Practical information for incoming students

Visas and Residence Permit

1. 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 (Do I need a visa?) 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 (Vytenio str. 18, 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:
1. Intermediation Letter number (from MRU International Office);
2. Valid travel document (Passport) (its validity must be no less than 1 more year longer after the last day of stay in Lithuania);
3. Completed form of application for National D type Visa (Electronic application form must be completed according to instruction provided in the form);
4. One photo of 35×45 mm, corresponding to the age of the Student;
5. Receipt of the paid consular fee (exchange programmes participants are exempted);
6. Document certifying his/her health insurance coverage (valid in all Schengen countries till the expiration date of requested visa) for at least 30000 Eur* (in Lithuanian, English or Russian);

7. Document certifying his/her sufficient subsistence means (321 Eur per month + 642 Eur for travel expenses);

Additional documents can be requested.


Registration for VISA D application (if you apply in Lithuania).

Students with National D-type visas can reside in Lithuania for up to 12 months 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.
 

2. 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 or Lithuanian Migration department. 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).

Students from EU or EFTA do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Lithuania. They can come and stay in Lithuania for 3 months. After that, they 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.

Documents to be submitted for a Certificate:
1. Valid travel document;
2. Completed form of application;
3. Document confirming that you are accepted at MRU (from your faculty/institute);
4. Bank statement confirming that you have enough funds during your stay in LT;
5. Health insurance;
6. Payment of 8,60 EUROS.

Non-EU degree seeking students need a National multiple entry D type visa in order to arrive to Lithuania. They have to apply for it at the closest Embassy of Lithuania before arrival (http://keliauk.urm.lt/en/entry-to-lithuania/visas/list-of-countries-whose-citizens-do-not-require-visas-to-enter-the-republic-of-lithuania). D type visa can be valid for 12 months the longest. Therefore, 4-5 months before the expiration of visa D students have to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) (valid for 1 or 2 years depending on student’s subsistence). 2-3 months before the expiration of TRP students have to apply for a TRP renewal.

Documents to be submitted for a D type visa:
1. Application form

  1. Valid travel document (issued in the last ten years with a validity of at least 3 months longer than the period of validity of the visa applied for);
    3. Mediation letter number from the University;
    4. Health Insurance (valid in all Schengen countries till the expiration date of requested visa) for at least 30000 Eur;
    5. Bank statement confirming that you have sufficient amount of money to live in Lithuania (321 Eur per month = 3852 Eur per year + 642 Eur for travel expenses);
    6. One colour photo (35×45 mm);
    7. Paid fee of 120 Eur.

Documents to be submitted for TRP issuing:

You must first submit an application for an issue of a temporary residence permit electronically through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS – https://www.migracija.lt/)

You can see how to fill in the application form in this video.

After submitting the application and booking an appointment through MIGRIS, you must submit the biometric data and the following documents in person within 4 months from the date of submission of the application to MIGRIS:

1. Application number (after submitting the application form using Lithuanian migration information system (MIGRIS));
2. Valid travel document (passport);
3. Mediation letter number from the University;
4. Consent of the parents or a parent, the guardian (carer) or other legal representative to the anticipated stay (studies) in the Republic of Lithuania, if the foreigner is a minor;
5. Bank statement confirming that you have sufficient amount of money to live in Lithuania (321 Eur per month = 3852 Eur per year)**;
6. Letter proving place of residence;
7. Police clearance certificate in your country (or in a country in which you have lived for longer than 6 months during the last 2 years) certifying the fact that you have (not) been convicted of a crime (translated into Lithuanian and properly legalised; certificate must be issued not earlier than 6 months before the application for a TRP)***;
8. Health Insurance (valid in all Schengen countries till the expiration date of requested TRP) (sum insured – EUR 6,000)**;
9. Document certifying legal stay in Lithuania;
10. Paid state fee:
– on a general basis (3 months) – EUR 120
– on an urgent basis (45 calendar days) – EUR 240

After receiving information that the decision to issue a TRP is taken, the student must:
• Apply for formalization of 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;
• Timely apply for renewal of TRP (not later than 2 months before expiry of the current one).

