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Employment in Lithuania

From March 1st, 2022, new legal procedures are in force, aimed at facilitating more favourable conditions for Ukrainian refugees looking to live and work in Lithuania.

1. “Startuok” Loan Facility - interest rates lower by one-third

The Ministry of Economy and Innovation has prepared amendments to the "Startuok" loan facility, which allows Ukrainian citizens and businesses wishing to set up in our country to receive interest rates lower by one-third for business start-ups or working capital.

The “Startuok” facility offers a loan of up to €3 million for up to 10 years and up to €200,000 for working capital for up to 3 years.

The loan is open to small and medium-sized enterprises that:

  • have been in business for no more than three years from the date of registration of the company or individual activity;
  • are carrying out social impact projects and have been operating for no more than five years from the date of the establishment or the date of registration of individual activity;
  • are established in Lithuania as from February 24, 2022 at the earliest, and whose owner (or shareholder, member or joint owner) is a Ukrainian citizen with a Lithuanian residence permit or a Ukrainian legal entity, and has been operating for no more than five years from the date of registration of the company or individual activity;
  • operates in Lithuania or another EU Member State;
  • meets the minimum criteria of a reliable taxpayer;
  • is not a company in bankruptcy, restructurisation or liquidation;
  • is not a company that has been experiencing difficulties and has submitted to the Centre of Registers a set of financial statements for the last year.

Loans are administered and provided by "Investicijų ir verslo garantijos, UAB" (INVEGA)

More information on the “Startuok“ Facility can be found here.

Applications can be submitted by filling in the application form on INVEGA's website.

 

2. Subsidy measure “Subsidies for jobs created by the Ukrainian business entities in the Republic of Lithuania” 

The purpose of this measure is to help ensure business continuity for those Ukrainian businesses that may operate from the territory of another country.

  • Under this measure, a Ukrainian legal entity setting up a company in Lithuania would receive a one-off subsidy of EUR 10,000 and for the creation of one new job – a subsidy of EUR 5,000. The total amount envisages to be allocated for subsidies is up to EUR 2 million.

The applicant may be a legal entity registered in Lithuania not earlier than 24 February 2022 by a Ukrainian business entity operating for more than one year. One applicant may receive a subsidy for the creation of a maximum of 10 jobs intended for the performance of the main economic activity of the applicant:

  • the applicant is not subject to bankruptcy or restructuring proceedings;
  • the applicant has not received any subsidies for the creation of jobs in Lithuania from other state or municipal budgets;
  • the applicant’s shareholders and board members are not on any list of persons subject to any sanctions of the United Nations, the European Union, Lithuania, the United States of America or other sanctions.
  • the applicant undertakes to create not less than 10 jobs intended for the performance of the main economic activity not later than 1 November this year.

The measure will be administered by Invest Lithuania.

From July 1, Lithuania will reimburse the costs of attracting the missing highly qualified specialists.

The Seimas approved the amendments to the Law on Employment prepared by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, according to which one-time benefits are granted to highly qualified specialists, as well as to companies employing them.

It is envisaged that the one-time compensation to cover a part of the relocation costs for an employee coming to Lithuania will amount to about 3 thousand. EUR (4.1 MMA). Companies are reimbursed for the costs of finding highly qualified employees abroad – up to 5.2 thousand. EUR (7.1 MMA).

An initiative of the Ministry of Economy and Innovation allows you to work in Lithuania remotely and pay your taxes in Ukraine. 

  • With an employment contract

If you work remotely from Lithuania on a work contract in Ukraine, you pay taxes to Ukraine.

Ukrainian residents will not be liable to pay income tax in Lithuania on wages received for work in Lithuania from a Ukrainian company or another foreign company not established in Lithuania. 

