30 June, 2022

Migration processes for global talents are being eased. What should companies know?

Lithuania is easing some migration processes to make recruitment from abroad smoother. We’re sharing the main changes to take place starting in August 2022.

EU Blue Card

• The minimum length of the employment contract is now 6 months (instead of 1 year)

• Those working in a high value-adding profession (e.g., ICT, Engineering, Life Sciences) must now get a 1.2 average monthly gross salary in Lithuania. In other cases, the salary threshold of 1.5 average monthly gross salary still applies

• ICT professionals now need at least 3 years (instead of 5) of relevant professional experience within 7 years before the application for the EU Blue Card

Temporary residence permit on the grounds of work

• The minimum length of the employment contract is now 6 months (instead of 1 year)

• Those wishing to obtain a residence permit need to adhere to only one of the following criteria: qualifications, professional experience (at least 1 year within 3 years before application), or salary threshold (1 average monthly gross salary in Lithuania)

• Applications for residence permits will also be carried through dedicated service providers outside of Lithuania starting January 2023

Other important changes

• International Bachelor’s students can get hired now. No labour market test needed

• The list of approved companies is being annulled

• Starting July 2023, those wishing to relocate to Lithuania for work will only need a temporary residence permit on the grounds of work (national visas on the grounds of work won’t be issued anymore)

• Foreigners occupying a one-off position in a company must get at least 1 average monthly gross salary in Lithuania