This relatively young EU member, they joined in 2004, has a very long history of oppression but also one of breaking free and developing. Nowadays, Lithuania is home to people from 154 countries and if you’re wondering why they moved there, have a look at what the geographical centre of Europe has got to offer. 

Lithuania has got the fastest Internet in the world, which is perfect for digital nomads and people who work online. Employment numbers have risen beyond the pre-crisis level and those looking for a career in the country may find plenty of opportunities here. 

A third of the country is covered by forests and many of them are protected and part of national parks. Lithuanians know how to enjoy their environment; there are more hot air balloons per head in Lithuania than anywhere else in the world. 

In a different country, you will most likely find different customs and culture and Lithuania is no exception. An old Lithuanian superstition is that whistling inside is bad luck because it attracts ghosts. Lithuanians are proud of themselves and their country, so keep a positive attitude towards the place and the people. Lithuanians love basketball so if you’re looking for a topic to break the ice, talk about their favourite sport. 

Citizens from the EU and Switzerland may stay in Lithuania for up to three months. Staying longer requires a temporary residence permit, which is valid for up to five years. 

Non-European Economic Area (EEA) immigrants need a work permit before entering the country. A work contract is needed and employers can only hire a foreigner if they are unable to find a suitable Lithuanian for the position they’re looking to fill.

A work permits is valid for a period up to two years and bound to one employer and job position. When a contract ends before the work permit expires, it loses its validity.

Here are some of the ways to live in Lithuania:

Startup Visa

  • Your startup must operate in one of the following fields: 
    • Biotechnologies
    • Nanotechnologies
    • Information Technologies
    • Mechatronics
    • Electronics
    • Laser Technologies
  • You must legally be at least a part owner of the newly founded firm.
  •  You must have enough financial resources to achieve your set business goals for 1 year. There is no set regulated amount, you decide how much capital you need to achieve your 1 year goals. 

Family

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Lithuania, you are probably eligible for residency. You can apply for citizenship after being resident in Lithuania for a period of 7 years.  Please note that your spouse needs to be a recognised and registered spouse or partner as per local laws.

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Lithuania:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Lithuania, you are probably eligible for residency. You can apply for citizenship after being resident in Lithuania for a period of 7 years.  Please note that your spouse needs to be a recognised and registered spouse or partner as per local laws.

The passport for Lithuania allows you to travel to 154 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 30.

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