According to the Article 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, every citizen of the Union shall have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down in the Treaties and by the measures adopted to give them effect. These restrictions and conditions are, among others, set out in Directive 2004/38 / EC13 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States. If applicants meet the status of a family member of an EU citizen as laid down in the Directive, visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania will give them every opportunity to obtain the required visa and provide them with the best conditions to obtain it*, including:
• no visa fee;
• visas are issued as soon as possible (the processing of a visa application for more than 15 days can only be exceptional and duly justified), and an appointment should be made on more favourable conditions than for other third-country nationals;
• a limited list of supporting documents (a proof that there is an EU citizen, from whom certain rights are derived, that the visa applicant is a member of the family of such an EU citizen and that the person applying for a visa accompanies the EU citizen in the host Schengen Member State, or joins him or her there).
* The same conditions also apply to family members of a national of an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) Member State.