Lithuania has simplified procedures for employment of Ukrainian citizens. Here’s what you should know

Lithuania has simplified procedures for employment of Ukrainian citizens. Here’s what you should know

Bearing in mind the ever-worsening situation in Ukraine and the increasing number of refugees from the war, also seeking to ease the situation of Ukrainian citizens coming to Lithuania, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania has approved modifications to the procedure for employment of foreign citizens designed to simplify the employment process and to remove certain bureaucratic barriers.

The Order of the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania Regarding National Visas, Temporary Residence Permits and Alien Registration Certificates to be Issued, also Aliens’ Rights to Work in the Republic of Lithuania and to Health Care Services, which became effective as of 1 March 2022, has made all citizens of the Republic of Ukraine fleeing the war exempt from an obligation to obtain a work permit. Consequently, from now on, foreigner citizens who enjoy a visa-free regime or hold a valid Schengen visa or a national visa issued for humanitarian reasons (Force Majeure) or those who have applied for a temporary residence permit by reason of their employment in the Republic of Lithuania, will be allowed to work and will be exempt from the obligation to obtain a work permit or a decision from the Employment Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania on the compliance of their work with the needs of the Lithuanian labour market. Nevertheless, those who have applied for asylum in the Republic of Lithuania will only be given the right to work from the date when their application for asylum gets registered with the Lithuanian Migration Information System.

Notwithstanding such simplification of the employment procedure, employers who employ Ukrainian citizens on a contract basis will be required to report on aliens employed in Lithuania by way of submitting a so-called LDU Notification in the prescribed form through the electronic system (EDAS) of the Social Security Fund Board (SODRA). Such Notification must be submitted at least one business day before the start date of such employment.

It is important that the said Order equally makes Ukrainian citizens exempt from payment of stamp duties levied for considering an application for a national visa, for deciding whether such visa is issuable or not, also for filing and considering an application for a temporary residence permit, for taking a relevant decision and for issuing such permit for humanitarian reasons.

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the above Order of the Minister of the Interior also abolishes the mandatory requirement to possess a valid travel document, health insurance and other documents that make a foreign citizen eligible to enter and stay in the Republic of Lithuania or to be issued a national visa or a residence permit where no such requirement can be/could have been satisfied for objective reasons.

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