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Lithuania
Republic of Lithuania
Last Updated: June 6, 2017
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months recommended

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lithuania

Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106

Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500

Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Lithuania for information on U.S. - Lithuania relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Lithuania website for the most current visa information or the website for Lithuanian consulates in the United States.

Lithuania is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Lithuania for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay.  You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

  • You must apply for temporary residency if you plan on staying in Lithuania for more than 90 days within any six month period.
  • Processing time for a residency permit can take more than 90 days.  Lithuanian authorities recommend applying for a residency permit prior to traveling.
  • Children traveling unaccompanied must have written permission from at least one parent or guardian to travel outside the country.  This does not apply to visitors.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Lithuania.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. You should avoid areas where these public protests are taking place.

Foreigners, ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTI community have been subject to robberies, and racially-motivated verbal and sometimes physical harassment. This tends to occur late at night near bars and nightclubs.

Crime: Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are common, particularly at popular tourist sites and restaurants, and on public transportation. Pickpockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of a crowd as a distraction.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
  • Thefts from cars and car thefts occur regularly.  Do not leave valuables in rental cars.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Only use taxi services arranged by phone.
  • Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lighted areas; use the buddy system and indoor bank ATMs when possible.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (370) (5) 266-5500.  For social welfare emergencies, such as domestic violence or child abuse, dial 112 (English-speaking operators are available). Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.


We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Non-governmental organizations and centers provide a number of programs for victims of crime in Lithuania. Please see our website for more information.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Lithuania are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
  • Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties.
  • For more specific information about arrest procedures in Lithuania, visit the Embassy’s website.
  • Lithuanian customs regulations are strict for the temporary importation or export of firearms and antiquities.
    • Contact the Embassy of Lithuania in the United States for specific information about customs requirements.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws. However, members of the LGBTI community have experienced verbal and sometimes physical harassment.

See our LGBTI Travel Information and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.

  • Public transportation generally has reserved seats for individuals with disabilities. In bigger cities, there are low-floor trolleybuses and buses, which are marked with special signs.
  • For assistance getting on or off a train, contact the railway information center by telephone at (370) (5) 269-2121. Free assistance is not provided in all stations.
  • At the airport, special assistance call buttons for persons with reduced mobility are located in the car parking lot, by the bus stop, and at the departing passenger boarding point on the second level of the passenger terminal. There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and elevators in the arrival and departure terminals.
  • Reserved parking places for disabled individuals are marked with a wheelchair symbol on roads and in car parks.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. See the Embassy of Lithuania’s website for proof of health insurance requirements.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with Lithuanian State Medicines Control Agency (SMCA) under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania to ensure the medication is legal in Lithuania.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent:

The Lithuanian government does not require HIV testing for U.S. citizens. Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health problem.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Lithuania, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Roads in Lithuania range from well-maintained two- to four-lane highways connecting major cities, to small dirt roads crossing the countryside.

Traffic Laws: You may drive in Lithuania for up to 90 days with a U.S. driver’s license.

  • Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers. Children under the age of three must be seated in the back seat in a child seat appropriate for their age and size.
  • Driving under the influence is considered a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties. The legal limit in Lithuania is the equivalent of 0.04% BAC.
  • You must have at least your low-beam lights on at all times while driving.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
  • When involved in a traffic accident, Lithuanian law requires you to leave your vehicle where it is and immediately notify the police (112).
  • Drivers must carry a driver’s license, insurance, registration, etc. in the vehicle at all times.
  • The phone number for roadside assistance is 8-800-01414 from a regular phone. 1414 from a GSM mobile phone.

Public Transportation: Public transportation is generally considered safe and is readily available via taxi, uber, or bus. If utilizing taxi services, we recommend that travelers place a request via phone, app or hotel to ensure validity. As in every situation, travelers should be aware of their surroundings, specifically within large crowds where petty theft could occur.

For more information, please visit our Road Safety page. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Lithuania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Lithuania’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Lithuania should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”).

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lithuania

Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106

Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500

Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590

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General Information

Lithuania and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since May 1, 2007.

For information concerning travel to Lithuania, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Lithuania.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Lithuania.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

Office of Children’s Issues
Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Fax: 202-485-6221
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Email: askci@state.gov

Website: travel.state.gov 

The Lithuanian Central Authority (LCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service.  The LCA plays an administrative role in Hague Abduction Convention applications, including locating missing children, reaching out to taking parties to ascertain whether a voluntary resolution is possible, and providing a list of local attorneys, if requested.  The LCA can be reached at:

Ministry of Social Security and Labour
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service
A. Vivulskio Street 13
03221 Vilnius
Lithuania
Telephone: +370 (5) 231 0928
Fax: +370 (5) 231 0927
e-mail: info@ivaikinimas.lt
Internet

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Lithuania, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the LCA.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the LCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Lithuanian central authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant parent or legal guardian.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Lithuania.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Lithuania. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

The Lithuanian legal system does not require parents to retain a private attorney in order to file a Hague Abduction Convention petition with a court; however, the LCA recommends that parents have legal representation. Parents may hire a private attorney to assist them with their case and to advise them as to the best course of action for their individual circumstances. A privately hired attorney should contact the LCA and the USCA as soon as possible after the LCA receives the Hague Abduction Convention application. The LCA can provide referrals to assist applicants to find a private attorney or the applicants may represent themselves. The LCA’s role is not to assign attorneys to cases but to facilitate the Hague process until such time as an attorney submits the Hague petition to the Lithuanian court. Parents or legal guardians may apply for free or reduced fee legal representation based on their income and assets.

The U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, posts a list of attorneysincluding those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation is available in Lithuania at any stage of a Hague Abduction Convention case (return or access) and can be used to address a variety of issues ranging from return to access to child support. The LCA can assist with mediation by working with the parent(s) to examine whether there is a possibility for an amicable dialog between the parties. If the parties agree to mediate their case, a mediator will draw up an agreement between the parties to outline the terms of the mediation, including fees.  

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

The Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania) is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Lithuania.   

U.S. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Lithuania, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determine who can adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee under U.S. law in order to immigrate to t

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Who Can Adopt

In addition to the U.S. requirements, prospective adoptive parents are required to meet the following requirements from Lithuania in order to adopt a child from Lithuania:

  • Residency: Foreign national (non-Lithuanian) married couples living outside Lithuania may only adopt children with special needs.  Married couples living in the United States when one or both spouses are citizens of the Republic of Lithuania may apply for adoption in the same manner as Lithuanian citizens living in Lithuania.  See herefor guidance on adopting a child as a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania.
    • Definition - Children with special needs:
      • have serious or incurable medical conditions, or are older than 8 years of age;
      • are part of a sibling group of at least three who are referred for adoption together;
      • or are part of a sibling group but cannot be adopted together.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: Adoptive parents must be at least 18 and generally no older than 50.  In exceptional cases the court may allow an older person to adopt if it determines that the placement is in the best interests of the child.  The court will consider specific circumstances of the case.  For example, when a child is being adopted by a married couple, one of which meets the age requirement and the other exceeds the age requirement but is of a satisfactory physical and mental condition and is capable of bringing up the adoptee.  Exceptions may also be granted when prospective parents who are older than 50 wish to adopt an older child (eight years of age or older) or a child that was in their care for a lengthy period of time, when the prospective adoptive parents and the adoptee are related, or when the adoptee is the spouse’s child.
  • There must be a minimum age difference of 18 years between the prospective adoptive parents and the child, except when a person adopts a child of his/her spouse, the age difference may be reduced by the court to fifteen years.

