Info centres for migrants, NGO, Governmental organizations
Info points for immigrants provide services:
- Free consultations on social and common issues
- Free legal consultations on human rights and labour law
- Free Lithuanian language courses
- Assistance in translation from other languages
- Job search assistance
- Free workshops on relevant topics
- Free qualified psychological help
- Organization of the Lithuanian Constitution and society courses
- Cultural, cognitive events
Free aid and services for migrants are provided in the following three services located in major cities of the country:
Migration information centre (Vilnius)
TMO Vilnius office
A. Jakšto str. 12, Vilnius
Fax: +370 5 261 13 26
Centre „inLT“ (Kaunas)
Šv. Gertrūdos str. 18A, Kaunas
Tel. +370 656 96766
Infocentre for migrants (Klaipėda)
K. Donelaičio str. 21A, Klaipėda
Tel. 8 46 211 472
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Geographical location: Eastern Coast of the Baltic Sea.
Neighbouring countries: Latvia (land border length: 588 km, sea wall: 22 km), Belarus (border length: 677 km), Poland (border length: 104 km), Russia (Kaliningrad region) land border length: 255 km, Curonian Lagoon: 18 km, sea: 22 km).
Major cities of Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda
Capital – Vilnius.
Area: 65 300 sq. kilometers (25 212 sq. miles).
State language: Lithuanian, derived from Indo-European pro-dialects, of Baltic origin. Lithuanians use 32-letter alphabet of Latin origin.
Other languages used in the country: Russian, Polish, English.
Form of governance: Republic.
Head of State: President (Dalia Grybauskaite, elected in 2009).
Population: 2 847 904 (2017)
Religion: mostly Roman Catholics (about 80 %).
Country code: +370
National currency: Euro
Climate: between the sea and continent. Average annual temperature 5 °C (41 °F). Average January temperature in Vilnius –4.3 °C; average July temperature +18.1 °C.
The prices of the most purchased food in Lithuania.
|Potatoes (1 kg)||0,23 €|
|Rice (1 kg)||0,88 €|
|Pasta (1 kg)||0,65 €|
|Oatmeal (1 kg)||0,65 €|
|Loaf of brown/white bread||0,99 €|
|Grapes (1 kg.)||3,00 €|
|Coffee (500 g.)||4,00 €|
|Tea (1pak., 20 vnt.)||1,80 €|
|Chicken (1 kg)||2,50 €|
|Pork (1 kg)||3,50 €|
|Beef (1 kg)||14,00 €|
|Trout (1 kg)||10,99 €|
|Carp (1 kg)||4,99 €|
|Pike (1 kg)||4,00 €|
|Chicken eggs (10 vnt.)||1,80 €|
|Kefir (1 l.)||0,90 €|
|Milk (1 l.)||0,90 €|
|Yoghurt (1 l.)||0,97 €|
|Curd (1 kg.)||3,00 €|
|Butter (180 g.)||1,80 €|
|Cheese (200 g.)||1,80 €|
|Vilnius||Bus ticket price||1 €|
|Trolleybus ticket price||1 €|
|Taxi price||0,49 1 €/1 km.|
|Kaunas||Bus ticket price||1 €|
|Troleibuso bilieto kaina||1 €|
|Taxi price||0,48 1 €/1 km.|
|Klaipėda||Bus ticket price||0,70 €|
|Taxi price||0,33 €/1 km.|
Several important facts about work in Lithuania (updated in March 2018):
- Unemployment in Lithuania 8,7 percent (2018)
- Average netto salary 667,3 Euro (2018)
- The minimum brutto monthly salary 400 Euro
- Minimum hourly rate 2.45 Euro
- State social insurance basic (minimum) pension 152,92 Euro
- Average social insurance retirement pension 287,04 Euro (September, 2017)
- Relations between employee and employer are regulated by the Labour Code.
Information on a visa for NON-EU citizens.
Before planning a journey to Lithuania, check if a visa is needed.
List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa for entry into the Republic of Lithuania, read here.
If you need a visa, use the online visa search here.
Information on residence permits in Lithuania
Do you want to stay in Lithuania longer than your visa allows? If you have a motivated reason, you can apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit in Lithuania.
The decision of residence permit is issued by the Migration Department www.migracija.lt.
In some cases it is not necessary to apply for residence personally. It can be done by authorizing a family member or lawyer.
Important! If you have a temporary residence permit in Lithuania, after five years you can apply for a permanent residence permit. In this case you will have to take state language exam (category I, corresponding A1 – A2 levels) and exam on the basics of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.
It is not necessary to take state language exam and exam on the basics of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania if:
- person aged 75;
- person with incapacity of 0-25 percent;
- person with special needs, established by national legislation;
- person with severe chronic mental illness;
- foreigners with cancelled previously issued permanent residence permits.
