Being ranked highly in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index, the nation has several regulations that make it easier for people to start a business or take part in other business activities. To promote foreign investment and business, apart from the Lithuania Business visa, the Lithuanian government has even started a ‘start-up’ visa for entrepreneurs.
Issued for individuals entering Lithuania for the purpose of taking part in business-related activities, the permit is a subcategory of the Schengen C visa. Also known as the Lithuania Schengen business visa, it is issued as a single entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry type. However, nationals of other Schengen nations and from the visa-exempt countries do not require a permit to enter Lithuania.
To apply for a business permit, you must do it online. However, the submission has to be done offline at the embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in New Delhi, or one of the VACs located across India. Before starting the application, you must check if you are eligible to travel to the country on business. After this, proceed to obtain all the documents necessary for the process. You may make the application as follows -
Note that if you have submitted your biometrics for a Schengen VIS (Visa Information System) in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. Keep in mind that you must submit genuine documents and information. Providing fake documents and false information can get your application rejected. Visa rejection is a serious issue and can affect your future travel plans.
To be able to apply for this category permit, you must meet the following conditions. If you are not eligible, you must not apply for this. You may then apply for the category you are eligible for.
As per the requirements, the following are the list of documents you must submit for a successful -
Proof of occupation such as employment letter, Copy of business license, etc
Financial documents such as bank statements of the past 3 months, Passbook copy, ITR, etc.
The time taken to process the application is dependent on several factors. Some of these include the entry type, the stay duration and validity, volume of application at the embassy, you previous travel history, and so on. Due to the fact that you cannot estimate the exact time taken, it is suggested that you apply well in advance to avoid any complications.
The fees for the business permit depends on the biometric charges, the entry type, as well as any other fees levied by the VAC. It may also vary depending upon the currency rates. As a result, you must check the exact fees before starting the application.
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6720.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6720.0|
Post the submission, your application will begin processing. The processing is done by the embassy. Even if you have submitted the application at the VAC, they have no control over any aspect of the processing. The VAC solely collects the applications and then forward them to the VAC. If approved, you may collect your application directly from the VAC, or have it delivered to you for an additional charge.
Once your application has been submitted, you can begin tracking it. You can visit https://www.vfsvisaonline.com/Global-Passporttracking/Track and enter your reference number and date of birth to know the status. Alternately, you can contact the travel agent through whom you have applied for the visa.
Once you are in possession of this permit, you must keep in mind the following points to ensure that you do not face any difficulties throughout your journey.
It is not possible to extend the Lithuanian business permit under normal conditions. Being a type of the Schengen, these are non-extendable. However, in certain extreme cases such as a Force Majeure, or other humanitarian reasons, you may be granted an extension. In all other cases, you must leave the country.
Once you have expired your permit, you must not stay back any longer in the country. As per the rules, you are expected to leave before the date of expiry. Staying back after this is considered as an offence. In most cases, you will get deported. And in some cases, you may even be banned from entering the Schengen zone again.
Being a type of the short term category, this permit is issued only for a duration of 90 days. As a result, there are no medical test requirements. However, longer visa categories may require medical reports. In either case, it is suggested that you get a medical checkup done before travelling to a foreign country.
No, it is not possible to convert the business visa into a work permit. Also, you are not allowed to work while you are on a business or any other Schengen short term category. If you do require a work permit, you must apply for one once you are back in your home country.
Yes, you are free to travel and perform business in other Schengen nations as long as you meet their requirements. However, you may not visit all the European countries. You can only enter the European countries that are part of the Schengen. There are a few exceptions to this in that certain non-Schengen countries will allow you to visit them. Eg;- Croatia.