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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.7 Cross-border mobility in employment, entrepreneurship and vocational opportunities

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Programmes and schemes for cross-border mobility
  2. Legal framework

Programmes and schemes for cross-border mobility

EU programs, including cross-border mobility programs and schemes, are administered by the Agency of Youth Affairs, established on July 1, 2021 after the reorganization of the Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor and the Youth International Cooperation Agency. The agency provides information on opportunities to participate in the European Union program "Erasmus+" Youth, youth exchange, European volunteer service, mobility of youth workers, strategic partnerships, structural dialogue projects and their organizational possibilities. Participation in other programs usually takes place through the cooperation of individual organizations.

Municipalities also contribute by organizing events that help to find employment in Lithuania, for example the event "Land and Job in Vilnius" (info from here). In November 2021, "IH Vilnius" was opened - a one-stop service center that provides services and consultations to foreigners on migration, taxes, social insurance, employment and other topics relevant to every new resident of Vilnius - a foreigner.

The Startup Visa is a talent attraction scheme that provides a streamlined entry process to the Lithuanian startup ecosystem for innovative non-EU entrepreneurs to build, grow and compete in our booming international community. Designed for innovative startup founders who wish to establish a startup in Lithuania. They no longer need to fulfill certain capital or employment requirements to obtain a residence permit. If a business idea is deemed suitable by a panel of experts, persons will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit on such basis. The Startup Visa will allow to live in the country for two years, with the possibility to extend for an additional up to 5 year, after which general immigration requirements must be met.

 

Legal framework

The legal environment in Lithuania is becoming more favorable towards foreigners, it is becoming easier for them to get a job. The business need to recruit talent from abroad also contributes strongly to this (info and more about it is here).

General provisions on entry and stay, taxes or social security apply to all residents, regardless of age. Information on the arrival of EU and non-EU citizens to Lithuania and the right to reside, applicable taxes can be found on the website of the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, on the website of the Migration Information Center Renkuosi Lietuvą and on the website of the Employment Service.