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Citizenship of Lithuania

Created: 2014.03.14 / Updated: 2017.12.18 10:51

Reinstatement of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

I. To apply for Reinstatement of Lithuanian Citizenship please make an appointment by e-mail [email protected] 

In accordance with the Article 7, paragraphs 2, 3 and 4; Article 9, paragraph 1 of the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania (No. XI-1196), Reinstatement of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania means the exercise of the right to reinstate citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania on the grounds and in accordance with the procedure laid down by this Law.

The requirement to renounce citizenship of another state shall not apply to:

  • Persons who held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 and their descendants, who have not acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before the entry into force of this Law, shall have an indefinite right to reinstate citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, irrespective of whether they are permanently resident in the Republic of Lithuania or in any other state.
  • The requirement to renounce citizenship of another state shall not apply to:
    • Persons who were exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state and their descendants;
    • Persons who fled the Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state and their descendants.
    • "Person exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990" means a person who held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 or his descendant, who were forcibly expelled from Lithuania by decisions of institutions or courts of occupation regimes in the period from 15 June 1940 to 11 March 1990 for reasons of resistance to occupation regimes, political or social reasons or reasons of origin.
    • "Person who fled Lithuania before 11 March 1990" means a person who held citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania before 15 June 1940 or his descendant, who left the current territory of the Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 to reside permanently in another state, if their permanent residence on 11 March 1990 was outside Lithuania.
  • Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may be reinstated only once.
  • Article 8 of the Law on Citizenship stipulates: "A citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who is a citizen of another state at the same time shall be considered by the State of Lithuania to be only a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania. The possession of citizenship of another state shall not relieve him of the responsibilities as a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania under the Constitution, laws and other legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania".

II. Documents that should be submitted to the Embassy of Lithuania in order to start the process of Reinstatement of Citizenship and their approval:

  • passport of an applicant;
  • original or Notary certified copy (-ies) of the document (documents) proving that a person (one of his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents) held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940;
  • original or Notary certified copy of the document proving that a person (one of his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents) left Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state or was exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania in the period of 15 June 1940 to 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state;
  • original or Notary certified copies of all the documents indicating relation between the applicant and the person who held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940;
  • original or Notary certified copies of documents attesting the change/modification of name or surname if a person’s or ancestors' name or surname were modified;
  • original or Notary certified copy of birth certificate;
  • original or Notary certified copy of marriage certificate (if any);
  • completed Application for Reinstatement of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania (to be signed in the Embassy);

ATTENTION:

All the notary certified copies of the documents indicated in the above paragraphs (except those issued in the Republic of Lithuania) should be additionally certified with Apostille. All the documents have to be translated by translators in Lithuania or one of the translators from the list.

If original documents issued in Lithuania are submitted (issued after the year 1990), their copies will be certified at the Embassy and Apostille will not be needed.

If submitted copies of the documents issued in Lithuania are certified by Lithuanian Notary Public after the year 1990, Apostille will not be needed.

According to the Law such documents confirming previously held Lithuanian citizenship are:

  • Internal or foreign passports of the Republic of Lithuania issued before 15 June 1940;
  • Foreign passports of the Republic of Lithuania issued by diplomatic missions or consular institutions of the Republic of Lithuania abroad in the very first period after 15 June 1940;
  • Documents relating to service in the Lithuanian Armed Forces or employment in public service;
  • Birth certificates (if the birth took place in the territory of Republic of Lithuania within boundaries of 1918-1940) issued by Lithuanian authorities or other documents issued by Lithuanian authorities and having direct reference to previously held Lithuanian citizenship;
  • Identity cards issued on the basis of documents issued in Republic of Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940;
  • In the absence of the above documents the following documents may be submitted: Documents relating to studies, work and residence in Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940 issued by Lithuanian authorities.

III. If there documents confirming previously held Lithuanian citizenship missing?

IV. Consular fee

All other expenses (for verifications, translations, courier services, archives research services, legal services and etc.) depend on the costs of the services and lay upon on applicant.

The documents submitted by the applicant will be initially examined in the Embassy and afterwards forwarded to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania for thorough examination (duration of processing of documents – within one year) and decision taking. The Resolution to acknowledge the person a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania shall be passed by the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.

For more information please visit Migration Department of the Republic of Lithuania

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