Residence Permit / Visa Guide

All international students accepted as exchange/visiting or full-time degree students at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) should check what migration document (visa, certificate, residence permit or none of them) is required to have for the legal entry and residence in Lithuania.

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For EXCHANGE/VISITING StudentsFor FULL-TIME DEGREE students

All EXCHANGE/VISITING students planning studies, research or internship visit at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) must check VISA application requirements.

Exchange students - citizens of EU / EFTA countries - may enter Lithuania and stay here for a period not exceeding one academic year without a permit.

All international students planning studies, research visits or internships at VMU for over 90 days must apply for the National (D-Type) Multi-Entry Visa at the nearest VSF Global Office.

How to Apply?

VMU International Cooperation Department will inform you about the application procedure.

The decision about the issuance of visa is usually given in 15-45 working days.

Application Fee - free of charge.

Application Documents:

  • Online Application Form (login HERE)
  • Number of Mediation Letter (provided by VMU International Cooperation Department - valid 1 month)
  • Passport (valid for 3 months after the study period) and a copy of it
  • EU/EFTA Country Residence Permit (if applicable) and a copy of it
  • Health Insurance with Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage of 30 000 EUR
    Note! The document must be in English. 
  • Scholarship Confirmation or Official Bank Account Statement or other financial statement indicating the most recent balance. Each student must have sufficient financial resources of 462 EUR per month and the sum of 924 EUR to return to the home country. E. g.: if the student is coming for the study period of 5 months, he/she must have 3234 EUR (462 EUR x 5 months + 924 EUR). For the study period of 12 months - 6468 Eur.
    Note! The document must be in English.
  • Photo in colour (size: 35×45 mm) corresponding to your age

You may find detailed application information and requirements HERE (choose EN version).

See the list of countries the exchange/visiting students of which are not requested to have a National (D-Type) Multi-Entry Visa to enter Lithuania (visa-free regime). These students can stay in Lithuania for up to 90 days period without a visa. Please note, that in such a case arrival is available without transiting other Schengen area countries (Lithuania must be the first Schengen area country during flight). These students can choose: apply for a visa before arrival or after arrival.

If your country is not on the visa-free regime list, you must apply for a visa before arrival.

How to Apply?

VMU International Cooperation Department will inform you about the application procedure.

The decision about the issuance of visa is usually given in 15-45 working days.

Application Fee - free of charge.

Application Documents:

  • Online Application Form (login HERE)
  • Number of Mediation Letter (provided by VMU International Cooperation Department - valid 1 month)
  • Passport (valid for 3 months after the study period) and a copy of it
  • EU/EFTA Country Residence Permit (if applicable) and a copy of it
  • Health Insurance with Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage of 30 000 EUR
    Note! The document must be in English. 
  • Scholarship Confirmation or Official Bank Account Statement or other financial statement indicating the most recent balance. Each student must have sufficient financial resources of 462 EUR per month and the sum of 924 EUR to return to the home country. E. g.: if the student is coming for the study period of 5 months, he/she must have 3234 EUR (462 EUR x 5 months + 924 EUR). For the study period of 12 months - 6468 Eur.
    Note! The document must be in English.
  • Photo in colour (size: 35×45 mm) corresponding to your age

You may find detailed application information and requirements HERE.

See the list of countries the short term (up to 90 days) visiting students of which are not requested to have a visa to enter Lithuania (visa-free regime).

Other countries' citizens visiting Vytautas Magnus University for the period of up to 90 days must apply for the Schengen Visa before arrival.

How to Apply?

VMU International Cooperation Department will inform you about the application procedure.

Please contact the Embassy, Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania or Visa Centre in your country or in the nearest one (see the list of countries), register for the appointment and provide the responsible officer with the required documents.

The decision about the issuance of visa is usually given in 3-15 working days. You may check all application information HERE.

Application Fee - 80 EUR.

Application Documents:

  • Online Application Form
  • Number of Mediation Letter (provided by VMU International Cooperation Department - valid 1 month)
  • Passport (valid for 3 months after the study period) and a copy of it
  • EU/EFTA Country Residence Permit (if applicable) and a copy of it
  • Health Insurance with Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage of 30 000 EUR
    Note! The document must be in English. 
  • Scholarship Confirmation or Official Bank Account Statement or other financial statement indicating the most recent balance. Each student must have sufficient financial resources of 462 EUR per month and the sum of 924 EUR to return to the home country. E. g.: if the student is coming for the study period of 3 months, he/she must have 2310 EUR (462 EUR x 3 months + 924 EUR).
    Note! The document must be in English.
  • Photo in colour (size: 35×45 mm) corresponding to your age

You may find detailed application information and requirements HERE.

International FULL-TIME DEGREE students planning the studies at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) must check TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT application requirements.

Citizens of EU / EFTA countries may enter Lithuania and stay here for a period not exceeding 3 months without a permit. Citizens of EU / EFTA admitted for full-time degree studies must apply for Temporary Residence Certificate after arrival.

How to Apply?

VMU International Cooperation Department will inform you about the application procedure.

Application Fee - 10 Eur.

Application Documents:

  • Online Application Form (login HERE)
  • Passport (valid for 3 months after the study period) and a copy of it
  • Admission Letter provided by VMU
  • Health Insurance. Note! The document must be in English. 
  • Scholarship Confirmation or Official Bank Account Statement or other financial statement indicating the most recent balance. Each student must have sufficient financial resources of minimum 157 EUR per month. Note! The document must be in English.
  • Lease or loan-for-use agreement relevant for residence place declaration

You may find detailed application information and requirements HERE.

After the changes in the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners come into effect on 1 July (2023) national visas will NOT be issued to Full-time students coming to study at higher education institutions in Lithuania.

Instead of a national visa, Full-time students, except citizens of Russia and Belarus, coming to study in Lithuania shall apply for obtaining a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP), which may be issued for a period of 2 years.

TRP can be obtained in 34 centers of the company “VFS Global” operating in foreign countries. List of the centers and contact details here. More information here

List of required application documents here

Important information from the Migration department regarding TRP - here

VMU degree students coming from non-EU/EFTA countries (Visa-free regime or possessing Lithuanian D-type Visa) could apply for Temporary Residence Permit after arrival. The application must be submitted not later than 3 months before the expiration date of the visa.

More information will be provided by VMU International Cooperation Department. Also, you may find the important information HERE.