2020.12.24 09:00

Deal or no-deal Brexit, key things for Britons in Lithuania to know

LRT.lt2020.12.24 09:00

Despite the stretched out negotiations over a Brexit deal, Britons who have already secured residency in Lithuania will not be affected even under a ‘no deal’ scenario. Here are the key things to know.

According to the British embassy in Lithuania:

– “UK nationals legally resident in Lithuania before the end of the transition period will continue to have broadly the same entitlements to work, study and access public services and benefits as before the UK left the EU.”
– “These rights are not contingent on the outcome of the negotiations on the future relationship.”
– More information is available here.

If a British citizen is not a resident of Lithuania by December 31, 2020, they will be considered a “third country national”, according to the country’s Migration Department.

But several benefits will apply – British nationals will be able to enter Lithuania without a visa and stay in the country and the whole Schengen area for 90 days in a period of 180 days

British citizens will also be able to apply for residency under a simplified procedure, according to the Migration Department, and should enquire here.

Residency permits issued before December 31, 2020, will remain valid until their expiry, but they will no longer allow free movement within the Schengen area.

British citizens who have received “the right to live in Lithuania as EU citizens” and would like to continue living in Lithuania should turn to the Migration Department after December 31, 2020, to request a residency.

Lithuania's Migration Department has also published a list of FAQs, which can be accessed here.

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