Documents to be submitted for TRP renewal:

You must first submit an application for renewal of a temporary residence permit electronically through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS – https://www.migracija.lt/)

You can see how to fill in the application form in this video.

After submitting the application and booking an appointment through MIGRIS, you must submit the biometric data and the following documents in person within 4 months from the date of submission of the application to MIGRIS:

1. Application number (after submitting the application form using Lithuanian migration information system (MIGRIS));
2. Valid travel document (passport);
3. Mediation letter number from the University;
4. Consent of the parents or a parent, the guardian (carer) or other legal representative to the anticipated stay (studies) in the Republic of Lithuania, if the foreigner is a minor;
5. Bank statement confirming that you have sufficient amount of money to live in Lithuania (321 Eur per month = 3852 Eur per year)**;
6. Letter proving place of residence;
7. Health Insurance (valid in all Schengen countries till the expiration date of requested TRP) (sum insured – EUR 6,000)**;
8. Document certifying legal stay in Lithuania;
9. Paid state fee:
– on a general basis (2 months) – EUR 120
– on an urgent basis (1 month) – EUR 240

NOTE! Only full package of documents is accepted for consideration of visa D or TRP! Double-check if all your documents are prepared for submission – Check-list.

NOTE! Letter proving place of residence from MRU “Student house” will be provided for students who have got agreement with it.

NOTE! From 9 March 2020, an alien who applies for a temporary residence permit or its replacement may submit a document on his / her proper residential premises (when this document is required) at his / her choice:

  • when filling in the application in the Lithuanian Migration Information System (hereinafter referred to as “the LMIS”);
  • upon arrival to the Migration Department at the scheduled time of the visit to provide documents and biometric data;
  • when withdrawing the temporary residence permit. More information

More detailed information concerning the payments, expiration of new TRP, insurance, etc. you can obtain at the Migration Office  – Vilnius Division of the Migration Department (Vytenio str. 18, Vilnius).

More information on Visa and Temporary Residence Permit and Certificates for EU/EFTA Nationals.

All the documents for visa D and TRP have to be submitted to the Vilnius Division of the Migration Department (Vytenio str. 18, Vilnius)

* A minimum insured amount of the medical insurance contract (policy) needs to be at least 30.000 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/repatriation, including escort by medical brigade or a doctor) will be covered.

** Documents issued abroad must be translated into Lithuanian language and certified by an interpreter. The document proving health insurance may be given in the original English language or may be translated from other language to English, certified by an interpreter.

*** A certificate of conviction stating that the foreigner has not been convicted may be given in the original English language or may be translated from other language to English, certified by an interpreter.
A certificate of conviction, which is not written in the original English language or which states
when and what criminal activity the foreigner has been convicted for, what penalty was imposed to him/her and if it was fully served, must be translated to Lithuanian language, certified by interpreter.
The certificate of conviction must be legalized or certified (Apostille), according to the procedure prescribed by legal acts, except for the certificate of conviction issued by:
– Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Latvia or Moldova;
– foreign diplomatic missions or consular posts residing in the Republic of Lithuania;
– foreign diplomatic missions or consular posts residing abroad and accredited without any other country, including the Republic of Lithuania

**** To formalize your new TRP you have to present the following documents to Migration Office:
• A valid passport;

  • An application form (obtainable at the Migration Office);
    • Letter proving place of residence (from Student Support Manager);

• Health insurance (valid till the expiration date of TRP);
• Cheque from the bank indicating that you’ve paid a State’s Charge for the document certifying your legal stay in Lithuania*****.

***** In case of failure to pay the State’s charge the examination of application for the issuing/replacement of TRP will be cancelled. 

WORKING IN LITHUANIA DURING THE STUDIES AND AFTER GRADUATION 

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. No additional work permits are required. Phd students can work full-time.

