work permit is issued to foreigners for a period of up to two years. The permit specifies a company, institution or organization employing the individual as well as the position taken. Other terms and conditions apply in case of seasonal work or internship.
Conditions and procedure for issuing a work permit to an alien have been set forth by the Minister of Social Security and Labour in consultation with the Minister of the Interior (a work permit shall be issued to an alien and withdrawn by the Labour Exchange of Lithuania under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania; the application shall be processed within two months from the date of receipt of the application).
A work permit may be issued to a foreign national, if Lithuania has no professional that would meet employer's requirements.
An alien who applies for a high-skilled qualification job, shall be issued a decision by the Lithuanian Labour Exchange confirming its compliance with the needs of the Lithuanian labour market. Decision to issue (replace) the temporary residence permit to an alien who intends to engage in a job requiring high professional qualifications (EU Blue Card) is adopted by the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior.