HOW TO GET LITHUANIAN CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT

If any individual has ties back to their ancestors who were a citizen of Lithuania, you are likely to acquire Lithuanian Citizenship by descent. Lithuanian law allows you to go back to three generations. That means if you have a great-grandparent who held Lithuanian Citizenship at some point, you can acquire Lithuanian Citizenship by descent.

 

The first thing you need to do is to settle that when exactly your ancestor(s) left Lithuanian territory. If at least one of your parent(s), grandparent(s), or great grandparents were Lithuanian citizens before the Second World War but emigrated from Lithuania before 1940, you are likely to acquire Lithuanian Citizenship.

 

 

Application Process and General Requirements


Eligibility for Lithuanian Citizenship by Descent:

 

  • If at least one of your parent(s), grandparent(s), or great grandparents were Lithuanian citizens and have left Lithuania for some reason during or after World War II, you are eligible for dual Lithuanian Citizenship.

 

  • If your ancestors left Lithuania before 1918, you will not be eligible for obtaining Lithuanian Citizenship by descent.
  • No matter whichever ancestor you choose for this process, you must prove that you are related to each person in the chain. This could include a parent, grandparent, great grandparent. 

Documentation:

 

  • Application form to (solely in Lithuanian language).

 

  • Identification card.

 

  • Valid Passport copy (copies of both parent’s passports)

 

  • Birth certificate confirming the birth of an individual.

 

  • Marriage certificate.

 

  • Divorce certificate (If applicable).

 

  • Death certificate (if applicable).

 

  • Documents that confirms the right to acquire Citizenship of Latvia by descent.

 

  • Documents proving directly that an applicant or at least one parents, grandparents, great grandparents held a citizenship pf the Republic of Lithuania before June 15, 1940, such as:

 

  • Internal or foreign passport of Lithuania having an issue date before June 15, 1940.

 

  • Birth certificate within the time frame between 1918-1940 issued by Lithuanian authorities and has direct relevance to Lithuanian Citizenship.

 

  • Documents attesting to the person’s service in the Lithuanian military services or employment in the civil services.

 

In any case of absence of the documents mentioned above, documents about the fact that a person held Citizenship of Lithuania before June 15, 1940, can be requested from the Lithuanian Central State Archives.

 

Submission of Application:

 

After compiling all the required documents for obtaining Lithuanian Citizenship through ancestry, the application must be submitted along with the Consulate General’s application letter by the post or using a secure electronic signature or by using the e-service portal to the concerned application authority for further process.

 

The consulate General will inform you about the Migration Department’s status or requests regarding your application and will forward you a final verdict regarding the Citizenship.

 

Nationality processing time: 

 

The documents submitted by the applicant will be inquired and examined by the Consulate General and then forwarded to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania for proper examination. If all the required documents are correctly submitted, the process might take 6-15 months, depending on your case. 

 

 

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