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Citizenship of Lithuania

Created: 2014.10.08 / Updated: 2016.10.20 10:25

I. Reinstatement of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

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.

1. 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.

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

2.1. Persons who were exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state and their descendants;
2.2. Persons who fled the Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state and their descendants.
2.3. “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.
2.4. “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.

3. Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania may be reinstated only once.

4. 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.

5. The list of the documents that must be submitted by/for every individual to the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel or Migration Department under the Lithuanian Ministry of Interior in order to reinstate his/her Lithuanian citizenship is provided herewith:

5.1. Completed Application for Reinstatement of Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. The form is available in Lithuanian, official state language, only and should be completed in Lithuanian language as well. Documents submitted without completed applications will not be accepted;
5.1.1. Completed intention to become a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania - for minors from 14 to 18 years old only, signed by the minor;
5.2. Document (documents) proving that a person (one of his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents) held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940;
5.3. Document (documents) proving that a person (one of his parents, grandparents or great-grandparents) fled 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.
5.3.1. Submitted documents have to reveal motives of the flee from Lithuania, related to historical circumstances, political creeds, religious persecution, belonging to certain social group, resistance to foreign occupying regimes, or to prove a forcible eviction (exile) from Lithuania that occurred because of political creeds, religious beliefs, social motives, resistance to occupying regimes or motives related to national origin.
5.4. All the documents indicating relation between the applicant and the person who held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940;
5.5. Documents attesting the change/modification of name or surname if a person’s or ancestors' name or surname were modified after coming to Israel;
5.6. Birth certificate (Unabridged);
5.7. Marriage certificate (if any, Unabridged);
5.8. Original personal identification document (Israeli passport and any other available passport);

6. Original Israeli documents indicated in the paragraphs 5.2.-5.7. (except those issued in Lithuania) must be authenticated with an “Apostille” at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

6.1. In order to submit certified copy instead of original Apostillised Israeli document, signature of the Israeli Notary Public must be authenticated with an Apostille at the competent Israeli Court of Law;

7. If original documents issued in Lithuania are submitted, their copies will be certified at the Embassy and “Apostille” will not be needed.

8. If submitted copies of the documents issued in Lithuania are certified by Lithuanian Notary Public, “Apostille” will not be needed.

9. According to the legislation documents confirming previously held Lithuanian citizenship are:

9.1. Internal or foreign passports of the Republic of Lithuania issued before 15 June 1940;
9.2. 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;
9.3. Documents relating to service in the Lithuanian Armed Forces or employment in public service;
9.4. Birth certificates (if the birth took place in the territory of Republic of Lithuania within period  1918-1940) issued by Lithuanian authorities or other documents issued by Lithuanian authorities and having direct reference to previously held Lithuanian citizenship;
9.5. Identity cards issued on the basis of documents issued in Republic of Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940.

10. In the absence of the above documents the following documents may be submitted:

10.1. Documents issued by Lithuanian authorities relating to studies, work and residence in Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940.

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

11. If the applicant has no documents confirming the fact that he/she (his/her parents, grandparents or great grandparents) held Lithuanian citizenship prior to 15 June 1940, there exists a possibility to find such information in Lithuanian archives. Therefore the applicant has to contact directly.

11.1. Lithuanian Central State Archives (fax: + 370 5 276 5318, e-mail: [email protected]) for documents confirming held Lithuanian citizenship;
11.2. Lithuanian State Historical Archives (fax: + 370 5 213 7612, e-mail: [email protected]) for vital records (birth, marriage and death) up to 1940.
11.3. Lithuanian Special Archives (fax: +370 5 251 4211, e-mail: [email protected]) for records of the former Lithuanian SSR division of KGB, USSR, dating 1940-1991, records of the Lithuanian SSR Ministry of Interior dating 1944-1990 and records of communist and socialist organizations, dating from the 19th c. until 1991, that witness the genocide of the Lithuanian people.

IV. Translations of the documents issued in language other than Lithuanian

12. All the documents indicated in the paragraphs from 5.2. to 5.7., except those issued in Lithuanian language, should be translated into Lithuanian, official state language, by the sworn translator, who should certify translation’s accuracy with regard to the original document.

13. Please find contacts of official translation bureaus in Lithuania providing services of translating documents. Translations into Lithuanian language by Israeli official translators are possible as well.

V. Submission of applications and Consular/State fees

14. Individuals may submit their applications in two ways:

14.1. The first way - personally at the Embassy of Lithuania in Tel Aviv (Israel), see Chapter VI, how to register for an appointment. Consular fee for acceptance and handover of the documents listed above to the Migration Department under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania is 50 EUR per application, in cash only.
The documents, personally submitted by the applicant will be forwarded to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania for thorough examination and decision taking (duration of processing of documents – approx. year and a half). The Resolution to acknowledge the person a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania shall be passed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania;
14.2. The second way - mail the application, all the documents and proof of payment by registered mail or courier directly to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

Address: L. Sapiegos str. 1,
Vilnius, LT-10312,
Lithuania
Contact phone: (+370 5) 271 7112 (reception)
Fax: (+370 5) 271 8210
E-mail: [email protected]

In abovementioned case the State fee of 41.00 EUR (fourty one euro) for examination of the application to reinstate citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be transferred beforehand to the account No. LT247300010112394300, at AB bank „Swedbank“ (click here to find a physical address of the bank), bank code 73000, SWIFT Code HABALT22. Payment beneficiary - State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, company code 188659752, payment code – 5740.

ATTENTION:

Sender must bear all costs (fees, taxes, etc.) for the fee transfer.

14.3. Application must be personally signed by the applicant (from 18 years old and above). The signature has to be verified by the Notary Public and approved with Apostille;
14.4. Application for minor child (up to 18 years old) has to be signed by one of parents. Parent signature has to be verified by the Notary Public and approved with Apostille;
14.5. Intention to become a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania - for minors from 14 to 18 years old only. Signature of the minor has to be verified by the Notary Public and approved with Apostille;
14.6. 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;

15. For additional information regarding Lithuanian citizenship, please visit migracija.lt.

VI. Submission

16. In order to submit all the required documents that are prepared precisely as clarified in this description, each applicant should register for an appointment at the embassy. Take one 20 min. time slot to each applicant or application.

16.1. Children from 14 to 18 years old who are applying for the citizenship must appear at the embassy;
16.2. Children under 14 years old may not come.
16.3. Click e-registration to make an appointment.

17. Please always carry along and present on request your original, valid Israeli or other passport(s) in order to prove your citizenship(s) during the appointment at the embassy.

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