Lithuania: Migration Department to process national visa applications

Foreigners outside Lithuania will be able to apply for national visas only through an external service provider selected by the Lithuanian Migration Department (LMD) as of 1 July 2023, BNS reports. Previously, such visa applications were processed by Lithuanian diplomatic missions, consular offices, or visa centres abroad. The new rules require that all applications for national visas be submitted through LMD’s migration information system, MIGRIS. National visas can be issued to various individuals, including exchange students, teachers or researchers, athletes, sailors, journalists, businessmen, and other individuals specified by the Interior Minister.