For more information visit the Migration Department website at www.migracija.lt and the Education Development Center website at www.upc.smm.lt.
Information on work permits in Lithuania for EU citizens
A work permit in Lithuania is issued by the Lithuanian Labour Exchange (www.ldb.lt).
The work permit in Lithuania provides the basis for getting a temporary residence permit in Lithuania.
In order to get a work permit in Lithuania your potential employer must apply for it. For example, you have welder qualifications, work experience and you find an employer in Lithuania who needs this kind of specialist.
More information on a work permit in Lithuania is on Lithuanian Labour Exchange website or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.+370 5 236 0793.
Lithuania not only carries out consultations for foreigners, but also takes care of the reintegration of Lithuanians living abroad in Lithuania. Among other migration-related programs, the IOM also runs a voluntary return and reintegration program, which helps foreigners to return to their country of origin more safely and with dignity.
It actively participates in the process of integration of migrants in Lithuania as a state helper in implementing the state integration program.
Services provided by the Red Cross of Lithuania:
- ensuring equal rights and opportunities for migrant women in creating well-being of the state and using state and society resources in the labour market, education, health care, social security, political and civic participation;
- assistance in finding housing;
- assistance in finding work;
- psychological support;
- free Lithuanian language courses;
- free consultation on various issues.
Lithuanian Caritas is implementing a program of integration of foreigners, whose one of the goals is a successful social integration of newly arrived third-country nationals in Lithuania. The focus is on education, training, raising awareness, meeting with the community. Only through participation in these activities successful integration into a new community is possible.
Lithuanian Caritas provides support for immigrants by organizing courses in Lithuanian language, history and culture (as well as literature, documentary, cinema, music, theater and visual arts). The main goal of Caritas is to organize workshops, lectures, intensive courses and other activities that enhance their opportunities for as much easier integration as possible.
The United Nations Organization looks after the activities of the UN Refugee Agency whose key objective is to protect the rights and well-being of people who were made to flee their homes. With the help of partners and communities, they seek to ensure that every person has the right to apply for asylum and find security in another country. In more than fifty years, the UN Agency has helped to start lives from scratch for millions of people: refugees, returnees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers.
The Diversity Development Group’s one of the goals is to implement scientific, applied and infrastructure projects on migration and integration. The main objective of the organization is to improve and manage diversity in order to achieve a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society. DDG’s activities include the following areas: active participation in research and project activities at national and international levels. This group have been working on migration and human rights for more than five years. Their experience covers qualitative and quantitative studies, assessment of indicators of migratory integration and measures for monitoring migration policy. The DDG experts have contributed to the conceptualization of the model of migrants’ integration in Lithuania and the guidelines of the Lithuanian migration policy.
Soros International House organizes Lithuanian language training for foreigners. It also conducts various educational projects intended for the integration of migrants.
Equality Development Center aims to reduce the discrimination phenomena, fight for equal rights of people of other origin and opportunities.
If you have any questions before coming to Lithuania or have any questions on arrival, you can contact the following governmental organizations responsible for migration policy:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania takes part in the formation of the foreign policy of the country and represents the legitimate interests of the Republic of Lithuania and its citizens. Information on the issue of visas and residence permits, contact information of consular organizations for those who want to come to Lithuania is available on the Ministry’s website.
The Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania implements the state policy in the field of migration, adopts decisions on granting a permit for residence in Lithuania. This institution is responsible for solving issues related to the legal situation of foreigners in Lithuania: extension of the Schengen visa; issuing a multiple-entry national visa; issue and change of a permit for temporary or permanent residence in Lithuania and the EU and the passport of the alien, granting of asylum.
The Foreigners’ Registration Center in Pabradė a state-established institution in the town of Pabradė. It is the main institution providing accommodation for asylum seeking foreigners at the time of processing the application and foreigners arrested for illegal entering. The State Border Protection Service under the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the activities of the FRC.
The Refugee Reception Center in Rukla provides accommodation to unaccompanied minors.
The Ministry of Social Security and Labour assists in dealing with various social problems.
Foreigners in Lithuania are also cared for by municipalities of major cities (http://www.lsa.lt/lt/nariai-savivaldybes). They not only finance temporary projects aimed at foreigners’ integration, but also have established permanent institutions such as Social Support Divisions and Centers that carry out projects for the integration of third-country nationals and refugees in municipalities. Centres of National Cultures are also established in urban municipalities. Centers of National Cultures are houses of national minority communities which deal with the preservation of the identity of national communities living in Lithuania, their cultural activities and heritage. Lithuanian newcomers as well as foreigners who have received Lithuanian citizenship may become members of the Communities.
