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Using a PEO Service For Immigration Support For Expat Hiring In Lithuania

If you have plans to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Lithuania, you have a lot of key considerations to make. Some of the most important include:

  • Navigating Lithuanian unique immigration procedures
  • Procuring all the documents required for a work permit
  • Managing employment and payroll after your workers get their visas

Most of the time, expats are sent abroad to work on short-term projects, which means trying to set up your own subsidiary isn’t practical in terms of time as well as money. A simpler, more cost-effective solution is equal.

If you need to pay expats overseas, in Lithuania, in particular, that ideal solution is a global PEO that offers work permit support as a part of their service. Rather than going through the long process of incorporation, a PEO service will guide you through all the steps for Lithuanian immigration procedures. When you get your permit/visa, the provider then helps onboard and payroll your expat team for you.

Acumen International has been providing this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Lithuania for short- and long-term projects alike. If you want a quick and compliant way to manage this issue, we can help. No matter what business objectives or timelines you have to work with, Acumen International provides end-to-end work permit support. We also stay within full legal compliance with local labor legislation in Lithuania and 190+ other countries.

So, with this in mind, who are the ideal candidates for Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution?

  • Employer companies that want to relocate, hire, and pay expats in Lithuania.
  • Experienced, individual professionals that have an employer already prepared to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country.
  • Companies that plan to send their highly skilled personnel to work for them in Lithuania

Important thing that you may not be aware of. Having a single provider to sponsor your work permit and employ your expats in Lithuania post immigration cuts down on the risks of visa getting rejected.

One thing that sets us apart from other global PEO Service providers is that Acumen also provides additional benefits along with a PEO employment and work permit for expats to be employed on-the-ground. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Housing
  • Office rent
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings
  • Dependant relocation

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Lithuania takes between 7 to 30 working days to process a Lithuanian work permit.


Major steps to get a work permit in Lithuania

  1. An alien who intends to work in Lithuania shall have a qualification in an appropriate area, the qualification supporting documents (certificates on completion of courses, seminars, practical training, diplomas, etc.);
  2. An alien must have at least 1 year of work experience within the last 2 years in an appropriate area and the supporting documents.

Place for the submission of documents for a work permit in Lithuania – a local labour exchange office.

Time limits for the issuance of a work permit in Lithuania – up to 20 days.

After the submission of documents for the issue of a work permit in Lithuania, documents for the issue of a residence permit in Lithuania shall be submitted.

Place for the submission of documents for a residence permit in Lithuania – a diplomatic mission or a consular post of Lithuania abroad or a migration service in Lithuania.

Time limits for the issuance of a residence permit in Lithuania – 2-4 months.


Documents for work permit in Lithuania, main applicant

Type of documents
Application of the set form
Copy of the passport of a foreign citizen or an equivalent document intended for travelling to a foreign country and recognised in the Republic of Lithuania
Copy of a diploma or an equivalent document confirming person’s qualification
Copy of a resolution of a competent institution in proof of recognition of professional qualifications if the profession is regulated in the Republic of Lithuania. More detailed information on the recognition of professional qualifications is available at the Ministry of Social Security and Labour;
Qualification assessment certificate issued by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, as set down in the Resolution No 60 of 21 January, 2005 ,,On Approval of Regulations of Assessment and Academic Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Giving Access to Higher Education and Higher Education Qualifications” (Official Gazette, No 12-369, 2005), if a profession is not regulated in the Republic of Lithuania, but higher education is required;
Copy of a document proving a foreigner’s two years professional work experience during the last three years. This requirement does not apply for:

  • the case specified in Article 2.3 of the Order No A1-223/1V-310 of 28 September, 2004 of the Ministers of Social Security and Labour and Interior “On Approval of Rules and Provisions for the Issue of a Work Permit to an Alien Situated in the Republic of Lithuania”;
  • the postgraduate (residency) students who study in the Republic of Lithuania;
Copies of documents proving a foreigner’s improvement of a possessed qualification (if any)
Certificate of studies issued by a Lithuanian higher education institution confirming second and a subsequent year of study in the Republic of Lithuania;
Certificate signed by the employer informing about:

  • need to employ a foreigner;
  • dismissals during 6 months before applying for the issue of a work permit (specifying the reasons for dismissal, the qualifications of dismissed employees and their functions);
  • employer does not have a valid administrative penalty according to Article 2063 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Republic of Lithuania;
  • copy of an issued work permit and an employer’s certificate on a foreigner’s work in an enterprise indicating his/her functions, salary, the amount of assessed and paid taxes and state social insurance payments for all work period in the case of application specified in Article 2.4 of the Order No A1-223/1V-310 of 28 September, 2004 of the Ministers of Social Security and Labour and Interior “On Approval of Rules and Provisions for the Issue of a Work Permit to an Alien Situated in the Republic of Lithuania”.

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Lithuania without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Lithuania.

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