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Blue Card for non-EU residents
About the Blue Card
A "Blue Card" is a permit that allows highly-qualified citizens of non-European Union countries to legally reside and work in an EU country. A Blue Card is issued to an employee with a university degree or at least 5 years of professional experience.
To be eligible for a Blue Card, an employee must be paid a salary equivalent to at least 3 times the average national salary (at the time of publication, 3 times the average national salary equals €2,400, before taxes), except for practitioners of 27 key professions (see below).
A new expedited procedure allows practitioners of 27 key professions faster and easier access to a Blue Card in Lithuania!
A Blue Card is usually issued for 3 years.
A Blue Card in Lithuania is usually issued for 3 years. If the term of the labour contract is for a shorter period, a Blue Card may be issued for the duration of the contract plus 3 months.
Family members of a Blue Card holder are also allowed to reside in the Republic of Lithuania. They will be issued a permit to temporarily reside in Lithuania for the same duration as their Blue-Card-holding family member.
Expedited Blue Card procedure
A Blue Card may be issued to practitioners of the following professions on an expedited basis (30 days regular, 15 days fast-track), provided their labour contract is for at least one year and the salary is at least 1.5 times the national average (at the time of publication, 1.5 times the average national salary equals €1,190, before taxes).
IT specialists from non-EU countries can receive Lithuanian living and working permits on an expedited basis.
Why work in Vilnius?
Though the Blue Card gives non-citizens access to all parts of the EU, Vilnius offers several distinct advantages that are worth considering. Lithuania’s capital is known to be friendly, clean and green. Also, being a relatively compact city makes getting around Vilnius both easy and quick, which is one of many factors contributing to the great work-life balance enjoyed by foreigners and locals alike.
A welcoming and supportive business community complements the quality of life here, which is characterised by the fact that Vilnius offers all the benefits of a European capital city at a fraction of the cost. Much like the city’s business environment, a collaborative spirit is something many foreigners appreciate in their everyday lives in Vilnius.
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