The latest on the Lithuanian dual citizenship

February 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm 13 comments

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As the BNS reminded President Valdas Adamkus would be in favour of holding a referendum on dual citizenship and plans to authorize the Seimas to create in its spring session a new edition of the Citizenship Law, as drafted by his appointed task force.

After the meeting of the group with the Seimas Board the Presidential spokeswoman Grumadaite said: “The president requested the Seimas Board to mull the new draft Citizenship Law so as to vouchsafe a more clear and consistent legal regulation of citizenship, expand and better define cases when a Lithuanian citizen can simultaneously become that of another state. (…) The president would back the Seimas should it decide to hold a referendum and change Article 12 of the Constitution, thus legitimizing dual citizenship for all applicants”.

As the BNS writes the legal experts last week presented the president with a draft Citizenship Law drawn up by his appointed task force. The bill provisions a move to introduce and regulate a Lithuanian Charter document by Sept 30 and draft respective acts of law.

“I would like to remind that the new draft bill provisions that all Lithuanian citizens, who were exiled from Lithuania or left the country on their own will from 1919 to March 11 of 1990, as well as a few generations of their progeny get to retain Lithuanian citizenship. Persons, who for various reasons left Lithuania after March 11 of 1990 and chose to become citizens of another state, automatically lose their Lithuanian citizenship. However, their children, born abroad, retain the right to dual citizenship, i.e. that of Lithuania and another country”, Grumadaite explained.

Members of the Seimas Board were not unanimous on dual citizenship prospects.

As the Deputy Seimas Spokeswoman Degutiene, the Conservative said: “There is a joint Seimas commission with the American Lithuanian Community, and, naturally, it is necessary to first sit down with representatives of the emigrant community in order to reach a legal discourse”.

The Baltic Times write that Degutiene said reactions to the bill from the emigrant community are grounded on emotions and interpretations because they are yet to see any documents. “We will see whether the emigrant community, all of it, finds in favour of the new edition, or, in case something is askew, we can amend it. Should we fail to reach such an agreement, then, of course, we will have to go about it by holding a referendum. This would be the alternative route,” she said.

Degutiene also voiced concerns over the planned referendum on the issue that will coincide with the presidential elections this year, saying Lithuanian émigrés might not want it.

It needs to be reminded that a change to the constitution can only be made via referendum.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Lithuania, Northern Europe, USA.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kris  |  March 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    My boyfriend is from Lithuania, where he was born. recently he lives in USa for 7 years already. Can he apply for USA citizenship or not?
    What is going to happen if he will and then he will have 2 citizenships-Lithuania and American?
    Please respond as quick as possible

    • 2. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  March 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

      Hi there,

      I am not a specialist on this issue, you should contact the Migration Department of Lithuanian

      However, from what I understand if your boyfriend will acquire the USA nationality he will loose his Lithuanian nationality. He could retain his Lithuanian passport only in special circumstances.

      Still, I think you should contact the department for further explanation.

      Best regards,

  • 3. Lauri  |  April 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Both my grandparents came to USA around 1900 from Lithuania. I have documentation. I have visited relatives in Vilnius. Will I be able to keep my US citizenship and claim a Lithuanian citizenship?

    • 4. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  April 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm

      Hi there,

      It sounds that you would not comply for the double nationality. However, as I mentioned above you better contact the Migration Office in Lithuania, or even better the Lithuanian embassy’s consular section in Washington. They would be able to provide you with answers.

      Best regards,

    • 5. Phil  |  September 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

      I am in the same situation as you. My grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Taurage in 1914 when Lithuania was still under Russian control. His U.S. Naturalization Certificate of Entry is dated 1940, while my mother was born in the U.S. in 1937.

      I am interested in possibly immigrating to Lithuania, but do not know if this is possible. Any information you could share would be appreciated.



  • 6. lisa kirby  |  April 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I would like to return to my home land lithuania. My grand mother was born ther. my mother was born in Chicago and I was born in chicago.I have a 3 yr old son that i would like to bring with me . that is my home and I do not like it here. How do I start the process of citenship. Most of my reletives are buried at the cashmir cemetary in Chicago. I do have my grandmothers port of entry or green card she was never declared a u.s. citenez

    I would really like to go back Lisa

    • 7.  |  June 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      You might be eligible to get Lithuanian dual citizenship if your grandparents left Lithuania after 1940. If they left before you might be also eligible for Lithuanian citizenship, but you might have to renounce your other citizenship. You can contact us on or jonas (a) and we evaluate the eligibility.

  • 8. Pranas  |  June 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Where will not be Lithuanians soon. All who emigrated will take foreign country citizenship and will never come back (with such restrictions)

  • 9. Elisabeth  |  September 25, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I recently saw an article that makes it sound like dual citizenship will only be for those whose ancestors left after 1940 and before 1990. Is that correct?

    • 10. Elisabeth  |  September 25, 2009 at 12:29 am

      It appeared that the 1940 date was based upon the time of Soviet rule.

  • 11. Eva  |  December 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm


    My mother is married and lives in USA already for 8 yeras, and in 2010 she is taking USA citizen exam to get USA citizenship. She doesn’t want to refuse her Lithuanian citizenship, does she has an opportunity to have also USA and Lithuanian citizenship?

    Thank you for help!

  • 12. MD.shahed hasan sagor  |  February 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i am from bangladesh and now i am living in london but my girlfriend is from lithuania and now she wants me to go and live in lithuania,if i marry her would i get the citizenship of lithuania?if not what i have to do for getting the citizenship

  • 13. odeta  |  August 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    hi ,
    i am eligible for a british citizenship and i am lithuanian. and i want to know that can i have a dual citizenship because i want keep my lithuanian citizenship but i want to apply for british passport.

    thanking you,



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