  • Marriage: The prospective adoptive parents must be a married couple.  Marriage is defined by Lithuanian law as a voluntary agreement between a man and woman to create legal family relations executed in the procedure provided for by law.
  • Income: There are no published income requirements, but both U.S. and Lithuanian agencies will evaluate this.
  • Other: Readiness to adopt – prospective adoptive parents must meet the requirements established for prospective adoptive parents by Lithuania, and they must be recognized as suitable to adopt by both U.S. and Lithuanian standards.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Because Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Lithuania must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption.  For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Lithuania have determined that placement of the child within Lithuania has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.  In addition to Lithuania’s requirements, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee to be eligible for an immigrant visa that will allow you to bring him or her to the United States.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Relinquishment: A child becomes available for adoption with the consent of the child’s birth parents or in cases where the birth parents are not known, are dead, or are determined to be legally incapable of providing care.  The birth parents may revoke their consent to adoption before a court judgment is made on the adoption of the child.
  • Once the birth parents rights have been relinquished (either by a court decision or of their own choice), the adoption process begins.  Once an adoptive family is found, the family appears at a court hearing for a decision.  This decision enters into force 30 days afterwards, however, in most cases the judge grants a “fast enforcement process,” making the decision take effect on the same day.  There is currently a pending law that would revoke the 30 day waiting period, but it is yet to be passed.The final decision is full, final, and irrevocable.

    The child’s birth parents can apply to the court to redeem their parental rights over the child, but this process is lengthy and must begin before the court begins to decide on granting custody to adoptive parents.

    Irrevocable consent is defined as a document which indicates the place and date the document was signed by a child's legal custodian, in which the legal custodian freely consents to the termination of the legal custodian's legal relationship with the child.

  • Abandonment: Abandonment is defined in a number of ways, including:
    • Both parents or single parent of the child are deceased;
    • Both parents of the child or his single parent have been declared missing or deceased by a court judgment;
    • The child has been separated from the parents in accordance with the procedure established by law;
    • The child’s parents or close relatives are not identified within a 3-month period after the child’s birth;
    • Both parents or the single parent of the child are declared legally incapable in accordance with the procedure established by law.
  • More information is available here.

    When a child is removed from their biological family or abandoned, parental authority is temporarily restricted by the court and temporary custody is established at a child care institution. If the situation does not change (birth parents do not prove capable to care for their child), then parental authority is restricted for an unlimited (“termless”) period. Permanent custody is transferred to the child care institution and the child becomes available for adoption. A child can only be adopted if the parental authority of the birth parents (if known) has been restricted for an unlimited period.

  • Age of Adoptive Child: From nine months to eighteen years.
  • Sibling Adoptions: Siblings are placed with the same adoptive family except when separation is needed for health reasons or where the siblings have already been separated and there are no possibilities to ensure their life together.
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Within the Lithuanian system, children may be considered to have special needs based on their age, health, or because they are part of a sibling groups of 3 or more children.
  • Waiting Period or Foster Care: For the first six months, citizens of Lithuania (couples where either one or both spouses are citizens of Lithuania, regardless of residency) have priority in adopting eligible children.  If a child has not been placed with a Lithuanian family after six months, the child becomes eligible for intercountry adoption by foreign nationals (this includes non-Lithuanian residents of Lithuania).
  • Child Consent: The prospective adoptive child’s consent to the adoption must be filed with the court if the child is 10 years of age or older.  When the child is under 10, the court must take into account the child’s wishes if the child is capable of expressing his/her views and if those wishes are not contrary to the child’s interest.
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How to Adopt

WARNING: Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention.  Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Lithuania before a U.S. consular officer issues an “Article 5 Letter” in the case.Read on for more information.

Lithuania’s Adoption Authority
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Note: If any of the following occurred prior to April 1, 2008 (the date on which the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force with respect to the United States), the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption: 1) you filed a Form I-600A identifying Lithuania as the country where you intended to adopt; 2) you filed a Form I-600; or, 3) the adoption was completed.  Under these circumstances, your adopted child’s visa application could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions.  For more information, read about Transition Cases. Similarly, if the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force in Lithuania after April 1, 2008, and you have an approved, unexpired Form I-600A or filed a Form I-600 before the entry into force date in Lithuania, your adoption may be considered a transition case.  Please contact adoptionusca@state.gov with the details of the case if this situation applies to you.

The Process

Because Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Lithuania must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements.  A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below.  You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.  Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

  1. Choose a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider
  2. Apply to USCIS to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child by authorities in Lithuania. 
  4. Apply to USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption
  5. Adopt (or Gain Legal Custody of) child in Lithuania.
  6. Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider

The recommended first step in adopting a child from Lithuania is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide services to U.S. citizens in Convention cases.  Only accredited or approved adoption services providers may provide adoption services between the United States and Lithuania.  The U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider will act as the primary provider in your case.  The primary adoption service provider is responsible for ensuring that all adoption services in the case are done in accordance with the Hague Adoption Convention and U.S. laws and regulations.  Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

2.  Apply to USCIS to be Found Eligible to Adopt

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt by the responsible U.S. government agency, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), by submitting Form I-800A.  Read more about Eligibility Requirements.

Once USCIS determines that you are “eligible” and “suited” to adopt by approving the Form I-800A, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Lithuania as part of your adoption dossier.  Lithuania’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Lithuanian law.

3.  Be Matched with a Child in Lithuania

If both the United States and Lithuania determine that you are eligible to adopt, and the central authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is available for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the central authority for Convention adoptions in Lithuania may provide you with a referral for a child.  The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of a specific child in Lithuania.  The adoption authority in Lithuania will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral or not.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs and provide a permanent home for a particular child.If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the adoption authority in Lithuania.  Learn more about this critical decision.

Since April 1, 2012 non-Lithuanians who reside outside of Lithuania may only apply to adopt children with special needs.  According to the Description of Pretrial Procedure for adopting children with special needs, foreign citizens (a married couple) can adopt by applying through an accredited agency authorized to facilitate intercountry adoption in Lithuania.  The State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service (Service) sends a list of children with special needs to authorized agencies.Authorized agencies then search for a family ready to adopt a child.  After receiving information about prospective adoptive parents, the Service decides whether prospective adoptive parents are suitable to adopt that child.