After graduation, non-EU students can apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for 12 additional months for a job search and self-employment purposes. During these 12 additional months no additional work permits are required from the recent graduates.

Later on, if employment in the Republic of Lithuania continues, graduate should timely apply to renew his/her Temporary Residence Permit on the grounds of Employment contract and also 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. Information provided in the Lithuanian Labour Exchange.

NOTE. IMPORTANT!! LEGAL ACTS REGULATING ENTRANCE AND STAY OF FOREIGNERS IN LITHUANIA

Migration information centre (MIC) “I Choose Lithuania” consults international students on questions related to legal stay in Lithuania, social guarantees, health care, work and employment free of charge. Consultations in the centre are in Lithuanian, English and German languages.

You can find more information on “I Choose Lithuania” website.

“I Choose Lithuania“:
Address: A. Jakšto 12, LT-01105 Vilnius
Ph.: +370 5 2 51 43 52
Email: mic@iom.lt
Skype: migracijos informacijos centras
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“Relocation Guide” will explain every step that you might face before and after coming to Vilnius – from basic information about the city, job offers and documentation to accommodation, gym or kindergarten search and joining various communities and organisations.

You can find the guide on “Go Vilnius” website.

Consultation for Incoming Exchange students:
Inesa Cvetkova
Senior manager for Incoming Students
Room: I-302
Ph.: (370 5) 271 4603
Email.: incoming@mruni.eu


Consultation for Incoming Degree-seeking students:

Živilė Jankauskaitė-Turkmen
International Students Support Manager
Room: I-322
Ph.: (370 5) 271 4578
Email.: student.support@mruni.eu

Insurance

Health insurance requirements for Foreigners in Lithuania

It is compulsory to have a valid health insurance (in Schengen area) 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 to obtain valid health insurance here in Lithuania. A minimum insured amount of the medical insurance contract (policy) needs to be at least 30.000 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/repatriation, 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 approximately 87-115 Eur. More information on local insurance companies and terms of insurance is available on http://www.draudikai.lt/en/insurers. Every time when medical treatment at a general practitioner or hospitalisation is required you will be asked to show your health insurance policy. In most cases a foreigner is required to pay for health care services to the health care institution and then needs to claim for reimbursement of expenses from their health insurance providers (accordingly, read all terms and conditions of your health insurance policy carefully and keep the contact telephone of insurance company nearby!!!).

Accommodation

Mykolas Romeris University offers accommodation for international students on campus – at student residence hall “Student house”- the twelve-floor modern building. It takes 5 minutes on foot to come to the main University building.

MRU Student house offers shared rooms for two or three students, also single rooms. International exchange students are required to pay for the accommodation in advance for the entire semester at their arrival or during the introductory week (i. e. for all 5 months of the semester).

All the rooms have Internet access. The “Student house” is also equipped with a table tennis room for relaxation. Bathroom facilities are mostly shared by two rooms. There is one common use kitchen, meeting room, working room in each floor. Students are obliged to clean up and keep the order in the kitchen and rooms by themselves. Laundry room is also available for international students with extra charge.

Room configuration in the dorm: Each room has beds, a working desk, shelfs and a wardrobe. Blankets, pillows etc. are provided upon signing accommodation agreement.

Detailed information about accommodation options, rules, reservations can be found here.

