e-Residency of Lithuania


e-Residency of Lithuania is a program launched by Lithuania on 1 January 2021.[1][2] The program allows non-Lithuanian citizens to access services provided by the Lithuanian government and other institutions, such as company formation, declaration of taxes and opening of bank accounts. It provides the e-residents with a smart card, similar to the Lithuanian identity card, which can be used for electronic identification and electronic signature.

The e-residency scheme is aimed towards location-independent entrepreneurs such as software engineers and it is modelled after the e-Residency of Estonia.[3]

Application


An application for e-residency can be made online by filling a form to the Migration Department of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Migracijos Departamentas). The applicant must then physically present itself to the Migration Department for the identification and collection of the biometric data.[4] The status of an e-resident is granted for 3 years. As of 2021, the application fee is 90 Euros.[4]

The application is subject to certain checks, concerning national security, prevention of money laundering, etc. It also includes checks in the Schengen Information System for alerts by the other EU members.[4]

Legislation


The status of e-residence is established and regulated by the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens 2004[5] with the amendments from 2019.[6] The authority which implements the legislation is the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior.[6] The legal framework for the electronic identification and signatures is established by the Law on Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions[7]

See also


Footnotes


  1. "Lithuania plans to launch e-residency in January". Lithuanian Radio and Television. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  2. "Lithuania launches own national e-residency scheme". Eesti Rahvusringhääling. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  3. "Lithuania to introduce e-residency to foreigners". Xinhua. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  4. "I want to become an electronic resident". Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  5. "Republic of Lithuania, Law on the Legal Status of Aliens, 29 April 2004". Office of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  6. (in Lithuanian)"Republic of Lithuania, Law on the Legal Status of Aliens, 29 April 2004" (in Lithuanian). Office of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (with latest amendments). Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  7. ."Republic of Lithuania, Law on Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions, 26 April 2018". Office of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (with latest amendments). Retrieved 11 March 2021.