Visas and Residence Permit
NOTE. IMPORTANT!! LEGAL ACTS REGULATING ENTRANCE AND STAY OF FOREIGNERS IN LITHUANIA
Information below is provided in the following order:
1. for incoming Exchange students and Free-movers
2. for incoming international Degree-seeking students
Incoming EXCHANGE students and Free-movers:
Students who are citizens of any country in the EU, EEA, EFTA do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Lithuania. Those students whose exchange (mobility) period is longer than for 3 months, will have to apply for the Certificate (of the form established by the Minister of the Interior) signifying their right to temporarily reside in Lithuania at the local migration office.
For all other exchange students and free-movers (non-EU countries citizens) a National Visa (D-type) is compulsory.
Students from countries who’s citizens do not require visas for entrance to the Republic of Lithuania (http://keliauk.urm.lt/en/entry-to-lithuania/visas/list-of-countries-whose-citizens-do-not-require-visas-to-enter-the-republic-of-lithuania ) can arrive to Lithuania freely, BUT after the arrival such students will have to apply for National Visa (D-type) at the local Migration Office in Vilnius. Below listed documents are compulsory to bring to Lithuania.
Students from countries who’s citizens require visas for entrance to the Republic of Lithuania must apply for National Visa (D-type) beforehand at the closest diplomatic missions or consular offices of the Republic of Lithuania.
In order to get a National Visa (D-type), the Exchange Student or free-mover must submit:
- A special Mediation Letter from Mykolas Romeris University (written in Lithuanian language);
- a valid travel document (Passport) (its validity must be no less than 1 more year longer after the last day of stay in Lithuania);
- a completed form of application for National Visa;
- one photo of 35x45 mm, corresponding to the age of the Student;
- the receipt of the paid consular fee (exchange programmes participants are exempted);
- a valid document certifying his/her health insurance coverage;
- a document certifying his/her sufficient subsistence means;
- Additional documents can be requested.
Students with National D-type visas can reside in Lithuania for up to 12 month and can travel to other Schengen countries (for up to 90 days in total). If the period of stay in Lithuania is longer, all international students will be required to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit.
Incoming international DEGREE-SEEKING students
Migration regulations are a subject to change, therefore it is always useful to check at the Lithuanian embassy or consulate about what type of visa is needed. Updated information about the required documents and procedures is also available on Internet site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.urm.lt or Lithuanian Migration department http://www.migracija.lt. Depending on the citizenship and length of stay in Lithuania, one may be able to enter Lithuania without a visa (please check it at the closest Lithuanian Embassy before arrival or on internet site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://keliauk.urm.lt/en/entry-to-lithuania/visas/list-of-countries-whose-citizens-do-not-require-visas-to-enter-the-republic-of-lithuania ).
Non-EU degree seeking students need a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) in order to study in
Temporary residence permit application procedure is quite long and may take up to 6 months. In order to start the studies on time, a degree seeking student may apply for National D type visa. Therefore the International Admissions Manager prepares and sends you two packages of documents (for National D type visa and for TRP) together with the Letter of Admission.
You must submit the documents to the closest Embassy of Lithuania. If you do not need a visa to enter
Once you are in
IMPORTANT: in order to apply for the first TRP, a student must obtain a certificate regarding (the absence of) a criminal record document from his home country and all foreign states where he/she lived before coming to Lithuania to confirm (the absence of) a criminal record in those states . The document must be translated into Lithuanian language.
After receiving information that the decision to issue a TRP is taken, the student must:
- Apply for formalising TRP in Migration Office in order to get Temporary residence card;
- Declare the living place at the local Office of the Municipality (Verkių Seniūnija; Kalvarijų str. 156, Vilnius, room No. 3) if it is not done already at the Migration office;
- Extend TRP (not later than 2 months before the expiration of the old one).
TRP formalising procedure in migration office
Documents you have to presented to Vilnius Migration Office*:
- A valid passport (plus a copy of this document);
- An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office);
- Three photos (40x60 mm)
- Health insurance (valid till the expiration date of TRP) for at least a sum of 5792,40 EUR**
- Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid a state Charge of 6 EUR for the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania.
