The e-Residency in Lithuania

The e-residency program was launched in Lithuania in January 2021. The range of services provided to e-residents will be gradually expanded to enable digital possibilities of developing business relations, company establishment and management, performing of financial operations as well as access to other services relevant to foreigners. The e-residency card is given out for a foreigner who wishes to use the administrative, public, or commercial services provided electronically in the Republic of Lithuania. It will give a digital identity for non-residence of Lithuania and electronic signature means. Currently it gives the access to the government e-services and ability to give digital signatures.

However, it should be noted that the e-Resident ID-card does not grant Lithuanian citizenship nor the right to enter the EU to its holder, as it is not a physical identity card.

e-Residency in Lithuania

The main opportunities provided by e-residency in Lithuania:

  • The right to register a company (business).
  • The right to open a corporate / personal bank account under a simplified scheme.
  • Remote management of the company, remote accounting
  • Use of electronic digital signature
  • Access to Lithuanian state portals

The only significant limitation of e-citizenship is the lack of the right to vote/be elected to one of the state bodies of Lithuania.

The e-residency card application is possible to submit online on the following link. The decision on granting the status of an electronic resident is made immediately. The state fee to apply for e-residency in Lithuania is 90 EUR. To receive your e-residency card and electronic signature means you must choose a most convenient migration department in Lithuania and pick it up personally or authorize someone trustful to do it for you. Once your status of e-residence is approved it is valid for 3 years.