Transportation

Transport system

Transport system in Vilnius is quite well developed. There are busses, troleybusses and microbuses available for service. There are single usage, 3-days usage, and monthly tickets available in Vilnius for busses and troleybusses.  “Single tickets“ in Vilnius means that a ticket may be used only on one mean of the transportation and only for one non-stop ride. Tickets for busses and troleybusses are to be bought at any press kiosk with a title “Lietuvos Spauda”. On some busses and troleybusses single usage ticket may be obtained from the driver. All routs, schedules, distances and other information about public transportation in Vilnius is available on internet address http://www.vilniustransport.lt
Taxi as alternative mean of transportation in Vilnius is not as expensive as in other European cities. The price for one kilometer usually ranges from 0,65 – 0,95 eur, therefore 15 -20 eur is enough to get from one end of the city to another. In order to avoid the overcharging it is suggested to use one of the numerous App’s f.e. Bolt (https://bolt.eu/lt/), Uber (https://www.uber.com/global/en/cities/vilnius/) or book online – f.e. taxi company A2B (http://a2b.lt/en/service/
More information about Vilnius is available at the Municipality website: http://www.vilnius.lt or at the independent source – a guidebook “Vilnius in Your Pocket” publisher: www.inyourpocket.com (choose Vilnius).

From the Airport:

By taxi it would cost you about 15-20 eur to go to Mykolas Romeris University. It is advised to agree with the taxi driver about the price before entrance to a taxi. Although the taxi drivers are obligated to switch on a taxometer they sometimes cheat especially with the foreigners. By public transportation: From the Airport, you can take bus No. 3G and change in bus stop “Zaliasis tiltas” to a bus No. 10. Your destination stop is a bus stop “Mykolo Romerio universitetas”. Single bus ticket, valid for one journey on one unit of transportation costs 1,01 eur (3,50 litas) and should be bought from a bus driver. Total length of travel by public transportation from the Airport to the Mykolas Romeris University is about 50 minutes.

When staying in Vilnius for longer period it is strongly advisable to obtain from the Press kiosk at the Airport an E-tickets card for 1,50 eur (“Vilniečio kortelė”) and top it up with electronic tickets which are valid according to the timing – 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 1 day, 3 day, 10 day, etc…. With a valid ticket in the card, properly activated on board of public vehicle, if necessary, it is possible to change the public transport for free and for unlimited number of journeys within the time of the e-ticket. More information public transportation tickets: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism/transport/public-transport/ .
To catch up with the public transport routs and timetables check at http://www.stops.lt/vilnius/#bus/en

From the Railway Station or Bus Station:

By taxi it would cost you approximately 10-15 eur to go to the Mykolas Romeris University. By public transportation: You can either take a bus no. 2G and go until the bus stop “Mykolo Romerio universitetas”. Duration of travel by public transportation will be approximately 35 minutes.

When staying in Vilnius for longer period it is strongly advisable to obtain from the Press kiosk outside the Railway or Bus station an E-tickets card for 1,50 eur (“Vilniečio kortelė”) and top it up with electronic tickets which are valid according to the timing – 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 1 day, 3 day, 10 day, etc…. With a valid ticket in the card, properly activated on board of public vehicle, if necessary, it is possible to change the public transport for free and for unlimited number of journeys within the time of the e-ticket. More information public transportation tickets: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism/transport/public-transport/ .
To catch up with the public transport routs and timetables check at http://www.stops.lt/vilnius/#bus/en

If you arrive by car:

Please take a look to a map of Vilnius nearby. You will probably arrive by the road A1 (E271) (from Kaunas). Take OSLO street (Oslo gatve), then further to LAISVES avenue (Laisves prospektas). Go to the very end of Laisves prospektas and then go straight to ATEITIES street (Ateities gatve). The Mykolas Romeris University is a white building on the right side of Ateities street.
A turn to the Student house is also to the right immediately after the Mykolas Romeris University.

You may always get directions to Mykolas Romeris University by entering address “Ateities g. 20, Vilnius” into your GPS navigator or Google maps

 

Local Currency and Bank Cards

Lithuania joined the euro zone from 1 January 2015, therefore the currency in Lithuania is EURO.

More information on local money is available on internet site of the Bank of Lithuania http://www.lbank.lt/eng/about/index.html

In Lithuania most of the internationally recognized bank and credit cards are accepted and widely used in all shops and shopping centers where such method of payment is indicated at the entrance. International students of Mykolas Romeris University may open accounts and ask for bank cards in Lithuanian banks similarly to Lithuanian students. If you wish to open an account in any Lithuanian bank, just apply to any bank branch or ask at the International Office for advice. Please note, that at the end of study period in Lithuania, all international students are required to close bank accounts, opened in Lithuania.

