BREXIT (Updated 2019-02-18)

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and the Migration Department under the Ministry are in charge of all related issues concerning the UK citizens and their family members who wish to reside in Lithuania after 29 March 2019.

All the UK citizens will be able to stay in Lithuania in case of a no-deal Brexit.

Nonetheless, residence registration in Lithuania is very important for ensuring legal stay in the case of any scenario for the future relations between the European Union and the UK. 

The Ministry of the Interior and the Migration Department will continue to keep the UK citizens informed of any further developments.

FAQs on UK citizens status change in relation with BREXIT (Please note, information provided is not final yet)

 

If I am already resident of the Republic of Lithuania, do I need to change my documents and to apply for my new residence permit?

Yes, you do. The application for the new residence permit should be submitted during the transition period starting directly after Brexit on 30 March 2019 and lasting until 31 December 2019.

 

How much time does it take to issue or renew temporary residence permit?

The application should be examined no later than within 3 months as from the date of submission to the Migration Department.

 

Will I have to comply with Lithuanian integration requirements when Britain leaves the EU?

No, British citizens who were legally resident in Lithuania before the UK’s withdrawal will retain their right to live, study and work here until 31 of December 2019. This will also apply to family members of British citizens who are not EU citizens themselves.

From 30 of March 2019 British citizens will need to apply for residence permits according to favourable requirements (more information provided in due time). You or your employer will therefore have no need to apply for a work permit on your behalf.

 

Will I be able to bring family members to Lithuania after Brexit?

You can bring your family members to Lithuania. It does not matter how long you have lived in Lithuania.

 

As a British citizen, can I apply for Lithuanian citizenship?

Yes, you can become Lithuanian by naturalisation.

 

Can I acquire Lithuanian citizenship and keep my British citizenship?

No, but with some exceptions.

 

Which authority is responsible for British citizens in this context?

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (MoI) and the Migration Department under the MoI are in charge of all related issues concerning the British citizens and their family members who wish to reside in Lithuania.

 

I am a third country citizen family member of a British citizen who is a Lithuanian resident, will I have to change my residence permit (even recently issued) after the Brexit day? (2019-02-05)

Yes, you do. The application for the new residence permit should be submitted both with British citizen during the transition period starting directly after Brexit on 30 March 2019, or right after British citizen would receive new residence permit.

 

I am a British citizen currently studying tertiary education in Lithuania. Are there any changes for my stay? (2019-02-06)

Yes, there are. In case your studies will last longer than 31st of December 2019 (preliminary date, may change due to the Brexit situation) you will need to apply for residence permit on the ground of studies. You will have nine months transitional period starting directly after Brexit on 30 March 2019 to apply for new residence permit. Please be aware, that the procedure of issuing temporary residence permit takes up to three months. 

 

I am a British citizen, do I need to have employment permit in Lithuania? (2019-02-06)

No, you don’t. However, in case you want to work longer than till 31st of December 2019 (preliminary date may change due to the Brexit situation), you will need to apply for temporary residence permit on the ground of work.  Such residence permit will allow you to work without work permit. Please be aware, that the procedure of issuing temporary residence permit takes up to three months.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EXCHANGING DRIVING LICENCE AFTER “BREXIT” (WITHOUT AGREEMENT)? (2019-02-18)

As you know, on 29th March 2019 there will be a United Kingdom (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU). However, no specific conditions have yet been decided. If by March 29th the agreement will be signed it will contain the specific conditions. In other words, how and under what conditions we will exchange UK driving licences.

However, if there is no agreement, Lithuania will exchange driving licences under the conditions below:

The main criterion for the exchange of driving licences will be the date of acquisition of the right to drive. It can be found on the back of the driving licence in column No. 10:

If you got the right to drive in the UK before 29th of March there will be no examinations (2019-02-18)

If you have acquired the right to drive in the United Kingdom before “Brexit”, i.e., until 29th of March 2019, when you return to live in Lithuania you will be able to exchange driving licence under the same conditions as before (when the UK was still a member of the EU). This means that you do not have to take driving tests (theory and practical) when exchanging your driving licence.

In order to exchange a driving licence, you will need to:

  • be a permanent resident of Lithuania. Driving licence can be issued to person whose place of residence is declared in Lithuania for at least 185 days in every calendar year or who justified his/her ties (personal and/or occupational) with Lithuania (for example, provided employment contract or a document from school or university);
  • also check your health and get a medical certificate.

Then you will need to arrive to “Regitra” subdivision and present these documents:

  • valid personal ID document;
  • a valid medical certificate if you have not been issued with an electronic one (it must be issued by the Lithuanian medical institution);
  • driving licence issued by the UK.

NOTE: If you have acquired the right to drive in Lithuania, but you have exchanged your driving licence in the UK (before or after “Brexit”), the driving licence will also be exchanged as usual, i.e. in the order described above.

 

If you acquired the right to drive in the UK after 29th of March – the driving licence will be exchanged as issued in a third-country (2019-02-18)

If you acquired the right to drive in the United Kingdom after “Brexit”, i.e., after the 29th of March 2019, when you return to live in Lithuania, you will only be able to exchange your driving licence by passing the theory and practical tests (driving school training is not required).

To be able to take test, you will need to:

  • be a permanent resident of Lithuania. In other words, your place of residence must be declared in Lithuania for at least 185 days in every calendar year or you can justify your ties (personal and/or occupational) with Lithuania (for example, provided employment contract or a document from school or university);
  • also check your health and get a medical certificate.

When you pass the driving tests, you will be able to exchange your driving licence.

When you will arrive to “Regitra” subdivision you will need to present:

  • valid personal ID document;
  • a medical certificate if you have not been issued with an electronic one (it must be issued by the Lithuanian medical institution);
  • UK driving licence with its translation to Lithuanian (translated by translator).

 

Last updated: 18-02-2019