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2019 02 26 EU citizen card, which gives the right to live in Lithuania

Since 01 March 2019, amendments to the Republic of Lithuania Law on the Legal Status of Aliens and Order No 1V-194 of the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania “Regarding the Approval of the Description of the Procedure for Issuing a Certificate of the Right of Temporary or Permanent Residence in the Republic of Lithuania” as of 22 February 2019 have entered into force.

By this Order, from 01 March 2019, citizens of the Member States of the European Union and of the European Free Trade Association entitled to temporarily or permanently reside in the Republic of Lithuania will be issued with certificates of the new format – documents in the card form, wherein biometric data – facial image and two fingerprints – of EU citizens for the confirmation of identity will be electronically recorded.

2018 05 18 Formulation of referendum on dual citizenship established in Lithuania

The Seimas working group resolving issues of referendum on dual citizenship has decided upon the formulation provided for referendum on dual citizenship.

It is proposed to provide for in Article 12 of the Constitution that “Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be acquired at birth and on other grounds established by the Constitutional Law. Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania by origin, who have acquired the citizenship of another state chosen by the Republic of Lithuania and consistent with the criteria of European and transatlantic integration established under the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Lithuania, shall not lose the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. In other cases, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania may not be a citizen of another state, except for the cases provided by the Constitutional Law. The procedure for the acquisition and loss of citizenship is established by the Constitutional Law.” 

2017 10 31 For reinstatement of citizenship of Lithuania, it is necessary to retain citizenship of Lithuania on 1940 06 15

On 31 October 2017, a new resolution of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania was adopted in the case of reinstatement of citizenship of Lithuania.

In the case, the applicant appealed against the order of the Minister of the Interior regarding a non-reinstatement of citizenship of Lithuania. The applicant has acquired the citizenship of another country and does not intend to renounce this citizenship. He may restore Lithuanian citizenship and have dual citizenship if he would meet the exception provided for in Subsection 7, Article 7 of the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania – is a descendant of the person who departed from Lithuania before the restoration of independence of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. The applicant was a descendant of the person who departed from Lithuania during the World War II.

2017 02 27 In Lithuania dual citizenship is planned to be legitimized in 2020

The Government of Lithuania plans legitimizing the dual citizenship in Lithuania. It is planned to legitimize dual citizenship in Lithuania within a period of 2.5 years, i.e. by the year 2020.

Today the draft plan of measures for implementation of the governmental programme has been presented to the governing majority and it points out that dual citizenship in Lithuania should be legitimized in the fourth quarter of the year 2019. The major institutions responsible for the said process will be the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior.

This intention of the Government of Lithuania is important for the whole Lithuanian World Community, Lithuanian emigrants and their progeny who are citizens of a foreign state and strive to preserve the citizenship of Lithuania.


2016 06 23 The Jews (Litvaks) and other emigrants who left Lithuania during the interwar period and their descendants will be able to reinstate Lithuanian citizenship or acquire double citizenship without bureaucratic obstacles

On 23 June, 2016 Lithuanian Seimas adopted amendments to the Law on Citizenship which will ensure the right of Jews (Litvaks) who left Lithuania during the interwar period, as well as other emigrants and their descendants to reinstate Lithuanian citizenship. Initiation and adoption of these amendments was stimulated by the practice formed by the Migration Department, according to which the Migration Department used to require Lithuanian Jews (Litvaks) who themselves or their ancestors left Lithuania before 1940, to provide evidence proving that they had left Lithuania due to the actual threat, political or historical reasons, resistance to the occupation regime or persecution. Such documents were extremely difficult to provide, so as the result, many Lithuanian Jews (Litvaks) could not have Lithuanian citizenship reinstated.