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A Residence Permit Card for a family member of a citizen of European Union

A Residence Permit Card for a family member of a citizen of European Union

The Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners in Republic of Lithuania provides a list of persons considered family members of a citizen of EU Member State. A member of the family of a citizen of EU Member State shall be a spouse or a person with whom the citizen of EU Member State had concluded a registered partnership. In addition, direct descendents of such a person who need maintenance and are less than 21 years old (including the direct descendents of the spouse or the person with whom the citizen of EU Member State had concluded a registered partnership) are considered family members of a citizen of EU Member State. Moreover, direct relatives in the ascending line of a citizen of EU Member State and the spouse or the person with whom the citizen of EU Member State had concluded a registered partnership are considered family members of the citizen of EU Member State, if they need maintenance.

If a person provides evidences of being a family member of a citizen of EU Member State, such a person has a right to be granted the Schengen visa and to come on its base to Republic of Lithuania and stay here no longer than for 3 months per half of year; the period of staying in Republic of Lithuania starts from the date of arrival to the state. If a family member of a citizen of EU Member State intends coming to Lithuania together with the citizen of EU Member State (or coming to him/her) and reside in Republic of Lithuania longer than for 3 months per half of year, such a family member shall obtain a Temporary Residence Permit in Republic (card) according to the procedure provided in laws of Republic of Lithuania.

A Temporary Residence Permit in Republic of Lithuania (card) shall be issued to a family member of a citizen of EU Member State for a period of 5 years or the period of the planned staying of the family member of a citizen of EU Member State in Republic of Lithuania, if the latter does not exceed 5 years. The principal documents to be submitted by a family member of a citizen of EU Member State for issue the card include valid travel documents and the documents certifying the base for issue or renewal the card. All required documents shall be submitted to the Migration Service of the territory where the family member of a citizen of EU Member State plans declaring his (her) place of residence in Republic of Lithuania.

Upon certain circumstances, family members of a citizen of EU Member State shall acquire a right for permanent residence in Republic of Lithuania. Such circumstances include: a family member of a citizen of EU Member State lawfully resides in Lithuania with the citizen of EU Member State for 5 years; an alien is a family member of a citizen of EU Member State who has a right for restoration of the citizenship of Republic of Lithuania or is a person of Lithuanian origin. An application for issue a certificate on the right of a family member of a citizen of EU Member State for permanent residence in Lithuania and other documents required for the procedure shall be submitted to the territorial police office migration service of the territory where the family member of a citizen of EU Member State plans declaring his (her) place of residence in Republic of Lithuania.

Applications for issue or replacing a certificate on the right of a family member of a citizen of EU Member State for permanent residence in Lithuania or for issue or renewal of a Temporary Residence Permit (card) shall be examined according to the procedure provided in laws of Republic of Lithuania and the document shall be issued within one month from the date of submission of the documents to the Migration Service.

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