Lithuanian citizens may adopt non-special needs children.  Children eligible for adoption shall be placed with a family if it is in the best interests of the child, according to the family’s position in the waiting list and considering the family’s stated preferences about the age, sex, and health of the child.

4.  Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States (Form I-800).  USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child meets the definition of a Convention Adoptee and will be eligible to enter the United States and reside permanently as an immigrant.

After provisional approval of Form I-800, your adoption service provider or you will submit a visa application to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, that is responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Lithuania.  A consular officer will review the Form I-800 and the visa application for possible visa ineligibilities and advise you of options for the waiver of any noted ineligibilities.

WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5Letter”) to the Lithuanian Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Lithuania where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States.This letter will inform the Lithuanian Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Lithuania before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

5.  Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Lithuania

Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child in Lithuania, you must have completed the above four steps.Only after completing these steps, can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purposes of adoption in Lithuania.

The process for finalizing the adoption or gaining legal custody in Lithuania generally includes the following:

  • Role of the Court: During the hearing, the court shall verify whether the pre-trial adoption procedure was properly performed, whether potential adoptive parents meet the requirements and are prepared to raise the child, and whether the adoption is in the best interests of the child.  After the judge approves the adoption, there is a 30-day waiting period before the adoption is final.  Therefore the court’s judgment regarding adoption shall become effective after 30 days, unless it is appealed.
  • Time Frame: The average duration of the adoption procedure by foreign families wishing to adopt special needs children may be completed in 6 months - 2 years.
  • Role of Adoption Authority: The Adoption Authority will provide information, evaluate agencies and applicants to ensure the health and safety of the child, and assist adoptive parents during their stay in Lithuania.
  • Role of Adoption Agencies: The primary functions of the authorized adoption agencies are providing information and support to the adoptive parents, gathering the necessary legal documents, and facilitating the adoption process with the Lithuanian adoption authorities.
  • Adoption Application: U.S. and Lithuanian applications must be filed to satisfy eligibility requirements of both countries.
  • Adoption Fees: In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.
    • Lithuania does not charge court fees to complete the adoption procedure.  However, the family should expect the following in-country costs:
    • Preparation of documents for adoption (translation, legalization);
    • Journey to Lithuania and accommodations in Lithuania;
    • Translation services during the stay in Lithuania and during the court hearing;
    • Services of the representative, the attorney of law;
    • The stamp duty $72.00 (144 LTL); and
    • Other additional health tests performed for the child
    • Passport and visa costs,
  • Documents Required: Note: Additional documents may be requested.
  • Authentication of Documents: The United States and Lithuania are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention.  U.S. public documents may be authenticated with Apostilles by the appropriate U.S. Competent Authority.
  • Note: Some documents will need to be translated to Lithuanian to be accepted.

6.Obtain an Immigrant Visa for your Child and Bring Your Child Home

Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home.Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate
If you have finalized the adoption in Lithuania, you will firstneed to apply for a birth certificate for your child so that you can later apply for a passport.

If you have been granted custody for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

How to obtain a new birth certificate for the child in Lithuania.

After the court’s judgment regarding adoption come into force, the adoptive parents must contact the Civil Registry Department that registered the birth of the child regarding the issuing of a new birth certificate.  The following documents must be submitted to the Civil Registry Department:

  1. Copies of passports of the adoptive parents (translated into Lithuanian and legalized);
  2. A copy of the marriage certificate of the adoptive parents (translated into Lithuanian and legalized);
  3. The original copy of the judgment of Vilnius District Court regarding adoption;
  4. The original copy of the birth certificate of the child.

Either one or both adoptive parents shall fill out the application form regarding the issuing of a new birth certificate for their adopted child.  One or both parents may authorize a third party to contact the Civil Registry Department in order to obtain a new birth certificate for the adopted child.

Lithuanian Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Lithuania. 

A Lithuanian passport may be obtained from any migration office.  The following documents must be submitted to the migration authority:

  1. Original copy of the judgment of Vilnius District Court;
  2. Passports of the adoptive parents;
  3. A copy of the new birth certificate of the child;
  4. The child’s old passport (if he/she has one) or decision regarding Lithuanian citizenship (if necessary).

The application to issue the passport for the child must be signed by at least one of the adoptive parents.  The child must be present while submitting the application to issue the passport for the child.  The fee for regular passport processing, which takes 1 month is 75 LTL; the fee for a five-day turnaround is 200 LTL; and the next-day service the fee is 250 LTL.

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to finalize your application for a U.S. visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania.  After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review of the case, issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, final approval of Form I-800, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa.  This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the consular officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage.  Read more about the Medical Examination.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000

For adoptions finalized after the child’s entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child’s entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S.citizenship.

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting. Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

POST-ADOPTION/POST-PLACEMENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

We strongly urge you to comply with Lithuania’s post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process.  Your cooperation will contribute to that country’s history of positive experiences with U.S. citizen parents.

Following the adoption, the accredited adoption agency that represents the adoptive family must provide feedback to the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour consisting of reports about the integration of the adopted child into the family, living conditions, development, health, also pictures and videos; the feedback shall be provided as follows:

  1. Twice a year during the first two years following the adoption;
  2. Once a year for the following two years;
  3. At the request of the service after four years following the adoption.

Information must be detailed and correct.

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Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport
U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy.  The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Lithuania

U.S. citizens may enter Lithuania and stay for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  However, visas may be needed for families stopping in other countries.

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa.  A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit.  Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.  To find information about obtaining a visa for Lithuania, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip
Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.  The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip
When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State.  Enrollment makes it possible to contact you if necessary.  Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Lithuania, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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After Adoption

POST-ADOPTION RESOURCES

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Lithuania 
American Embassy Vilnius
Consular Section
Akmenų 6, LT-03106 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Tel: 370-5-2665600    
Fax: 370-5-2665590 
Email: ConSec@state.gov 
Internet: http://lt.usembassy.gov

Lithuania’s Adoption Authority
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service 
Ministry of Social Security and Labour
A.Vivulskio  Str. 13
LT-03211 Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: 370-5-2310928
Fax: 370-5-2310927
Email: info@vaikoteises.lt 
Internet: http://www.vaikoteises.lt/en

Embassy of Lithuania 
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
2622 16th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20009 
Tel: 202-234-5860
Fax: 202-328-0466
Email: amb.us@urm.ltinfo@ltembassyus.org
Internet:  http://usa.mfa.lt/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: AdoptionUSCA@state.gov 
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 24 Months
L-2 None Multiple 24 Months
M-1 None Multiple 24 Months
M-2 None Multiple 24 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO-7 1 None Multiple 24 Months
O-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 24 Months
R-2 None Multiple 24 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: GIMIMO LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of birth certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on two-sided, 18 cm/16 cm size, light green colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

 

Death Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: MIRTIES LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of death certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on one side, 14 cm/21 cm size, and light gray colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.  

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: Marriage registration in Civil Registrar Office – 20 euros; in the place of applicant’s own choice – 60 euros.

