The Lithuanian parliament has approved legal amendments that will make it easier for Lithuanian employers to hire foreign staff and obtain “startup visas” for non-European Union citizens.
The amended law “On the Legal Status of Foreigners” will come into force from the beginning of 2017. It will provide the creators of startups, and in particular IT specialists, with temporary residence permits in Lithuania for one year, with the option of extend them for another year. After two years, any foreigner can apply for a temporary residence permit in Lithuania as the head of the company or its shareholder.
It will take two months to issue startup visas, or up to one month if the visa application is urgent.
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