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Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania

Created: 2018.03.08

Loss of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania on acquiring citizenship of another state

Loss of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania on acquiring citizenship of another state is one of the ways of losing the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania established in subparagraphs 2 of Article 24 of Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter – Law on Citizenship).

Subparagraph 1 of Article 26 of the Law on Citizenship establishes that a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who has acquired citizenship of another state shall lose citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania from the date of the acquisition of citizenship of another state, except for persons who, pursuant to subparagraphs 1-5 and 7 of Article 7 of this Law on Citizenship, may be citizens of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time, i.e. for persons:

  • •who have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and citizenship of another state at birth (subparagraph 1) ;
  • • who were exiled from the occupied Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state also those who are their descendants (subparagraphs 2 and 4)
  • •who fled the Republic of Lithuania before 11 March 1990 and acquired citizenship of another state also those who are their descendants (subparagraphs 3 and 4);
  • •who by virtue of marriage to a citizen of another state they have ipso facto acquired citizenship of that state (subparagraph 5);
  • •who are persons under 21 years of age, provided they, being citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, were adopted by citizens (citizen) of another state before reaching 18 years of age and, as a result of the adoption, acquired citizenship of that state (subparagraph 7). 

Subparagraph 2 of Article 26 of the Law on Citizenship establishes a duty for the citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, who has acquired citizenship of another state, within two months from the date of the acquisition of citizenship of another state, to notify in writing an institution authorized by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania or Territorial Police Office based on person’s place of residence in the Republic of Lithuania), or a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania thereof.

The issue of loss of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania on acquiring citizenship of another state for children under 18 years of age and legally incapable persons is considered based on the notification on acquiring citizenship of another state, provided by their representatives.

In the notification the citizen of the Republic of Lithuania indicates the information on when (s)he acquired the citizenship and from which country, also whether there are (are not) conditions established in subparagraphs 1-5 and 7 of Article 7 of this Law on Citizenship, based on which a person may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time.

Together with a notification a person shall attach:

  1. 1.copy of a document proving the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;
  2. 2.document proving the acquiring of citizenship of another state, or its copy;
  3. 3.documents proving that there is at least one of the conditions specified in subparagraphs 1-5 or 7 of Article 7 of this Law, where a person may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time.

In such cases when a notification is sent with registered mail or through a courier, a signature of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, who signed a notification and copies accompanying this notification, must be confirmed by a notary.

Documents issued in foreign countries must be legalized and confirmed with a note (Apostille), unless otherwise established by the international treaties of the Republic of Lithuania and legal acts of the European Union, as well as be translated into Lithuania.               

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