At the beginning of 2013, there were around 32,000 foreign residents in Lithuania, representing around 1 per cent of the country’s population. This is one of the lowest numbers across the EU. Only Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia have lower rates. Most foreigners in Lithuania are permanent residents. Many of them are of Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian origin who arrived to Lithuania during the Soviet Union times and remained in the country after the restoration of independence in 1990. There are also foreigners who reside in Lithuania as family members, workers and students.
Who is a foreigner?
A foreigner is a person who is not a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania regardless if he/ she hold another country’s citizenship or not.
Who is a third country national?
A third country national is a person who is not a citizen of the member state of the European Union or the European Free Trade Association (Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland).
What is family reunification?
Family reunification – the entry into and residence in the Republic of Lithuania of family members of a third-country national residing lawfully (sponsor) in Lithuania in order to preserve the family unit, whether the family relationship arose before or after the entry of the sponsor.