Document Name: SANTUOKOS LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of marriage certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on two sided, 18 cm/16 cm size, light pink colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 month. The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

 

Divorce Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 6 euros

Document Name: IŠTUOKOS LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of divorce certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on one side, 14 cm/21 cm size, and light blue and pink colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee for one original document.

Document Name:  (City name) APYGARDOS TEISMAS. SPRENDIMAS. LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VARDU

Issuing Authority: Courts of the Republic of Lithuania

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on A4 size white paper. The court seal and signature on the last page of the document.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The document is obtained after the whole adoption process is completed.

Certified Copies Available: Yes, for additional fee which may vary depending on local court policy.

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The child's birth records are amended to reflect the new maternity and paternity information after a court has approved adoption of a child.

 

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Identity Card

National ID Cards
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 4.30 to 31.60 euros depending on applicant’s age and time of issuance

Document Name: ASMENS TAPATYBĖS KORTELĖ

Issuing Authority: ASMENS DOKUMENTŲ IŠRAŠYMO CENTRAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: ID card is made of polycarbonate with embedded contact and contactless chips. All data on the polycarbonate is laser-engraved.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must submit an application in the nearest local migration office. The list of migration offices may be found here.  Applicants residing outside Lithuania may apply at Lithuanian embassies or consulates.

All information how to apply and obtain the document may be found on www.dokumentai.lt .

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: Passport

Exceptions: None

Comments: Identity Card (ID card) is the main document to prove identity and nationality, mandatory for every citizen of the Republic of Lithuania at the age of 16 who is not in possession of a Citizen’s Passport issued prior to 1 January 2003. ID card can be issued to a person who is not 16 years old yet, if necessary. ID card is mandatory inside the country and can be used to travel abroad to countries with which appropriate treaties and agreements have been concluded.

ID card issued to a person at the age of 16 or older is valid for 10 years.

ID card issued to a person who is not 16 yet is valid no longer than 5 years.

For travel to the U.S. the National ID Cards cannot be used, the passports are required.

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records
 

Available/Unavailable:  Available

Fees: may be applicable depending on the issuing office.

Document Name: TEISMO SPRENDIMAS or NUOSPRENDIS or NUTARTIS

Issuing Authority: Courts of the Republic of Lithuania.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on A4 size white paper. The court seal, total number of pages, and signature of the judge is on the last page of the document. Every page stamped with COPY or TRUE COPY seal and signed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge or the archives official

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must apply in the city where the trial took place and the final court decision was made. The records are retrieved from the court’s archives and the applicant obtains a certified copy of the final court decision.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The court records must be translated into English by a sworn translator.

 

Police Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee if requested once per year. If requested more than once per year, 4 to 8 euros depending on the time and type of the requested issuance.

Document Name: ĮTARIAMŲJŲ, KALTINAMŲJŲ IR NUTEISTŲJŲ REGISTRO IŠRAŠAS APIE FIZINĮ ASMENĮ

Issuing Authority: INFORMATIKOS IR RYŠIŲ DEPARTAMENTAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A-4 format, printed on regular white paper. Name of the issuing authority and name of the document are in capital letters. The Lithuanian Coat of Arms is at the top of the page. The document is signed by the Head (or Deputy Head) of the Criminal Information Department but not necessarily sealed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Head (or Deputy Head) of the Criminal Information Department.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant should follow the instructions how to obtain the document at www.ird.lt and submit the request in person or electronically. When applying in person, the contact information is: Šventaragio g. 2, LT-01510 Vilnius, ph. +370 5 2718473.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: IT and Communications Department issues a similar police certificate called PAŽYMA DĖL ĮTARIAMŲJŲ, KLATINAMŲJŲ IR NUTEISTŲJŲ REGISTRO DUOMENŲ APIE FIZINĮ ASMENĮ. This document cannot serve as a replacement of or an alternative to the required document and will not be accepted for the immigrant visa interview.

Military Records

Military Records
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Issuing Authority: The Military Conscription and Recruitment Department (Karo prievolės komplektavimo tarnyba – KPKT).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant has to submit a request to the division where he was registered at the time of being drafted. The list of divisions and contact information may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: Often people have a military book (voyenniy bilet) where their military service in the Soviet Army is recorded. The book contains information about the length of service and circumstances of discharge. Some applicants may still have these books in their possession.

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: The telephone number for general inquiries is:  +370 800 12340 (toll free) or +370 5 2336469 (paid).

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Passports
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 21.50 to 71 euros depending on applicant’s age and time of issuance

Document Name: LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS PASAS

Issuing Authority: ASMENS DOKUMENTŲ IŠRAŠYMO CENTRAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The main distinctive feature of the new passport – the burgundy red colour of its cover (all former generations had the green cover). The Lithuanian Coat of Arms is in the center of the cover. Visa pages of the passport depict national and ethnic heritage of Lithuania. The passport contains 32 numbered pages plus a polycarbonate data page with laser engraved personal data, face image and signature. The Lithuanian passport incorporate a number of modern security features against counterfeit, forgery, and measures to speed up the process of verification.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must submit an application in the nearest local migration office. The list of migration offices may be found here. Applicants residing outside Lithuania may apply at Lithuanian embassies or consulates.

All information how to apply and obtain the document may be found on www.dokumentai.lt .

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: National ID Card.  For travel to the U.S. the National ID Cards cannot be used, the passports are required.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Passport is a document issued to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, confirming personal identity and is intended for going abroad. Passports of the Republic of Lithuania are valid from the date of issue for 10 years for adult citizens and persons over 16 years, 5 years for persons between 5 and 16 years of age, 2 years for persons below the age of 5 years.  12 months for persons in cases where fingerprints could not be taken due to a non-permanent injury.

Passports issued before 2 January 2008 will remain valid until their expiration date.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information
 

Post Title: Vilnius, Lithuania (Embassy)

Address:   Akmenų 6, LT-03106

                 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone Number: +370 5 2665600

                         +370 5 2665601

E-mail:  ConSec@state.gov

Visa Services: Immigrant and Non-immigrant Visas

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Lithuania.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 234-5860 (202) 328-0466

Chicago, IL (312) 397-0382 (312) 397-0385

New York, NY (212) 354-7840 (212) 354-7911

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lithuania
Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106
Telephone
+(370) (5) 266-5600
Emergency
+(370) (5) 266 5500
Fax
+(370) (5) 266-5590
Lithuania Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Lithuania
Republic of Lithuania
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

6 months recommended

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Not required for stays under 90 days

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

10,000 Euros or equivalent

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lithuania

Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106

Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500

Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Lithuania for information on U.S. - Lithuania relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Lithuania website for the most current visa information or the website for Lithuanian consulates in the United States.

