Republic of Lithuania                                      
                                                                                
                               Law                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                          On Immigration                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                        General Provisions                                      
                                                                                
     Article 1. The Objective of the Law                                        
                                                                                
     This law  shall establish  the conditions  and procedure for               
the entry,  i.e. the  immigration of foreigners into the Republic               
of Lithuania for permanent residence.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 2. Immigrant                                                       
                                                                                
     The term  "immigrant" means  a foreigner  who comes  to  the               
Republic of Lithuania for permanent residence.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 3. The Right of a Foreigner to Immigrate into the                  
                Republic of Lithuania                                           
                                                                                
     A foreigner  may immigrate  into the  Republic of  Lithuania               
only according  to the procedure prescribed by this law, after he               
has been  issued a  permit  for  residence  in  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, not exceeding immigration quota.                                     
     A spouse  of an  immigrant or  his children  under  eighteen               
years of  age who  remained to  live in  another  state,  on  the               
invitation of  an immigrant  shall have  the  right  to  come  to               
Lithuania for permanent residence in the order of priority.                     
                                                                                
     Article 4. Invitation for Residence in the Republic of                     
                Lithuania                                                       
                                                                                
     Foreigners  may  apply  for  the  residence  permit  in  the               
Republic of  Lithuania only provided they have an invitation from               
a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania.                                         
     Conditions and  procedure for  the  issuance  of  invitation               
shall be  established  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 5. Reasons Impeding Immigration                                    
                                                                                
     A foreigner  may no be issued a permit to immigrate into the               
Republic of Lithuania provided he or she:                                       
     1) is afflicted with a dangerous contagious disease;                       
     2) is mentally retarded or mentally ill;                                   
     3) is addicted to drugs, intoxicants, or alcohol;                          
     4) has  no legal  source of  subsistence in  the state  from               
which he wants to emigrate;                                                     
     5) has  no permanent  place of  residence in  the state from               
which he wants to emigrate;                                                     
     6) during  the last  five years has deliberately committed a               
serious crime;                                                                  
     7) is engaged in activities directed against the Republic of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
     8) during  the last  five years  has been  deported from the               
Republic of Lithuania under this law;                                           
     9) seeks to procure the permit for residence in the Republic               
of Lithuania by deliberate misrepresentation or fraud;                          
     10) possesses no documents of identification.                              
                                                                                
     Article 6. Immigration Quota                                               
                                                                                
     Immigration  quota  shall  be  established  by  the  Supreme               
Council of  the Republic  of Lithuania  on the recommendations of               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 7. Adaptation of Immigrants                                        
                                                                                
     An immigrant,  upon his  or her  request, must  be  provided               
conditions enabling  him to  study the Lithuanian language and to               
get  acquainted   with  the   Constitution  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Conditions and  procedure for  the adaptation  of immigrants               
shall be  established  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 8. Institution Considering Applications for                        
                Immigration                                                     
                                                                                
     Applications  for   immigration  shall   be  considered  and               
decisions shall  be adopted  , as well as permits shall be issued               
or revoked by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of               
Lithuania  according   to  the   procedure  established   by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
               Procedure for the Consideration of                               
                  Applications for Immigration                                  
                                                                                
     Article 9. Application for Immigration                                     
                                                                                
     Persons who  are 18  years of  age and  over shall  have the               
right to file an application for immigration.                                   
     A  foreigner  shall  file  an  application  for  immigration               
directly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of               
Lithuania or through a diplomatic or consular mission.                          
     The following  documents must be appended to the application               
for immigration, verified by a notary or in the manner equivalent               
to such verification:                                                           
     1) a  copy of  birth certificate or of any other document of               
identification;                                                                 
     2) invitation for residence in the Republic of Lithuania;                  
     3)  certificate   confirming  his   family  composition  and               
indicating children  under 18  years of  age who are accompanying               
him;                                                                            
     4) health certificate;                                                     
     5) documentation confirming his profession;                                
     6) documentation certifying his source of subsistence or his               
legal source of support in the Republic of Lithuania.                           
     For disclosing  grounds impeding  the immigration  into  the               
Republic of  Lithuania under  the provisions  of  this  Law,  the               
Ministry of  Internal Affairs  shall have the right to demand the               
provision of other necessary documentation.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 10. Immigration of Children who are under 18 Years                 
                of Age                                                          
                                                                                