The Centre of National Cultures (Klaipėda)
The Center of National Cultures provides various consultations on issues of national minorities; various events are organized for foreigners: language training; events intended to present and honour other countries’ cultures; exhibitions, etc. There is a reading room where you can get acquainted with daily periodicals and literature of national minorities as well as news.
LDC The House of National Communities (Vilnius)
The House of National Communities seeks to create conditions for the development of consciousness and culture of the country’s national minorities. The House of Commons is active in the fields of culture, education and science, and provides services to members of the public in these areas and carry out various projects related to national minorities.
Kaunas Cultural Center of Various Nations organizes various events: concerts, art exhibitions, gatherings, poetry readings, culinary heritage and book presentations; trainings and workshops for heads and leaders of national minority communities, leaders, active members of organizations and young people. The Kaunas Cultural Center of Various Nations organizes scientific conferences, workshops and discussions on the history, activities, realities and problems of national minorities, and the processes of integration.
Roma’s Society Centre (Vilnius)
The Roma’s Society Center implements measures for integrating the Roma minority into the life of Lithuanian society; encourages the preservation of the Roma’s national identity, cultural upbringing and intercultural dialogue; collects, systematizes statistical, historical, demographic material on the Lithuanian Roma. The Roma’s Society Center organizes pre-school and pre-primary education of Roma’s children; carries out distant education for adults. This center initiates various Roma’s integration projects, organizes cultural events: concerts, exhibitions, performances of the ensemble ”Roma de drom” working in the centre. The administration of the body collects, systematizes and disseminates material on the Roma minority, assists scientists and students in carrying out research, arrange reports and press releases, take part in television and radio broadcasts, international conferences and projects.
Various migrant-related projects are being implemented in Lithuania.
Vilnius International Organization for Migration implements various activities related to the integration of migrants through various projects. The project ”I Choose Lithuania” is very important and useful for migrants (http://renkuosilietuva.lt/apie-projekta). Employees of “I choose Lithuania” provide consultations and assistance to anyone who wants to come to Lithuania. Consultations on work, education, health care, integration of aliens as family members and other issues are provided.
You can contact the project staff by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone 8 800 22922 (toll-free telephone line in Lithuania) and +370 52 51 43 52.
Center PLIUS (Vilnius) offers Lithuanian language courses for Russian and English speaking migrants. The center also provides social services, legal counseling, organizes citizenship, health education, driving courses and art therapy.
You can contact the project staff by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone +370 683 49117.
Soros International House (SIH) (Vilnius) is an organization whose activities are directly related to the education of adult migrants through language improving. The SMI (Senior Volunteers for Immigrant Integration) project aims to make retired people help migrants and refugees who experience greater social isolation and are more likely to be subject to the risk of social isolation. Seniors have great potential if not remaining in the labour market, at least for contributing to the welfare of society by other means, such as active citizenship and volunteering. During volunteering, elderly people can share their life and work experience with migrants and refugees, thus reducing their social isolation. The TALES@home project (Talking About Language and Emotions at home) aims to help multilingual families create a favourable atmosphere for language learning and family welfare. The project aims to create an innovative mobile application that allows parents and children to capture emotions related to the use of languages in the family. It should help to shape and strengthen positive family members’ emotions and attitudes, promote language learning and thus contribute to building family’s welfare and increasing social inclusion.
You can contact project staff by e-mail at email@example.com and by phone 8 5 2724879.
The Red Cross family of Lithuania (Vilnius) implements a project involving refugees and other immigrants. For example, consulting centers for immigrants deal with obstacles to integration of migrants and provide various services: Lithuanian language courses, social and legal advice, Lithuanian Constitution and society courses. Moreover, psychological advice and various trainings strengthening migrants’ social resources are provided, conditions for more effective integration into the labour market and social networks of state institutions and society are created.
You can contact the project staff by phone +370 5 2628037.
Lithuanian Caritas (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda) is carrying out a project the improvement of reception of asylum seekers (refugees) and living conditions. This project aims to improve the system of reception and accommodation of asylum seekers (refugees), while meeting their physical, spiritual, social and educational needs. The center established during the project provides various services to refugees: the improvement of material reception conditions for minors by supplying food, hygiene goods, essential clothing, footwear and, if necessary, school goods; legal, psychological, social counseling; outpatient health services; Lithuanian language and information technology training; (organization of work activities which develop working skills (sewing, knitting, weaving, art, ceramic products, independent management of premises and environment, etc.); the organization of leisure activities (trips, favourite activities, activities for children, i.e. preparation for classes, etc.).
You can contact the project staff by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone + 370 600 90636.