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A Residence Permit for a student

A Residence Permit for a student

The system of higher education in Lithuania is highly favourable for students from foreign states. In the country, over twenty colleges and universities offer almost two hundreds study programmes in English and over fifty study programmes in Russian.

At Lithuanian higher education institutions, the extent of study programmes is assessed according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One year of studies (that lasts for 9 months) is equated to 60 ECTS credits.

If an alien wishes to study in Lithuania, he (she) shall, first of all, enter a higher education institution of Lithuania, i.e. to be admitted to studies in a certain study programme; in addition, the alien shall arrange all the documents related to the studies and the residence in the state.

A student admitted to studies at a higher education institution of Lithuania may be issued a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania on the said base.

A Temporary Residence Permit is a document that provides a right for temporary residence in Lithuania to the bearer for the period specified in the Permit. If an alien has a Temporary Residence Permit, he (she) may choose a place of residence, choose it, leave the country and come back. However, the alien should inform a Migration Service of any changes of his (her) place of residence. A Temporary Residence Permit shall be issued in a case, when an alien is not a citizen of a European Union Member State.

Usually, a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania is issued for a period of one year; however, this period may be shorter.

For issue the said Permit, the following documents shall be submitted:

1. The application of the set form for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania;

2. The valid travel document;

3. The valid visa, if the application is submitted after arrival of the alien to Lithuania;

4. A photo relevant to the age (40 x 60 mm) – 1;

5. The documents certifying the base for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania:

5.1. The documents certifying that the alien has been admitted to studies at a higher education institution of Lithuania;
5.2. A mediatory letter issued by the said higher education institution;
6. If the alien is under-age, - the consent of his (her) parents or one of them or the tutor or another legal representative for studies and residence in Lithuania.
7. The document certifying that you have sufficient means of subsistence and (or) get income for living in Lithuania on a regular basis;

8. The document of the place of residence in Lithuania;

9. The health insurance.

At present, the first application for issue a Temporary Residence Permit in Lithuania is satisfied within 2-4 months. Is a shorter period remains until the beginning of your studies, choose the national visa D and submit the application for these documents after arrival to Lithuania.

If a student continues his (her) studies at the higher education institution of Lithuania, the Temporary Residence Permit shall be renewed after expiry of one year.

On renewal of the Temporary Residence Permit, the alien shall submit a mediatory letter issued by the higher education institution to confirm that the person is not excluded from it. An alien shall apply for renewal of the Temporary Residence Permit no later than 2 months before the expiry of its validity period, but not earlier than 4 months before the expiry of its validity period.

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