     Children who  are under 18 years of age shall have the right               
to immigrate together with his parents or one of them.                          
                                                                                
     Article 11. Application Fee                                                
                                                                                
     Application for  immigration into  the Republic of Lithuania               
shall be  accepted  only  upon  payment  of  fee,  the  size  and               
procedure  for   payment  thereof  shall  be  prescribed  by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 12. Time Limits for Considering Application                        
                                                                                
     Application for  immigration must  be considered  not  later               
than within one year from the date the application was accepted.                
                                                                                
     Article 13. Time Limit and Procedure for Entry                             
                                                                                
     A foreigner  who has been granted a permit to immigrate into               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  shall be issued the entrance visa in               
the manner  prescribed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the               
Republic of Lithuania , valid for the period of nine months. If a               
foreigner fails  to enter  the Republic  of Lithuania within this               
period,  the   issue  concerning   his   immigration   shall   be               
reconsidered according to the procedure prescribe by this law.                  
     Upon arrival  in the Republic of Lithuania, a foreigner must               
register a  passport of a foreigner or an equivalent thereof with               
the Ministry  of Internal  Affairs not  later than within 7 days.               
Thereafter  the  Ministry  of  Internal  Affairs  shall  issue  a               
foreigner a document confirming the status of an immigrant.                     
                                                                                
     Article 14. Grounds for Revocation of a Permit for Residence               
                in the Republic of Lithuania                                    
                                                                                
     A foreigner  may be  revoked a  permit for  residence in the               
Republic of Lithuania within the period of 10 years from the date               
it was issued provided :                                                        
     1) the permit has been procured by fraud;                                  
     2) an  immigrant commits  a deliberate crime punishable with               
imprisonment;                                                                   
     3) an  immigrant is  engaged in  activities directed against               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
     A foreigner  and a  person  who  has  invited  him  must  be               
notified in writing of the revocation of the permit for residence               
in the  Republic of  Lithuania within  the period of 7 days after               
the adoption  of  the  decision,  stating  the  reason  for  such               
decision.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 15. Appeals against a Decision on the Revocation of                
                the Permit for Residence in the Republic of                     
                Lithuania                                                       
                                                                                
     An immigrant  may appeal  against the decision on revocation               
of the permit for residence in the Republic of Lithuania in court               
within the  period of  30 days  from  the  day  he  was  notified               
thereof.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 16. Leaving and Deportation                                        
                                                                                
     Upon the  revocation of a residence permit, a foreigner must               
leave the Republic of Lithuania not later than within 30 days. If               
a foreigner  has not  left within the prescribed period, he shall               
be liable to deportation.                                                       
     Conditions  and   procedure   for   deportation   shall   be               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
                                                                                
     Article 17. Repeated Application for Immigration                           
                                                                                
     Repeated application  for immigration  into the  Republic of               
Lithuania shall  be accepted  not earlier  than  after  one  year               
following the adoption of the previous decision.                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
                        Final Provisions                                        
                                                                                
     Article 18. Immigration Statistics                                         
                                                                                
     Immigration statistics  shall be  kept by  the  Ministry  of               
Internal Affairs  of the  Republic of  Lithuania according to the               
procedure established  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 19. International Agreements                                       
                                                                                
     If  international  agreement  binding  on  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania  prescribes  other  than  this  law  rules,  the  rules               
established by that agreement shall be applied.                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
                                                                                
President Supreme Council                                                       
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
4 September 1991                                                                
No. I-1755                                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
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