I can potentially obtain Lithuanian citizenship from my great grandparents , f I can find the correct documents. I seek to obtain dual citizenship (Lithuania , USA) . I have been discussing my options with legal experts . If I am unable to receive dual citizenship , I would not be opposed to the 5 year residence permit in Lithuania. This option was mentioned in various emails. I am curious. What is Vilnius like ? Has anyone experienced the Lithuanian tech scene?
I’ve tried to bootstrap there when they gave residence permits easily. With their latest stunt - no more residence permit unless you hire 3 people full time - Lithuania committed suicide as a tech startup scene. Pity, because there actually was some life.
Vilnius can be very different depending on what you look for. However, I doubt Lithuania is able to control if you actually live there. That’s because controlling you means work, and that’s what nobody there wants to do.
Hey @jasonmwomack, Lithuania doesn’t allow dual citizenship (as a Lithuanian, I really don’t see any acceptable reason for that, but…), so you would have to give up US citizenship, in order to get the Lithuanian one.
Regarding the tech scene, over the past five years it has changed a lot. A lot of international companies are moving their IT and Service centres to Lithuania: one of the biggest ones is Barclays IT, employing more than 1,500 people. The startups ecosystem is booming too - some of the big names are Vinted, Trafi, TransferGo, CGTrader or YPlan (founded by two Lithuanians). The ecosystem is still young, so most of the startups are just making their first steps, but that makes it really interesting.
Also, many IT professionals, especially game developers, are moving from the East to Lithuania. There are many high-quality IT specialists in Lithuania, but the demand is even greater with new companies coming and opening up here.
And regarding Vilnius, it’s not a metropolis but I find it very cozy and the old-town is just gorgeous. There are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can hang out. It’s exceptionally beautiful between May and September, but can be quite rough in winter (temparature getting below 20-25’C).
I hope that helps!
Thanks for the info The country recently made some changes to the immigration policy. Check this link outhttp://www.manopasas.com/#!but/cyr1
Are there many English speakers ?
@jasonmwomack The tech in Lithuania is starting to pick, but it’s still in the early stages so it’s hard to say if it will boom or die slowly (so far it’s picking up the pace).
With English speakers it would depend with who you’re talking. It shouldn’t be hard to speak in English with young people as most of them should know English. I would say that getting around using English should be easier than for example in Spain.
There are co-working spaces and locations can be beautiful. Thought the winters can be harsh (depends on the winter).
Klaipeda is also a good city, a lot less to do (especially in winter), but if lying on the beach is your thing in warm weather it’s great place to be. Some companies actually move their developers in winter, because it’s cold, nothing to do, so it’s possible to do a lot of productive work
Oh right, wouldn’t give up your USA citizenship, but if you get the dual Lithuanian one think it’s worth to do it (should make traveling around Europe a lot easier), but only if you can have both.