Lithuania is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Lithuania for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay.  You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

  • You must apply for temporary residency if you plan on staying in Lithuania for more than 90 days within any six month period.
  • Processing time for a residency permit can take more than 90 days.  Lithuanian authorities recommend applying for a residency permit prior to traveling.
  • Children traveling unaccompanied must have written permission from at least one parent or guardian to travel outside the country.  This does not apply to visitors.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Lithuania.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. You should avoid areas where these public protests are taking place.

Foreigners, ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTI community have been subject to robberies, and racially-motivated verbal and sometimes physical harassment. This tends to occur late at night near bars and nightclubs.

Crime: Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are common, particularly at popular tourist sites and restaurants, and on public transportation. Pickpockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of a crowd as a distraction.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
  • Thefts from cars and car thefts occur regularly.  Do not leave valuables in rental cars.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Only use taxi services arranged by phone.
  • Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lighted areas; use the buddy system and indoor bank ATMs when possible.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy at (370) (5) 266-5500.  For social welfare emergencies, such as domestic violence or child abuse, dial 112 (English-speaking operators are available). Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.


We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Non-governmental organizations and centers provide a number of programs for victims of crime in Lithuania. Please see our website for more information.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Lithuania are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
  • Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties.
  • For more specific information about arrest procedures in Lithuania, visit the Embassy’s website.
  • Lithuanian customs regulations are strict for the temporary importation or export of firearms and antiquities.
    • Contact the Embassy of Lithuania in the United States for specific information about customs requirements.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws. However, members of the LGBTI community have experienced verbal and sometimes physical harassment.

See our LGBTI Travel Information and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.

  • Public transportation generally has reserved seats for individuals with disabilities. In bigger cities, there are low-floor trolleybuses and buses, which are marked with special signs.
  • For assistance getting on or off a train, contact the railway information center by telephone at (370) (5) 269-2121. Free assistance is not provided in all stations.
  • At the airport, special assistance call buttons for persons with reduced mobility are located in the car parking lot, by the bus stop, and at the departing passenger boarding point on the second level of the passenger terminal. There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and elevators in the arrival and departure terminals.
  • Reserved parking places for disabled individuals are marked with a wheelchair symbol on roads and in car parks.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. See the Embassy of Lithuania’s website for proof of health insurance requirements.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with Lithuanian State Medicines Control Agency (SMCA) under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania to ensure the medication is legal in Lithuania.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent:

The Lithuanian government does not require HIV testing for U.S. citizens. Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health problem.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Lithuania, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Roads in Lithuania range from well-maintained two- to four-lane highways connecting major cities, to small dirt roads crossing the countryside.

Traffic Laws: You may drive in Lithuania for up to 90 days with a U.S. driver’s license.

  • Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers. Children under the age of three must be seated in the back seat in a child seat appropriate for their age and size.
  • Driving under the influence is considered a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties. The legal limit in Lithuania is the equivalent of 0.04% BAC.
  • You must have at least your low-beam lights on at all times while driving.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
  • When involved in a traffic accident, Lithuanian law requires you to leave your vehicle where it is and immediately notify the police (112).
  • Drivers must carry a driver’s license, insurance, registration, etc. in the vehicle at all times.
  • The phone number for roadside assistance is 8-800-01414 from a regular phone. 1414 from a GSM mobile phone.

Public Transportation: Public transportation is generally considered safe and is readily available via taxi, uber, or bus. If utilizing taxi services, we recommend that travelers place a request via phone, app or hotel to ensure validity. As in every situation, travelers should be aware of their surroundings, specifically within large crowds where petty theft could occur.

For more information, please visit our Road Safety page. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Lithuania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Lithuania’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Lithuania should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”).

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lithuania

Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106

Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500

Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590

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General Information

Lithuania and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since May 1, 2007.

For information concerning travel to Lithuania, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Lithuania.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Lithuania.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

Office of Children’s Issues
Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Fax: 202-485-6221
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Email: askci@state.gov

Website: travel.state.gov 

The Lithuanian Central Authority (LCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service.  The LCA plays an administrative role in Hague Abduction Convention applications, including locating missing children, reaching out to taking parties to ascertain whether a voluntary resolution is possible, and providing a list of local attorneys, if requested.  The LCA can be reached at:

Ministry of Social Security and Labour
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service
A. Vivulskio Street 13
03221 Vilnius
Lithuania
Telephone: +370 (5) 231 0928
Fax: +370 (5) 231 0927
e-mail: info@ivaikinimas.lt
Internet

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Lithuania, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the LCA.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the LCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Lithuanian central authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant parent or legal guardian.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Lithuania.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Lithuania. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

The Lithuanian legal system does not require parents to retain a private attorney in order to file a Hague Abduction Convention petition with a court; however, the LCA recommends that parents have legal representation. Parents may hire a private attorney to assist them with their case and to advise them as to the best course of action for their individual circumstances. A privately hired attorney should contact the LCA and the USCA as soon as possible after the LCA receives the Hague Abduction Convention application. The LCA can provide referrals to assist applicants to find a private attorney or the applicants may represent themselves. The LCA’s role is not to assign attorneys to cases but to facilitate the Hague process until such time as an attorney submits the Hague petition to the Lithuanian court. Parents or legal guardians may apply for free or reduced fee legal representation based on their income and assets.

The U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, posts a list of attorneysincluding those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation is available in Lithuania at any stage of a Hague Abduction Convention case (return or access) and can be used to address a variety of issues ranging from return to access to child support. The LCA can assist with mediation by working with the parent(s) to examine whether there is a possibility for an amicable dialog between the parties. If the parties agree to mediate their case, a mediator will draw up an agreement between the parties to outline the terms of the mediation, including fees.  

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

The Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania) is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Lithuania.   

U.S. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Lithuania, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determine who can adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee under U.S. law in order to immigrate to t

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Who Can Adopt

In addition to the U.S. requirements, prospective adoptive parents are required to meet the following requirements from Lithuania in order to adopt a child from Lithuania:

  • Residency: Foreign national (non-Lithuanian) married couples living outside Lithuania may only adopt children with special needs.  Married couples living in the United States when one or both spouses are citizens of the Republic of Lithuania may apply for adoption in the same manner as Lithuanian citizens living in Lithuania.  See herefor guidance on adopting a child as a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania.
    • Definition - Children with special needs:
      • have serious or incurable medical conditions, or are older than 8 years of age;
      • are part of a sibling group of at least three who are referred for adoption together;
      • or are part of a sibling group but cannot be adopted together.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: Adoptive parents must be at least 18 and generally no older than 50.  In exceptional cases the court may allow an older person to adopt if it determines that the placement is in the best interests of the child.  The court will consider specific circumstances of the case.  For example, when a child is being adopted by a married couple, one of which meets the age requirement and the other exceeds the age requirement but is of a satisfactory physical and mental condition and is capable of bringing up the adoptee.  Exceptions may also be granted when prospective parents who are older than 50 wish to adopt an older child (eight years of age or older) or a child that was in their care for a lengthy period of time, when the prospective adoptive parents and the adoptee are related, or when the adoptee is the spouse’s child.
  • There must be a minimum age difference of 18 years between the prospective adoptive parents and the child, except when a person adopts a child of his/her spouse, the age difference may be reduced by the court to fifteen years.