Becoming a member of the Lithuanian business Community will be a reasonable solution for developing your own business in Lithuania and will allow you to carry out most of the processes remotely. The lawyers of Company in Lithuania UAB are ready to help and consult, as well as provide their services for registering your business in Lithuania.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Who is an electronic resident?
    A foreigner who wishes to use the administrative, public or commercial services provided electronically (remotely) in the Republic of Lithuania may submit an application for granting the status of an electronic resident of the Republic of Lithuania. A foreigner may start using the opportunities provided by the status of an e-resident when s/he has been granted the status of an e-resident in accordance with the procedure established by the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens of the Republic of Lithuania and has been issued an electronic identification and electronic signature means.
  • How to submit an application for granting the status of an electronic resident of the Republic of Lithuania?
    A foreigner who is at least 18 years old must fill in an application for granting the status of an electronic resident of the Republic of Lithuania through the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) and submit it to the Migration Department. A foreigner located abroad must submit the application through the chosen external service provider, and a foreigner legally staying in the Republic of Lithuania must submit the application personally to the Migration Department. After filling in the application through MIGRIS, the foreigner must appear in person at the chosen external service provider within 4 months from the date of filling in the application through MIGRIS, and a foreigner legally staying in the Republic of Lithuania must arrive at the Migration Department and submit:
    • a valid travel document that meets the identification requirements established by the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing of the Republic of Lithuania;
    • a document granting the right to be or stay in the Republic of Lithuania when the application is submitted in the Republic of Lithuania by a foreigner excluded from the visa-free regime;
    • biometric data for identity verification (facial image and fingerprints of two fingers).
  • What is the public fee for accepting an application and issuing an electronic identification and electronic signature means?
    Before submitting the application, a foreigner must pay a public fee for accepting the application for granting the status of an electronic resident of the Republic of Lithuania and issuing an electronic identification and electronic signature means, which amounts to EUR 90, and, if the application is submitted through an external service provider, the service fee must also be paid.
  • How long does it take to make a decision on granting the status of an electronic resident?
  • In what cases the status of an electronic resident is not granted?
    The status of an electronic resident is not granted to a foreigner if:
    • another Schengen state has entered an alert in the central second-generation Schengen Information System for refusal of entry with respect to the foreigner;
    • the foreigner is included in the national list of foreigners prohibited from entering the Republic of Lithuania.
  • For what term is the status of an electronic resident granted?
    After examining the foreigner’s application for granting the status of an e-resident and in the absence of grounds for not granting the status of an e-resident, a foreigner is granted the status of an e-resident for 3 years.
  • How the collection and activation of the electronic identification and electronic signature means takes place?
    A foreigner who has been granted the status of an e-resident will be issued an electronic identification and electronic signature means with a certificate of identification of the e-resident in the electronic space and a qualified electronic signature certificate of the e-resident entered therein, which are valid for a period no longer than the validity of the status of an e-resident of the foreigner. This electronic identification and electronic signature means issued to the foreigner gives him/her the opportunity to use the administrative, public or commercial services provided electronically (remotely) in the Republic of Lithuania. A foreigner or his/her authorized representative must arrive at the place where the application for granting the status of an electronic resident of the Republic of Lithuania was submitted in person, i.e., at the external service provider where the application was submitted or at the territorial unit of the Migration Department where the application was submitted (in this case the foreigner must be staying in the Republic of Lithuania legally) to collect the electronic identification and electronic signature means within 6 months from the date of issue. After collecting the electronic identification and electronic signature means, the foreigner must activate it through MIGRIS.
  • Does the status of an electronic resident give the right to enter the Schengen Area?
    No, the status of an electronic resident granted to the foreigner does not give him/her the right to enter the Republic of Lithuania or any other state of the Schengen Area — it is only the means for the foreigner to be able to use the administrative, public or commercial services provided electronically in the Republic of Lithuania. A traveling foreigner with the status of an electronic resident is still subject to the normal rules and must have a valid document entitling him/her to be or stay in the country.
  • What electronic services will e-residents enjoy?
    Currently, e-residents can use the following services:
    1. Log in to Elektroninių valdžios vartų (Electronic Government Gateway) (you have to choose English language at home page).
    2. Log in to the Lithuanian Migration Information System (MIGRIS) through the Electronic Government Gateway.
    3. Sign documents using your e-signature.
    The range of services provided to e-residents will be gradually expanded to provide digital opportunities for developing business relations, establishing and managing companies, performing financial transactions, as well as accessing other services that are relevant for foreigners.
  • How to activate an e-resident card?
    You may activate your e-resident card by logging in to your account in the Lithuanian Migration Information System (hereinafter — MIGRIS at www.migracija.lt >> Login.) In your account, you will find the ‘Activate’ button next to your card details. Once you activate the document, you will be able to see the PINs and PUKs. Visual instruction how to activate e-resident card.
  • How to prepare an e-resident card for use?
    In order to use the electronic identification and electronic signature means of an e-resident card, the cardholder must first download and install the following middleware:
      1. You can download and install the middleware here.
    Visual installation instructions can be found here.
    1. Take the card reader and unfold it as * + *. Put the e-residency card into the card reader. Plug the card reader into the computer. Using the e-residency card, make sure that the chip and the card reader are in contact.
    2. Open the Softemia mCard toolbox on the computer. In the window that opens, register the e-resident card by entering the card CAN (6-digit number you can see in the lower right corner of the front of the e-resident card).
    You can sign documents in several ways: In order to log in to Elektroninių valdžios vartų (Electronic Government Gateway), you must additionally install a web browser plug-in, which you can download at https://www.dokobit.com/lt/atsisiuntimai. You can refer to visual instructions here. You can also sign documents using Signa (download the browser plugin here) or GoSign (download the browser plugin at https://www.gosign.lt/en/) tools.
  • How to connect to www.migracija.lt with an e-resident card?
    Visual instruction how to connect to your account.
    List of external service providers
    Row No. Country Address of the Vacs
    1 Federal Republic of Germany C/O Regus Potsdamer Platz 10 , Haus 2 10785-Berlin
    2 The Kingdom of Belgium Centre, 19, Avenue Emile De Mot, 8th Floor, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
    3 The Swiss Confederation Weststrasse 2, 3005 Bern, Switzerland
    4 The Kingdom of Denmark TBC
    5 The Kingdom of the Netherlands Parkstraat 99, 2514 JH Den Haag, Netherlands
    6 Republic of Austria TBC
    7 Italian Republic Viale Manzoni, 51 | 00185 Rome | Italy
    8 French Republic 16 Boulevard du General Leclerc, 6th Floor, 92110 Clichy
    9 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT
    10 Republic of Ireland 700 S Circular Rd, Ushers, Dublin 8, D08 NH90, Ireland
    11 The Kingdom of Sweden TBC
    12 Republic of Finland TBC
    13 The Kingdom of Norway TBC
    14 Japan 1-4-3 SANKI ShibaKanasugibashi BLD4F, Shiba, Minato-ku,Tokyo 105-0014
    15 Commonwealth of Australia Level 4, 10 Hobart Place, Canberra ACT 2601
    16 Republic of Korea (South Korea) 5F Danam Building, Sowolro 10, Jung-Gu, Seoul
    17 The State of Israel 47th Floor, Midtown Commerce, 144 Menachem Begin, Tel-Aviv, Israel
    18 Republic of Singapore VFS (Singapore) Pte Ltd,79 Anson, 15-02, Singapore 079906
    19 Republic of Belarus Bobruiskaya 6, Galileo Shopping mall, 6th floor, Minsk
    20 United States of America 145 West 45th Street, Floor 4, New York, New York, 10036
    21 Canada 2211 Riverside Drive, Unit 403,Ottawa, ONK1H7X5
    22 Norway Bishop Gunnerus gate 14, 0185 Oslo, Norway
    23 Sweden Travelvisa, Olof Palmesgata 29, 4th floor, Stockholm 111 22
    24 Finland Russian Tours Ltd/Lähialuematkat Oy, Vuorimiehenkatu 3, 00140 Helsinki
    25 Austria Visa Center Renweg, 79-81 /Top 311, 1030 Wien, Austria
    26 Denmark DOX Visas & Legalisations ApS, Sværtegade 3, 3rd floor, 1118 København K
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