3.7 Cross-border mobility in employment, entrepreneurship and vocational opportunities
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EU programmes involving programmes and schemes for cross-border mobility are administered by the Agency of International Youth Cooperation. It is a public non-profit institution established in February 1999 by The State Council for Youth Affairs (currently Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour) and Lithuanian Youth Council (LiJOT). The main aim of the agency is to ensure the development of international youth cooperation and successful participation of Lithuanian youth in European Union programmes for young people. The agency provides information about possibilities of participation in European Union programme “Erasmus+“ Youth, youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service, youth workers’ mobility, strategic partnerships, structured dialogue projects and their organizational possibilities. Participation in other programmes usually takes place in the framework of cooperation among individual organizations.
General entry and stay, taxation or social security provisions apply to the entire population regardless of age. Information on entry of EU and non-EU citizens to Lithuania and rights to reside, taxation arrangements and social security provisions can be found at the website of Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. 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 one year, with the possibility to extend for an additional year, after which general immigration requirements must be met.