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Schengen Visas

Created: 2014.04.18 / Updated: 2022.01.05 18:31

Important information about visa processing during COVID-19 pandemic:

The visa section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago remains fully operational in regard to all categories of national visas (type D) (travelling to Lithuania for studies, work, etc.). Applications for Schengen visas (type C) for the time being are accepted for essential travelers only.

Regarding Schengen representations, Lithuanian visa posts continue to apply the agreements on the ad hoc basis until further notice.

Therefore, regarding Schengen representation for travels to Switzerland: please be aware that the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago does not issue any travel authorization for cases of special necessity during the validity of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Please send your requests to the competent Swiss representation:

More information about entering Switzerland during COVID-19 pandemic can be found here:

The possibility of gradual opening for the rest of visa applicants is regularly reassessed taking in account the local COVID-19 pandemic status.



Since October 4 th. 2019 applications for short stay  less than 90 days  Schengen Visa to Switzerland, Portugal, Liechtenstein and Lithuania can be submitted at Visa Application Center in Chicago (VFS Services (USA) Inc). Further information can be found on VFS website.

Starting from November 1 st applications for Schengen Visa to Switzerland, Portugal, Liechtenstein and Lithuania can also be submitted at Visa Application Centers in Washington DC, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

What is a Schengen visa

Schengen visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. Schengen visa holder may enter and remain within the Schengen Area without residence permit for up to 90 days over any 180-day period.

The Schengen area is composed of 26 states:

  • 22 EU (European Union) member states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal,  Slovakia, Slovenia,  Spain and Sweden;
  • 4 non-EU states: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Schengen area do not cover the United Kingdom, Ireland and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus.

Lithuania joined Schengen agreement on 21st December 2007. All the short stay visas issued by Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago are Schengen visas.

The Schengen visa and entry regulations are only applicable for a short stay not exceeding 90 days. Rules for a long stay exceeding 90 days are laid down by the National Law of the Member States concerned.


The Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago is competent for examining applications and issuing Schengen visas on behalf of Switzerland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Portugal.

Do you need a Schengen visa

How to apply for Schengen visa

Visa applications must be submitted directly with VFS Global

All applications must be submitted in person the day of the appointment, with no walks-in allowed.

When to apply to Schengen visa 

A complete application must be submitted to the Consulate at least 15 days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than 6 months before the start of the intended visit. Make sure to apply sufficiently in advance.

Processing time of Schengen visa application


Visas cannot be issued on the same day. Expedited visa processing is not applicable.

The decision on the issue of visa shall be made in 15- 30 days, in specific cases up to 60 calendar days.

Family members of EU/EEA/EFTA citizens

Applications of family members of EU/EEA/EFTA citizens are processed with due priority and free of charge.

Schengen Visa procedures  for family members of EU/EFTA Citizens under Directive 2004/38/EC
For a visa to be issued on the basis of Directive 2004/38/EC, the following requirements need to be satisfied:

  1. The visa applicant is a direct “family member” of an EU citizen;
  2. The visa applicant will be travelling with the EU citizen for a visit or permanent move to an EU member state. (If they are going to the “home” country of the EU citizen, then there is a requirement that the EU citizen is/was living/working in a different member state. Please note that EU nationals who have always lived in the country of their nationality are not exercising EU treaty rights. Their family members therefore are not covered by the provisions of Directive 2004/38/EC);
  3. All travellers require a passport (or a national ID card for the EU citizen).

If the family member has a “Residence Card for a family member of an EU citizen”, then they do not require a visa.
Who is a family member of an EU citizen? A family member of an EU citizen is a family member of a citizen of any of the EU/EFTA  state who is:
a. the spouse,
b. the direct descendant of the EU citizen who is under the age of 21 or is dependent, and those of the spouse, living in the common household with the EU citizen,
c. the dependent direct relatives of the EU citizen in the ascending line and those of the  spouse, or living in the common household with the EU citizen;
Visa Requirements

  1. completed and signed application form for a Schengen visa;
  2. travel document valid for at least three months after departing from the Schengen Area;
  3. one passport size photograph;
  4. documents confirming the identity of an EU citizen and the family relationship with the applicant (the original marriage certificate, the birth certificate or other applicable certificate with official translation into English);
  5. proof of travelling to Lithuania together with family member of the EU citizen.

