If you are an EU citizen and want to open a business in Lithuania, you do not need a residence permit. For more information regarding starting a business, click here.
The Startup Visa gives you special access to a streamlined migration procedure for claiming a temporary residence permit in Lithuania. A temporary residence permit will then allow you to live in the country for one year, with the possibility of a further one-year extension. You’ll also be allowed to bring your family with you.
To prolong your stay after the 2 years are up, you’ll have to fulfill regular immigration requirements. The Startup Lithuania team will be there to guide you through the application process and help you get your idea up and running in Lithuania.
Startup Lithuania is a government run initiative that is an essential cog in the country’s startup ecosystem. They are there to help and guide your business by providing hassle free support on initial legal and administrative queries, and by connecting you to other members of the ecosystem through consultations, events and seminars.
In Vilnius you’ll find a growing, dynamic community of innovators just like yourself who are ready to share their experience and provide support.
Once you’ve been approved by the committee, you’ll receive an official confirmation letter from Enterprise Lithuania stating that your business idea matches the required criteria. This letter will be required by the Migration department when you apply for a temporary residence permit. Apply for a residence permit at the Lithuanian embassy in your country or submit documents directly at the Migration department.
If you are an EU citizen and are planning to stay for more than 3 months, you need to register to get an EU National Certificate from the Migration Center.
If you are coming to Vilnius from outside the EU, you’ll need to secure a visa or a residence permit to stay here.