  • Marriage: The prospective adoptive parents must be a married couple.  Marriage is defined by Lithuanian law as a voluntary agreement between a man and woman to create legal family relations executed in the procedure provided for by law.
  • Income: There are no published income requirements, but both U.S. and Lithuanian agencies will evaluate this.
  • Other: Readiness to adopt – prospective adoptive parents must meet the requirements established for prospective adoptive parents by Lithuania, and they must be recognized as suitable to adopt by both U.S. and Lithuanian standards.
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Who Can Be Adopted

Because Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Lithuania must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption.  For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Lithuania have determined that placement of the child within Lithuania has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.  In addition to Lithuania’s requirements, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee to be eligible for an immigrant visa that will allow you to bring him or her to the United States.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Relinquishment: A child becomes available for adoption with the consent of the child’s birth parents or in cases where the birth parents are not known, are dead, or are determined to be legally incapable of providing care.  The birth parents may revoke their consent to adoption before a court judgment is made on the adoption of the child.
  • Once the birth parents rights have been relinquished (either by a court decision or of their own choice), the adoption process begins.  Once an adoptive family is found, the family appears at a court hearing for a decision.  This decision enters into force 30 days afterwards, however, in most cases the judge grants a “fast enforcement process,” making the decision take effect on the same day.  There is currently a pending law that would revoke the 30 day waiting period, but it is yet to be passed.The final decision is full, final, and irrevocable.

    The child’s birth parents can apply to the court to redeem their parental rights over the child, but this process is lengthy and must begin before the court begins to decide on granting custody to adoptive parents.

    Irrevocable consent is defined as a document which indicates the place and date the document was signed by a child's legal custodian, in which the legal custodian freely consents to the termination of the legal custodian's legal relationship with the child.

  • Abandonment: Abandonment is defined in a number of ways, including:
    • Both parents or single parent of the child are deceased;
    • Both parents of the child or his single parent have been declared missing or deceased by a court judgment;
    • The child has been separated from the parents in accordance with the procedure established by law;
    • The child’s parents or close relatives are not identified within a 3-month period after the child’s birth;
    • Both parents or the single parent of the child are declared legally incapable in accordance with the procedure established by law.
  • More information is available here.

    When a child is removed from their biological family or abandoned, parental authority is temporarily restricted by the court and temporary custody is established at a child care institution. If the situation does not change (birth parents do not prove capable to care for their child), then parental authority is restricted for an unlimited (“termless”) period. Permanent custody is transferred to the child care institution and the child becomes available for adoption. A child can only be adopted if the parental authority of the birth parents (if known) has been restricted for an unlimited period.

  • Age of Adoptive Child: From nine months to eighteen years.
  • Sibling Adoptions: Siblings are placed with the same adoptive family except when separation is needed for health reasons or where the siblings have already been separated and there are no possibilities to ensure their life together.
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Within the Lithuanian system, children may be considered to have special needs based on their age, health, or because they are part of a sibling groups of 3 or more children.
  • Waiting Period or Foster Care: For the first six months, citizens of Lithuania (couples where either one or both spouses are citizens of Lithuania, regardless of residency) have priority in adopting eligible children.  If a child has not been placed with a Lithuanian family after six months, the child becomes eligible for intercountry adoption by foreign nationals (this includes non-Lithuanian residents of Lithuania).
  • Child Consent: The prospective adoptive child’s consent to the adoption must be filed with the court if the child is 10 years of age or older.  When the child is under 10, the court must take into account the child’s wishes if the child is capable of expressing his/her views and if those wishes are not contrary to the child’s interest.
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How to Adopt

WARNING: Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention.  Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Lithuania before a U.S. consular officer issues an “Article 5 Letter” in the case.Read on for more information.

Lithuania’s Adoption Authority
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

Note: If any of the following occurred prior to April 1, 2008 (the date on which the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force with respect to the United States), the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption: 1) you filed a Form I-600A identifying Lithuania as the country where you intended to adopt; 2) you filed a Form I-600; or, 3) the adoption was completed.  Under these circumstances, your adopted child’s visa application could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions.  For more information, read about Transition Cases. Similarly, if the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force in Lithuania after April 1, 2008, and you have an approved, unexpired Form I-600A or filed a Form I-600 before the entry into force date in Lithuania, your adoption may be considered a transition case.  Please contact adoptionusca@state.gov with the details of the case if this situation applies to you.

The Process

Because Lithuania is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Lithuania must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements.  A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below.  You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements.  Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

  1. Choose a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider
  2. Apply to USCIS to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child by authorities in Lithuania. 
  4. Apply to USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption
  5. Adopt (or Gain Legal Custody of) child in Lithuania.
  6. Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider

The recommended first step in adopting a child from Lithuania is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide services to U.S. citizens in Convention cases.  Only accredited or approved adoption services providers may provide adoption services between the United States and Lithuania.  The U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider will act as the primary provider in your case.  The primary adoption service provider is responsible for ensuring that all adoption services in the case are done in accordance with the Hague Adoption Convention and U.S. laws and regulations.  Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

2.  Apply to USCIS to be Found Eligible to Adopt

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt by the responsible U.S. government agency, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), by submitting Form I-800A.  Read more about Eligibility Requirements.

Once USCIS determines that you are “eligible” and “suited” to adopt by approving the Form I-800A, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Lithuania as part of your adoption dossier.  Lithuania’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Lithuanian law.

3.  Be Matched with a Child in Lithuania

If both the United States and Lithuania determine that you are eligible to adopt, and the central authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is available for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the central authority for Convention adoptions in Lithuania may provide you with a referral for a child.  The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of a specific child in Lithuania.  The adoption authority in Lithuania will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral or not.  Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs and provide a permanent home for a particular child.If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the adoption authority in Lithuania.  Learn more about this critical decision.

Since April 1, 2012 non-Lithuanians who reside outside of Lithuania may only apply to adopt children with special needs.  According to the Description of Pretrial Procedure for adopting children with special needs, foreign citizens (a married couple) can adopt by applying through an accredited agency authorized to facilitate intercountry adoption in Lithuania.  The State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service (Service) sends a list of children with special needs to authorized agencies.Authorized agencies then search for a family ready to adopt a child.  After receiving information about prospective adoptive parents, the Service decides whether prospective adoptive parents are suitable to adopt that child.

Lithuanian citizens may adopt non-special needs children.  Children eligible for adoption shall be placed with a family if it is in the best interests of the child, according to the family’s position in the waiting list and considering the family’s stated preferences about the age, sex, and health of the child.

4.  Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States (Form I-800).  USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child meets the definition of a Convention Adoptee and will be eligible to enter the United States and reside permanently as an immigrant.