  • Self-employed

A Ukrainian resident who had been running his freelance services in Ukraine and paying taxes there, but who came to Lithuania due to the war situation in Ukraine and continues his freelancer services in Lithuania following the contracts he had entered into in Ukraine with his clients before he arrived in Lithuania, i.e. he does not enter into any new contracts in Lithuania, continues to pay tax in Ukraine.

 

For more information, you can contact State Tax Inspectorate by phone at 1882 or +370 5260 5060 (For consultations in English press 9, in Russian press 8)

You can start working:

  • if you have a biometric passport, you can start working immediately. You do not need a work permit;
  • if you do not have a biometric passport, you will be able to start working after registering with the Migration Department (department or registration center). You do not need a work permit.

The main job search portals in Lithuania will now filter their job advertisements according to whether the job is suitable for Ukrainian war refugees staying in Lithuania.

Sources to look for job opportunities:

  1. Lithuanian Employment Service
  2. Work in Lithuania
  3. CVonline
  4. CVmarket
  5. CVbankas
  6. SCOBO app

Information on labour relations is provided by the State Labour Inspectorate under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour. All relevant information is available on the website: https://www.vdi.lt/.

If you have any questions regarding the terms and provisions of your employment contract, remuneration, health and safety or any other employment-related issues, please feel free to contact us:

  • for advice by phone (8 5) 213 9772 (for international calls +370 5 213 9772);
  • by e-mail: [email protected];
  • by private message on Facebook (State Labour Inspectorate);
  • mobile app ŽINOK TEISES (Eng. Know Your Rights);
  • in person at the Institution's territorial divisions (contact http://www.vdi.lt/Personalas/Index).

Register and ask questions at the Employment Service, tel.: +370 661 10885, 1883 or email [email protected], also:
+370 658 26 755 Vilnius
+370 658 25 471 Kaunas
+370 672 28 204 Jonava
+370 618 07 602 Alytus
+370 658 24 346 Klaipėda
+370 610 38 727 Panevėžys
+370 616 46 608 Šiauliai
+370 614 00 179 Marijampolė

For more information, visit: www.uzt.lt/ua.

Citizens of Ukraine may engage in independent commercial, productive, creative or professional activities in Lithuania. There are two types of activities that can be selected: individual activities based on a certificate or with a business certificate. More information click here.

Ukrainian citizens that enjoy visa-free travel or hold a valid Schengen visa, as well as those who have obtained a national visa or temporary residence permit issued on humanitarian grounds in Lithuania, have the right to work and are exempt from the obligation to acquire a work permit.

After arriving and receiving humanitarian status, citizens of Ukraine can immediately start working in the same way as Lithuanian citizens. There are no requirements for any additional documents. Employer will check the qualifications of employees. Humanitarian status is granted within 1 month.

Upon arrival from Poland in Lithuania, Ukrainian nationals and their family members should register at one of the Registration Centres operating in Lithuania.

Once a foreigner has been registered, he or she will receive detailed information about the possibilities of staying in Lithuania and will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit or a national visa for humanitarian reasons. No state levy will be charged for examining applications for a national visa or a temporary residence permit. Moreover, refugees from Ukraine will have the right to emergency medical care and other necessary personal health care.

Those who do not have a place of residence will be taken to temporary accommodation.

In order to be employed, citizens of Ukraine that are visiting Lithuania as tourists have to comply with the legal requirements of arrival and employment in Lithuania. Procedures regarding the employment of non-EU citizens can be found on the website of the Migration Department.

Yes. After arriving and receiving a temporary residence permit on the grounds of humanitarian status, Ukrainian citizens may register as self-employed and receive a self-employment certificate form the State Tax Inspectorate (STI).

To access STI services, please visit STI service units. Pre-registration for a visit is required through the online STI registration system. If you cannot register online, please reserve a time slot for your visit by calling +370 5 2191 777.

More information on types of professions and the recognition of professional qualifications in Lithuania can be found here.

For more information on financial services in Lithuania for war refugees from Ukraine click here.

Last updated: 30-05-2022