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27.01.2021

The e-resident status in Lithuania, a new possibility for foreigners, is facing delays

As was published earlier this year, from 1 January 2021 the foreigners have a new possibility to obtain e-resident status in the Republic of Lithuania which allows foreigners to use various administrative, public and commercial services in the Republic of Lithuania which are provided by electronic (remote) means.

Although legally foreigners are entitled to apply for e-resident status as of 1 January, practically this is not possible as technical solutions do not work. On 27 January the Migration Department declared that the e-residency system in Lithuania is facing delays and the online platform for foreign nationals will not be operational before at least February: “State agencies must adapt their system, private businesses must prepare to service e-residents. Likewise, our main partners, the Centre of Registers and the Information Society Development Committee, must update their platforms,” Evelina Gudzinskaitė, head of the Migration Department, told LRT TV (source LRT.lt, 2021-01-27).

Let’s hope that the promise to launch the necessary system and solutions by end of February will be met….


PRIMUS about the e-resident status: such status should contribute to the attraction of investments from foreigners to the Republic of Lithuania in the fields of business development and service development and should help to solve the problems of identification of the foreigners during the provision of services in the Republic of Lithuania. The e-resident status will allow the more convenient management of the companies owned by foreigners or carrying out other actions using electronic services in the Republic of Lithuania.

The application to obtain the e-resident status foreigners are able to submit by remote means via external service provider as well as by visiting the Migration Department in the Republic of Lithuania. The foreigner who seeks to obtain the e-resident status must submit his/her travel documents, documents allowing the stay in the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the biometric data i.e. the image of the face and two fingerprints. To the foreigner who obtains the e-resident status, the electronic identification and electronic signature means with a certificate of identification of the e-resident in the electronic space and a qualified electronic signature certificate installed therein shall be issued.

The e-resident status will not be granted to the foreigners regarding whom another state has issued the alert in the Schengen information system for non-admission. As well as to the foreigners who are included in the national list of persons who are forbidden from entering the Republic of Lithuania.


Corporate & Commercial group: Partner, Advocate Giedrė Dailidėnaitė

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