After provisional approval of Form I-800, your adoption service provider or you will submit a visa application to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, that is responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Lithuania.  A consular officer will review the Form I-800 and the visa application for possible visa ineligibilities and advise you of options for the waiver of any noted ineligibilities.

WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5Letter”) to the Lithuanian Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Lithuania where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States.This letter will inform the Lithuanian Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Lithuania before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

5.  Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Lithuania

Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child in Lithuania, you must have completed the above four steps.Only after completing these steps, can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purposes of adoption in Lithuania.

The process for finalizing the adoption or gaining legal custody in Lithuania generally includes the following:

  • Role of the Court: During the hearing, the court shall verify whether the pre-trial adoption procedure was properly performed, whether potential adoptive parents meet the requirements and are prepared to raise the child, and whether the adoption is in the best interests of the child.  After the judge approves the adoption, there is a 30-day waiting period before the adoption is final.  Therefore the court’s judgment regarding adoption shall become effective after 30 days, unless it is appealed.
  • Time Frame: The average duration of the adoption procedure by foreign families wishing to adopt special needs children may be completed in 6 months - 2 years.
  • Role of Adoption Authority: The Adoption Authority will provide information, evaluate agencies and applicants to ensure the health and safety of the child, and assist adoptive parents during their stay in Lithuania.
  • Role of Adoption Agencies: The primary functions of the authorized adoption agencies are providing information and support to the adoptive parents, gathering the necessary legal documents, and facilitating the adoption process with the Lithuanian adoption authorities.
  • Adoption Application: U.S. and Lithuanian applications must be filed to satisfy eligibility requirements of both countries.
  • Adoption Fees: In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.
    • Lithuania does not charge court fees to complete the adoption procedure.  However, the family should expect the following in-country costs:
    • Preparation of documents for adoption (translation, legalization);
    • Journey to Lithuania and accommodations in Lithuania;
    • Translation services during the stay in Lithuania and during the court hearing;
    • Services of the representative, the attorney of law;
    • The stamp duty $72.00 (144 LTL); and
    • Other additional health tests performed for the child
    • Passport and visa costs,
  • Documents Required: Note: Additional documents may be requested.
  • Authentication of Documents: The United States and Lithuania are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention.  U.S. public documents may be authenticated with Apostilles by the appropriate U.S. Competent Authority.
  • Note: Some documents will need to be translated to Lithuanian to be accepted.

6.Obtain an Immigrant Visa for your Child and Bring Your Child Home

Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home.Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate
If you have finalized the adoption in Lithuania, you will firstneed to apply for a birth certificate for your child so that you can later apply for a passport.

If you have been granted custody for the purpose of adopting the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

How to obtain a new birth certificate for the child in Lithuania.

After the court’s judgment regarding adoption come into force, the adoptive parents must contact the Civil Registry Department that registered the birth of the child regarding the issuing of a new birth certificate.  The following documents must be submitted to the Civil Registry Department:

  1. Copies of passports of the adoptive parents (translated into Lithuanian and legalized);
  2. A copy of the marriage certificate of the adoptive parents (translated into Lithuanian and legalized);
  3. The original copy of the judgment of Vilnius District Court regarding adoption;
  4. The original copy of the birth certificate of the child.

Either one or both adoptive parents shall fill out the application form regarding the issuing of a new birth certificate for their adopted child.  One or both parents may authorize a third party to contact the Civil Registry Department in order to obtain a new birth certificate for the adopted child.

Lithuanian Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Lithuania. 

A Lithuanian passport may be obtained from any migration office.  The following documents must be submitted to the migration authority:

  1. Original copy of the judgment of Vilnius District Court;
  2. Passports of the adoptive parents;
  3. A copy of the new birth certificate of the child;
  4. The child’s old passport (if he/she has one) or decision regarding Lithuanian citizenship (if necessary).

The application to issue the passport for the child must be signed by at least one of the adoptive parents.  The child must be present while submitting the application to issue the passport for the child.  The fee for regular passport processing, which takes 1 month is 75 LTL; the fee for a five-day turnaround is 200 LTL; and the next-day service the fee is 250 LTL.

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to finalize your application for a U.S. visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania.  After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review of the case, issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, final approval of Form I-800, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa.  This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.  As part of this process, the consular officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage.  Read more about the Medical Examination.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000

For adoptions finalized after the child’s entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child’s entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S.citizenship.

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting. Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

POST-ADOPTION/POST-PLACEMENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

We strongly urge you to comply with Lithuania’s post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process.  Your cooperation will contribute to that country’s history of positive experiences with U.S. citizen parents.

Following the adoption, the accredited adoption agency that represents the adoptive family must provide feedback to the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour consisting of reports about the integration of the adopted child into the family, living conditions, development, health, also pictures and videos; the feedback shall be provided as follows:

  1. Twice a year during the first two years following the adoption;
  2. Once a year for the following two years;
  3. At the request of the service after four years following the adoption.

Information must be detailed and correct.

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Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport
U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy.  The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Lithuania

U.S. citizens may enter Lithuania and stay for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  However, visas may be needed for families stopping in other countries.

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa.  A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit.  Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.  To find information about obtaining a visa for Lithuania, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip
Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.  The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip
When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State.  Enrollment makes it possible to contact you if necessary.  Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Lithuania, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

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After Adoption

POST-ADOPTION RESOURCES

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin.  Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Lithuania 
American Embassy Vilnius
Consular Section
Akmenų 6, LT-03106 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Tel: 370-5-2665600    
Fax: 370-5-2665590 
Email: ConSec@state.gov 
Internet: http://lt.usembassy.gov

Lithuania’s Adoption Authority
State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service 
Ministry of Social Security and Labour
A.Vivulskio  Str. 13
LT-03211 Vilnius
Lithuania
Tel: 370-5-2310928
Fax: 370-5-2310927
Email: info@vaikoteises.lt 
Internet: http://www.vaikoteises.lt/en

Embassy of Lithuania 
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
2622 16th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20009 
Tel: 202-234-5860
Fax: 202-328-0466
Email: amb.us@urm.ltinfo@ltembassyus.org
Internet:  http://usa.mfa.lt/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI  
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: AdoptionUSCA@state.gov 
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 24 Months
L-2 None Multiple 24 Months
M-1 None Multiple 24 Months
M-2 None Multiple 24 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO-7 1 None Multiple 24 Months
O-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 24 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 24 Months
R-2 None Multiple 24 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: GIMIMO LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of birth certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on two-sided, 18 cm/16 cm size, light green colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

 

Death Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: MIRTIES LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of death certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on one side, 14 cm/21 cm size, and light gray colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.  

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: Marriage registration in Civil Registrar Office – 20 euros; in the place of applicant’s own choice – 60 euros.

