Work in Lithuania for international students

For EU citizens, the process of employment in Lithuania is quite simple. Those arriving from non-EU countries must go through certain procedures.

Non-EU students willing to work during their studies in Lithuania must obtain a Temporary Residence Permit and can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies. No additional work permits are required. PhD students can work full-time.

After graduation, non-EU students can apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for 12 additional months for a job search and self-employment purposes. During these 12 additional months no additional work permit is required from the recent graduates.

Later, if employment in Lithuania continues, graduate should timely apply to renew his/her Temporary Residence Permit on the grounds of Employment contract and obtain a work permit from the territorial Employment Services office. In order to obtain a Work Permit either and Employer or a graduate himself can apply. For more information contact territorial Employment Services office:

More information related to legal stay in Lithuania, social guarantees, health care, work and employment is provided in the Migration information centre (MIC) “I Choose Lithuania”. Here you  can also get a consultation in Lithuanian, English or German languages, and they are free of charge. You can find more information on “I Choose Lithuania” here: