LITHUANIANS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Civic rights & civil service

Lithuanian citizenship accords civic rights throughout the EU.

 

If you live in another European Union Member State, in addition to your voting rights in Lithuania (detailed here), you will also be able to vote:

  • in all sub-national elections in the country where you live;

  • for the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) representing the country of your residence (but you must choose whether you vote in Lithuania or the EU Member State where you reside; you may not vote for MEPs in both).

 

 

Subject to meeting the qualification requirements (e.g. residence and age), Lithuanian citizens may run for office in local and European elections in other EU Member States. Specific rules and registration procedures vary by individual country.

 

 

Civil service

  • Lithuanian citizens may seek employment in the civil service of other EU countries, subject to certain limitations (e.g. most countries will not allow foreigners to work as diplomats or border guards).

  • They may also work and intern in the lucrative civil service of the European Union institutions (not only in Brussels, but in many locations across the continent), which are open to all EU citizens.

Residence rights
  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

 

As a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, you will be entitled to freely work, study, set up a business, and retire in any EU Member State:

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

 

Ease of travel

A Lithuanian passport opens borders. In addition to the generous worldwide visa-free travel arrangements (see here), a number of advantages exists specifically in relation to the European Union.

 

  • Within the no-borders Schengen Travel Area no regular border checks take place on land, at airports, or at water ports when travelling directly between two countries within the Area. When arriving from or departing to countries outside the Area, additional passport control lanes designated for European citizens only are in operation.

 

  • Many countries in Europe, including all European Union and Schengen Travel Area states, do not require Lithuanians to carry a passport for entry. The credit-card sized national identity cards are valid for European travel in these cases and present a more convenient and economical option. Full list here.

 

  • Lithuanian driving licenses (available to residents only) are fully valid for driving within the EU and many other countries while travelling. All driving licenses currently being issued by EU Member States have the same appearance. Should you move to another EU country, a Lithuanian license can either be exchanged without a driving test or will, in most cases, remain valid in the host country for an extended period of time, subject to specific national rules.

 

  • Should a citizen of Lithuania require consular assistance abroad (help from the embassy/consulate), if it is the case that no Lithuanian mission exists in their country of travel, they may approach the embassy/consulate of any other EU state to receive emergency citizen services. For example, if a Lithuanian citizen loses travel documents or is arrested in, say, Malaysia (there are no Lithuanian representations in Malaysia), they will be able to receive assistance from, for instance, the Embassy of Denmark.

Additionally, similar residence rights are available in countries with close ties to the EU:

 

Furthermore, facilitated immigration schemes using a quota system are also operated in:

  • Liechtenstein

  • Switzerland

During the transitional period following its exit from the EU, some rights are retained provisionally in:

 

The "fine print":

 

If you are interested in moving to a non-mainland territory of an EU Member State (e.g. Aruba or Reunion Island), please keep in mind that the status of these dependent territories often differs from full EU membership and residence regulations are specific in each case. It is essential that you clarify the up-to-date immigration rules of your chosen paradise!

 

After the first three months, EU nationals who are not working, self-employed, or studying (and are not family members of such EU nationals), must be able to support themselves in order for their residence entitlement to officially continue. Some countries require EU nationals to register the fact of their residence by submitting papers for a special EU residence permit, while others also require all of their residents, including native-born, to declare their official address. Some have both and others have neither of these procedures. The level of access to public benefits varies by country and sometimes depends on the length or basis of your stay. Certain exceptions to the otherwise steadfast freedom of movement exist if the host government considers that an individual EU migrant e.g. poses a threat to the country's national security or public health and order, in which case they can be removed. This is, of course, exceptionally rare.

 

If you see yourself in Europe at some point in your life, let Mano Pasas get Lithuanian citizenship for you now! What are the benefits of being a Lithuanian citizen in the European Union? Many, starting with immigration!

 

  • RESIDENCE RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE EU

  • CIVIC RIGHTS AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT

  • STUDYING IN EUROPE

  • EASE OF TRAVEL

Few would argue that Europe is an amazing place to study at university!

 

  • In addition to the great atmosphere and high level of teaching offered by many institutions throughout the EU, the fees and funding options are very attractive in many European countries.

 

  • In some of the countries, students who are EU citizens qualify for even better financial packages. This may or may not be linked to actual residence in the EU, depending on the country you have in mind.

 

  • With so many low-cost air carriers operating in Europe, you can make the very best of your student experience by seeing this surprisingly diverse continent inexpensively during academic breaks. 

 

  • And, if you decide you want to stay a little while longer (heard of good job opportunities in your sector, fell in love with the Euro lifestyle, want to freelance or try launching a small business, or simply aren't a fan of long-distance relationships...), hey, as a Lithuanian citizen in the EU, you will be making your own decisions about staying or going!

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Did you know?

 

The Lithuanian word for a citizen, pilietis, derives from the word for a castle, pilis, and means, roughly, "one who lives in the castle".

 

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