* More detailed information concerning the payments, expiration of new TRP, insurance, etc. you can obtain at the Migration Office (Naugarduko str. 100, Vilnius).
** a minimum insured amount of the medical insurance contract (policy) needs to be at least 5792,40 eur and the insurance contract shall guarantee that all basic medical assistance costs and travel expenses which may arise in connection with the return, for health reasons, of a foreigner to homeland (medical transportation, including escort by medical brigade or a doctor) will be covered.
The TRP is issued within 10 days after accepting your documents. After receiving the TRP, you must declare your living place at the local Office of the Municipality (Verkių Seniūnija; Kalvarijų str. 156, Vilnius, room No. 3)) within 5 working days if it is not done already at the Migration office.
Declaration of living place
Documents you have to present to Verkių Seniūnija (if you live in the MRU Student house):
- A valid passport and TRP;
- Living place declaration form (Declaration form is in Lithuanian);
- Copy of MRU document from the Centre of Registers
Extention of TRP
Usually the first TRP is issued for a period of 12 months (1 year). As of 1 January 2017, Temporary Residence Permit can be issued for the period of up to two years! Please note that mediation letter for a longer than one year period will be issued by MRU for good students only (no academic or financial debts history, no violation of University rules, etc.). The student, who intends to continue studies at MRU, must apply for renewal of temporary residence permit at least 2 months before the TRP expires.
Documents you have to present to Migration Office:
- A valid passport and TRP (plus a copy of this document);
- An application form;
- One recent photo;
- Bank statement (from Lithuanian bank) showing you have sufficient amount of money to live in Lithuania.
- Faculty certificate regarding your enrolment at MRU (apply at the Faculty your are enrolled);
- Mediation letter from MRU (apply at email@example.com and pick up from International office Room No. I-305)
- Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid State’s Charge of 86 EUR for TRP renewal application*.
When the decision to renew TRP is taken, you have to present the following documents to Migration Office:
- A valid passport;
- An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office);
- Three photos (40x60 mm);
- Health insurance (valid till the expiration date of TRP) for at least 5792,40 EUR;
- Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid a State’s Charge of 6 EUR for the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania*.
* NOTE, that in case of failure to pay the State’s charge the examination of application for the replacement of TRP will be canceled.
It is compulsory to have a valid health insurance for entire period of stay in Lithuania. Only emergency medical aid is given free of charge. Please make sure you have one before arrival or ask at the International Office to indicate insurance company for to obtain valid health insurance here in Lithuania. A minimum insured amount of the medical insurance contract (policy) needs to be at least 5792,40 eur and the insurance contract shall guarantee that all basic medical assistance costs and travel expenses which may arise in connection with the return, for health reasons, of a foreigner to homeland (medical transportation, including escort by medical brigade or a doctor) will be covered. If you do not have European Health Insurance Card (applicable only for EU citizens) or Health insurance policy from your home country it is strongly recommended to obtain health insurance in Lithuania at local insurance companies. Health insurance for foreigners in Lithuania for 5 months period costs approx. 86,89-112,96 EUR. More information on local insurance companies and terms of insurance is available on http://www.draudikai.lt/en/insurers). Every time you will be asked for your health insurance policy when medical treatment at a general practitioner or hospitalisation is required.
Working in Lithuania during the Studies
Non-EU students willing to work during their studies in the Republic of Lithuania must obtain a Temporary residence permit and then can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies at Mykolas Romeris University.
During the last year of studying, non-EU students can apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for 6 additional months from the day when studies are finished in order to look for a job. Employment is possible however, a graduate must obtain a work permit from the territorial Labour Exchange office. In order to obtain a Work Permit either an employer or a graduate himself can apply.
To get a Work Permit the following documents are required:
- A copy of your TRP;
- A document from University stating that you are a student of a second or later year (or a diploma);
- A copy of your employment contract OR a written obligation by the employer to employ you;
The fee for the Work Permit is 35 €. Work Permit is issued within 14 days (usually takes less than that).
A foreign student, who is legally working in Lithuania, is eligible to receive all social insurance guaranties (for pensions, sickness and maternity, health, unemployment, accidents at work and occupational diseases).