Telcos and Phone Calls:

The largest company providing fixed telecommunications in Lithuania is TEO LT. If you want to make a call from a pay-phone boot, be sure, you use Lithuanian telecom service. To make an international call, first dial 8-10 OR 00, then dial a country (and city) code and then – a telephone number. Usually all country codes are listed in the telephone boots or may be consulted by calling 117 (free of charge telecom customer service) or 118 (information telephone at 1,5 LTL=0,39 eur rate per a call). Pay-phone cards (telefono kortelë) may be purchased in all press kiosks.
Mobile communications are provided by the three major operators in Lithuania – Omnitel, Bite and Tele2. All international students may get services under the same conditions as regular local students (usually with special student discounts). Prepaid mobile telephone cards (EZYS from Omnitel, LABAS from Bite, PILDYK from Tele2) ease communication both within Lithuania and international student’s home country. International calls are made in the same manner as from fixed telecommunications telephone (00-country code-city code-telephone number).

To receive phone calls from a foreign country it is essential to know that:

  • Lithuania’s code is 370
  • To a fixed line telephone: Vilnius code 5 + telephone number
  • To a mobile telephone: 6+relevant operator’s code + telephone number
  • For example: Your mobile telephone number is 23 45678 (where 23 is your operator’s code and 45678 is your telephone number). A friend from a foreign country or Lithuania may reach you by dialing +370 6 23 45678.

Emergency Telephone Numbers
United Emergency Telephone 112

Mentor System

It is always not easy to go to study abroad and to get used to the new environment, especially when cultural and other differences between your country and Lithuania as well as language barrier are significant. For this reason at Mykolas Romeris University we have launched Mentors’ programme to help foreign exchange students to adapt in the new environment. Since academic year 2006/2007 Mentors’ programme was organized by the Committee for International Relations of Students’ Representative Body where students working to ease some worries of students’ life.

In Mykolas Romeris University, Mentoring system is currently offered by ESN MRU Vilnius, a part of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which is the biggest student association in Europe, established on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. As of March 2017, ESN is present in more than 800 Higher Education Institutions from 40 countries.

ESN MRU Vilnius is a local section of ESN Lithuania. The main aim of ESN MRU Vilnius is to help incoming and outgoing International students in Mykolas Romeris University. ESN MRU Vilnius was established on the 10th of February, 2010 and is located in Mykolas Romeris University, Room II-214.

The section has lots of active, friendly and really fun members and around 180 exchange students every semester. ESN MRU Vilnius has 9 board members and coordinators and is famous for their big events – Introductory Week, Erasmus Got Talent, Cooking Battle, Pub Quiz.

Mentors are MRU students volunteers – your contemporaries. Most of them already have been Erasmus students so we know with what kind of problems exchange students face and peculiarities of Erasmus traditions. All incoming exchange students get personal mentors which can answer most of the questions about life, entertainments and places to visit in Lithuania. They are helping for students to do all the necessary things:

  • meeting arriving students at Vilnius International Airport, Bus or Train stations;
  • housing in the Students’ House;
  • finding a flat to rent if it is necessary;
  • arranging documents for Migration Office;
  • applying for LSP (Lithuanian student ID) or ISIC (International Student Identity Card);
  • paying for the dormitory or opening an account in the bank;
  • solving health problems and etc.

CONTACTS:
E-mail: mru@esnlithuania.org
Website: http://mru.esnlithuania.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/esn.mru.vilnius/

ATTENTION: degree-seeking students from Lithuania and other countries can apply to become a member of ESN MRU Vilnius. If you are interested in becoming a part of the huge network, write an e-mail to mru@esnlithuania.org.