Document Name: SANTUOKOS LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of marriage certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on two sided, 18 cm/16 cm size, light pink colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 month. The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

 

Divorce Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 6 euros

Document Name: IŠTUOKOS LIUDIJIMAS

Issuing Authority: GYVENTOJŲ REGISTRO TARNYBA PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Style and format of divorce certificates has changed over years. The most recent document is printed on one side, 14 cm/21 cm size, and light blue and pink colour stationery. Document is signed by a local Civil Registrar office Head and sealed with local office stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Head of Civil Registrar Office

Registration Criteria: may be found here.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant may submit an application in person at the nearest local Civil Registrar office or electronically. The list of Civil Registrar Offices may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document is issued in 1 business day.

The Civil Registrar offices issue document duplicates, can make data amendments and changes.

The main Civil Registrar site is https://mepis.vrm.lt/.

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee for one original document.

Document Name:  (City name) APYGARDOS TEISMAS. SPRENDIMAS. LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VARDU

Issuing Authority: Courts of the Republic of Lithuania

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on A4 size white paper. The court seal and signature on the last page of the document.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The document is obtained after the whole adoption process is completed.

Certified Copies Available: Yes, for additional fee which may vary depending on local court policy.

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The child's birth records are amended to reflect the new maternity and paternity information after a court has approved adoption of a child.

 

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Identity Card

National ID Cards
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 4.30 to 31.60 euros depending on applicant’s age and time of issuance

Document Name: ASMENS TAPATYBĖS KORTELĖ

Issuing Authority: ASMENS DOKUMENTŲ IŠRAŠYMO CENTRAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: ID card is made of polycarbonate with embedded contact and contactless chips. All data on the polycarbonate is laser-engraved.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must submit an application in the nearest local migration office. The list of migration offices may be found here.  Applicants residing outside Lithuania may apply at Lithuanian embassies or consulates.

All information how to apply and obtain the document may be found on www.dokumentai.lt .

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: Passport

Exceptions: None

Comments: Identity Card (ID card) is the main document to prove identity and nationality, mandatory for every citizen of the Republic of Lithuania at the age of 16 who is not in possession of a Citizen’s Passport issued prior to 1 January 2003. ID card can be issued to a person who is not 16 years old yet, if necessary. ID card is mandatory inside the country and can be used to travel abroad to countries with which appropriate treaties and agreements have been concluded.

ID card issued to a person at the age of 16 or older is valid for 10 years.

ID card issued to a person who is not 16 yet is valid no longer than 5 years.

For travel to the U.S. the National ID Cards cannot be used, the passports are required.

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records
 

Available/Unavailable:  Available

Fees: may be applicable depending on the issuing office.

Document Name: TEISMO SPRENDIMAS or NUOSPRENDIS or NUTARTIS

Issuing Authority: Courts of the Republic of Lithuania.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on A4 size white paper. The court seal, total number of pages, and signature of the judge is on the last page of the document. Every page stamped with COPY or TRUE COPY seal and signed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge or the archives official

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must apply in the city where the trial took place and the final court decision was made. The records are retrieved from the court’s archives and the applicant obtains a certified copy of the final court decision.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The court records must be translated into English by a sworn translator.

 

Police Certificates
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee if requested once per year. If requested more than once per year, 4 to 8 euros depending on the time and type of the requested issuance.

Document Name: ĮTARIAMŲJŲ, KALTINAMŲJŲ IR NUTEISTŲJŲ REGISTRO IŠRAŠAS APIE FIZINĮ ASMENĮ

Issuing Authority: INFORMATIKOS IR RYŠIŲ DEPARTAMENTAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A-4 format, printed on regular white paper. Name of the issuing authority and name of the document are in capital letters. The Lithuanian Coat of Arms is at the top of the page. The document is signed by the Head (or Deputy Head) of the Criminal Information Department but not necessarily sealed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Head (or Deputy Head) of the Criminal Information Department.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant should follow the instructions how to obtain the document at www.ird.lt and submit the request in person or electronically. When applying in person, the contact information is: Šventaragio g. 2, LT-01510 Vilnius, ph. +370 5 2718473.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: IT and Communications Department issues a similar police certificate called PAŽYMA DĖL ĮTARIAMŲJŲ, KLATINAMŲJŲ IR NUTEISTŲJŲ REGISTRO DUOMENŲ APIE FIZINĮ ASMENĮ. This document cannot serve as a replacement of or an alternative to the required document and will not be accepted for the immigrant visa interview.

Military Records

Military Records
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Issuing Authority: The Military Conscription and Recruitment Department (Karo prievolės komplektavimo tarnyba – KPKT).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: may vary depending on the issuing office.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant has to submit a request to the division where he was registered at the time of being drafted. The list of divisions and contact information may be found here.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: Often people have a military book (voyenniy bilet) where their military service in the Soviet Army is recorded. The book contains information about the length of service and circumstances of discharge. Some applicants may still have these books in their possession.

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: The telephone number for general inquiries is:  +370 800 12340 (toll free) or +370 5 2336469 (paid).

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Passports
 

Available/Unavailable: Available

Fees: 21.50 to 71 euros depending on applicant’s age and time of issuance

Document Name: LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS PASAS

Issuing Authority: ASMENS DOKUMENTŲ IŠRAŠYMO CENTRAS PRIE LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS VIDAUS REIKALŲ MINISTERIJOS

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The main distinctive feature of the new passport – the burgundy red colour of its cover (all former generations had the green cover). The Lithuanian Coat of Arms is in the center of the cover. Visa pages of the passport depict national and ethnic heritage of Lithuania. The passport contains 32 numbered pages plus a polycarbonate data page with laser engraved personal data, face image and signature. The Lithuanian passport incorporate a number of modern security features against counterfeit, forgery, and measures to speed up the process of verification.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must submit an application in the nearest local migration office. The list of migration offices may be found here. Applicants residing outside Lithuania may apply at Lithuanian embassies or consulates.

All information how to apply and obtain the document may be found on www.dokumentai.lt .

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: National ID Card.  For travel to the U.S. the National ID Cards cannot be used, the passports are required.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Passport is a document issued to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, confirming personal identity and is intended for going abroad. Passports of the Republic of Lithuania are valid from the date of issue for 10 years for adult citizens and persons over 16 years, 5 years for persons between 5 and 16 years of age, 2 years for persons below the age of 5 years.  12 months for persons in cases where fingerprints could not be taken due to a non-permanent injury.

Passports issued before 2 January 2008 will remain valid until their expiration date.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information
 

Post Title: Vilnius, Lithuania (Embassy)

Address:   Akmenų 6, LT-03106

                 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone Number: +370 5 2665600

                         +370 5 2665601

E-mail:  ConSec@state.gov

Visa Services: Immigrant and Non-immigrant Visas

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Lithuania.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 234-5860 (202) 328-0466

Chicago, IL (312) 397-0382 (312) 397-0385

New York, NY (212) 354-7840 (212) 354-7911

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lithuania
Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
LT-03106
Telephone
+(370) (5) 266-5600
Emergency
+(370) (5) 266 5500
Fax
+(370) (5) 266-5590
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