All foreigners who obtain temporary or permanent residence permits are able to work officially in Lithuania.
The Law on the Legal Status of Aliens foresees the cases when a foreigner who wants to work in the Republic of Lithuania must obtain a work permit (Art. 57).
If a third country national wants to be employed in Lithuania, it is recommended that they approach the regional Labour Employment Service, where they will receive all the relevant services regarding their employment in Lithuania free of charge. Or they can visit the official website of Employment Service, where job advertisements and other important information is published: https://uzt.lt/en/.
Foreigners granted asylum in Lithuania can get a job without restrictions and do not need a work permit. Asylum seekers, i.e. foreigners whose asylum applications have not yet been decided, are not entitled to work in Lithuania. However, asylum seekers are allowed to work if, within 6 months from the date of submission of the application for asylum, the Migration Department has not made a decision regarding the granting of asylum in the Republic of Lithuania through not fault of the asylum seeker.
Following the influx of Ukrainian refugees after February 2022, Ukrainians are exempted from the obligation to obtain a work permit in the Republic of Lithuania and / or a decision on the compliance of a foreigner’s work with the labour market needs of the Republic of Lithuania.
All beneficiaries of refugee or subsidiary protection status are enabled to participate in active labour market policy measures. Vocational training, apprenticeship contracts, support for the acquisition of work skills, subsidised employment may be offered to persons without qualifications and/or competences matching the needs of the labour market who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted subsidiary or temporary protection.
Subsidized employment. The employment of persons who have been granted refugee or subsidiary protection status by employers may benefit from a recruitment subsidy measure and a compensation of 75% work pay. The subsidy can be applied for up to 2 years.
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A third-country nationals may come to work in Lithuania with one of the following documents:
Each document sets out special requirements for the employee or the employment contract, as well as the period during which the foreign citizen can legally reside in Lithuania.
The Employment Service are responsible for issuing, extending and revoking work permits for foreign nationals. Visitofficial Employment Service website: https://uzt.lt/en/.
A work permit may be issued to a foreign citizen if there is no specialist in Lithuania who meets the qualification requirements specified by the employer. A highly qualified specialist does not need a work permit if he or she is subject to other conditions for issuing a temporary residence permit established by law.
Foreign citizens do not need to obtain a work permit or a decision on meeting the needs of the labour market if the foreigner’s profession is included in the list of missing professions in the Republic of Lithuania by the type of economic activity. In the second half of the year 2020, this list includes concreters, welders, electricians, metal hull assemblers, metal bending machine operators, drivers of international routes, tailors, weavers, butchers, slaughterers.
The full list of the missing professions in the Republic of Lithuania by the type of economic activity can be found on the website: https://uzt.lt/darbdaviui/uzsienieciu-idarbinimas/
Foreigners who intend to work in the Republic of Lithuania must obtain a work permit if:
A foreigner can apply for a work visa or a residence permit. There are several steps migrants should make in order to obtain a job :
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