The submission of visa application form is free of charge for family members of EU nationals.

Who can apply for a Schengen visa to Lithuania at the Consulate of Lithuania in Chicago

In order to apply for a short stay Schengen to Lithuania applicants must be legal residents of USA

Who can apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal

In order to apply for short term Schengen visas to Portugal applicant must be legal residents of Illinois. Residents of other states please consult with the Embassy of Portugal in Washington DC.

Who can apply for a Schengen visa to Switzerland

In order to apply for a Tourism, Business and Visit short stay Schengen visa to Switzerland applicants must be legal residents of one of the following States in USA: Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), North Dakota (ND), Ohio (OH), South Dakota (SD), Wisconsin (WI).


 Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago is not competent to handle applications for:

  • short stay bussines visas to Switzerland linked to a gainful activity;
  • short stay Schengen visas to Switzerland for medical purposes;
  • short stay Schengen visas to Switzerland for the official purposes, including attendance of international conferences;
  • short stay Schengen visas lodged by citizens of certain countries. List is transmited by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania;
  • short stay visa with limited territorial validity (LTV) (except when linked to Art. 25 (3) of the Visa Code);
  • short stay visa filled by holders of diplomatic, service or special passports who are not citizens of USA.
  • citizens of
    • United States of America
    • State of Eritrea
    • the Republic of Iraq
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Federal Republic of Somalia
  • visa for which an authorization has been given directly in Switzerland
  • stays over 90 days (visa type D)
  • gainful activity (including chauffeurs and journalists)
  • medical purposes
  • official purpose, including attendance at international conferences
  • visa with limited territorial validity (except when linked to art. 25 (3) of the Visa Code)”
  • Please be informed that for work visa you need to apply directly via Switzerland authorities.

    Please, follow the instructions on their website.

Submission of the application for Schengen visa

At the time of submission of visa application, the applicant must appear in person and allow the collection of his/her 10-digit fingerprints.

Exemptions from the requirement to give fingerprints:

  • for children under the age of 12;
  • persons for whom fingerprints is physically impossible;
  • heads of State or Government and members of a National government, the members of their official delegation;
  • sovereigns and other senior members of royal family.

Requirements for documents


Please read this important announcement before preparing your visa application package.

  • All visa applicants must know that each visa application package must include the original of each document and their photocopies, as listed on the website;
  • All visa application packages presented will be carefully examined by our visa officer. However, we wish to draw you attention that if you do not submit all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies) the visa will be denied. No exemption will be made. For that reason we do advise you to prepare your visa application package very carefuly in order to avoid any delays.

Lists of supporting documents


For other purposes please contact and apply to Switzerland Embassy in Washington DC or to the Switzerland Consulates in USA depending of your place of residence in USA.

Visa fees

Visa fees vary depending on the Euro-US Dollar exchange rate. Please always check them here.

Please note that if an applicant wants to receive their passport back by mail, they have to bring a prepaid UPS OR USPS envelope.


Grounds for refusing to issue of Schengen visa

An alien shall be refused a visa if:

  • a false/counterfeit/forged travel document was presented;
  • justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided;
  • does not provide proof of sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which he is certain to be admitted, or is not in a position to acquire such means lawfully;
  • has already stayed for three months during the current six-month period on the territory of the Member States on the basis of a uniform visa or a visa with limited territorial validity;
  • is a person for whom an alert has been issued in the SIS for the purpose of refusing entry;
  • is considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health as defined in Article 2(19) of the Schengen Borders Code or to the international relations of any of the Member States, in particular where an alert has been issued in Member States’ national databases for the purpose of refusing entry on the same grounds; or
  • does not provide proof of holding adequate and valid travel medical insurance, where applicable; or
  • if there are reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of the supporting documents submitted by the applicant or the veracity of their contents, the reliability of the statements made by the applicant or his intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for.

The reason of refusal is notified by the consul using the established Refusal form. Notification on the reason for refusal can be obtained at the consulate only by applicant in person.

Right to appeal

Applicants who have been refused a visa shall have the right to appeal. Appeals are conducted against the Member State that has taken the final decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State.

Decision to refuse, annul or revoke a visa might be appealed in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Administrative Proceedings to the Vilnius District Administrative Court within 14 days from a day of service of a decision.

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