Lithuanians are one of the ethnic groups in the Baltic region. While Lithuania has a population of about 2 944 459 people, there are at least another million living in other countries, with Lithuanians generally located in the USA, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The native language is Lithuanian, one of two living Baltic languages. An interesting fact about the language is that as far back as the beginning of the 19th century people noticed that Lithuanian was very similar to Sanskrit. Linguists around the world are still fascinated that the Lithuanian language has retained features of this ancient language and it hasn’t really simplified much.
Many Lithuanians are multilingual; two-thirds of the population declare that they are able to speak at least two foreign languages. This exceeds the average of the European Union by several times. According to the data from Eurostat, 66.1 per cent of the population of Lithuania, aged 25 – 64, can speak two or more foreign languages, 31.5 per cent can speak one foreign language, and a mere 2.5 per cent of the population cannot speak any foreign languages. The foreign languages people speak most are English and Russian.
According to data from the 2011 census, 84,2 per cent of the population of Lithuania consider themselves to be Lithuanians, 6.6 per cent are Polish, 5.8 per cent are Russians, 1.2 per cent are Belarusians and 1.1 per cent represent other nations. In terms of religion, most Lithuanians are Roman Catholic.
So, how should you make conversation with Lithuanians who speak the oldest living Indo-European language?
Lithuanians are sometimes called the northern Italians, referring to our warm sensual nature. You won’t necessarily have to speak Lithuanian, unless you really want to, because Lithuanians are among the most educated people in Central and Eastern Europe and are fluent in many languages. We recommend that you check out some of the things and the people our country is famous for throughout the world.
National visa (D) for Students.
With this visa, you will be granted entry into Lithuania and you will be permitted to remain in the country for longer than three months. A National visa may be single entry or multiple entries and will be issued for a period not exceeding one year.
A National visa for a single entry (D) is issued to a foreign national who has been granted a temporary residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania.
A National visa for a multiple entry (D) is issued if:
you are a foreign national (non-EU) student arriving in the Republic of Lithuania for studies according to international student exchange programmes or the student exchange programmes drawn up by a Higher Education institution operating in the Republic of Lithuania and a foreign Higher Education institution.
you are a foreign national (non-EU) student admitted to study at a Higher Education institution registered and operating in the Republic of Lithuania.
In order to obtain a national visa, a student must provide these documents:
a valid travel document, whose period of validity must be at least three months longer than the period of validity of a Schengen visa requested to be issued. It must contain at least two empty pages and must be issued within the past ten years;
a completed application of the established form for the issuance of a national visa, which you can find here;
one 35 x 45 colour photo corresponding the person’s age;
a valid document confirming possession of medical insurance for an amount of 5792,40 Eur;
a document certifying that (s)he is in possession of adequate means of subsistence and (or) receive regular income to survive in the Republic of Lithuania and has enough resources to return to the country of origin or foreign country to which he has a right to travel. A sufficient level of subsistence funds for a foreign student and for a minor foreign national it amounts to 0.5 of the minimum monthly wage for one month. A sufficient level of return funds amounts to 1 minimum monthly wage. These documents should be translated into Lithuanian or another language specified by a civil servant of the visa service;
an application by the inviting establishment, undertaking or organisation of the Republic of Lithuania for the issuance of a multiple entry national visa. This application is addressed to a visa office which the alien is going to apply to for the issuance of the visa.
This visa is usually issued in 15 days, unless additional consultations or meetings are required.
You can find more information here.
- See more at: http://www.studyinlithuania.lt/en/how_to_apply/permitsandvisas/nationalvisad#sthash.zr9M2CX8.dpuf