Work and travel in Lithuania: International Experience Canada

Fun facts about Lithuania

  • Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania, often referred to as “the second religion of the country”.
  • Vilnius is one of the few European capitals where hot air balloons are allowed to fly.
  • In 1989, French scientists discovered that the geographical center of Europe is just 26 km north of Vilnius.

What Lithuania offers

Lithuania is a secure and safe country and is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the Schengen area. A welcoming country that encourages multilingual and multicultural diversity, Lithuanians embrace all ethnic origins. Although Lithuanian is the official language of the country about 80% of youth speak English.

The climate in Lithuania is mild with an average January temperature of about -5 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius in July. Discover Lithuania’s great outdoors by hiking in one of the National parks, canoeing or kayaking in lakes and rivers, touring the coastal areas by bicycle or taking in the dramatic sand dune views or the sparkling Baltic Sea.

Lithuania’s history dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries and is represented in its art, architecture, folk traditions and cuisine. To experience true cultural Lithuanian cuisine try cepelinai (a mashed potato stuffed with meat), a household favorite alongside šaltibarščiai (a cold beet soup) and skilandis (Lithuanian sausage). Other traditional Lithuanian foods include kugelis, vėdarai and brown rye bread.

With a constantly growing GDP, Lithuania is experiencing major growth and offers great opportunities in the information and financial technology sectors, robotics, biotechnologies, manufacturing, construction and engineering. Lithuanians produce excellent products in laser technology, nanotechnology and orthopedic industries.

Who can apply?

To work in Lithuania through the Youth Mobility Programme, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18-35 years old (inclusive)
  • live in Canada when applying, and
  • have a valid Canadian passport

Other requirements may apply. Check Lithuania’s website for more details.

What type of work visa do I need?

You need to apply for a multiple-entry national (D) visa and a work permit.

This visa has three categories:

Category a

Young Canadians, including post-secondary graduates who want training in Lithuania through a pre-arranged contract of employment (job offer) to support their career development.

Category b

Registered post-secondary students who want to complete part of their academic curriculum in Lithuania through a pre-arranged contract of employment or internship offer. This can include arranged agreements between post-secondary institutions.

Category c (Working Holiday)

Young Canadians who want to travel to Lithuania and work temporarily to help fund their trip.

Do I need a formal job or internship offer?

Yes, you need a job offer (Pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer if you apply to:

  • category a
  • catgory b

No, you don’t need one if you apply to category c.

How long can I stay and work?

You can stay and work in Lithuania for up to 12 months.

You can participate in Lithuania’s Youth Mobility Programme two times. Your second participation must be in a different category.

How do I apply?

You can apply for a multiple-entry (D) visa in person or online to the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ottawa.

To apply for a work permit, you or your employer should contact a Lithuanian labour exchange.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

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