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Lithuania Streamlines Foreign Worker Hiring, Increases Quota

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Lithuania Streamlines Foreign Worker Hiring, Increases Quota

Lithuania, the largest economy among the Baltic states, has unveiled a significant shift in its employment policy pertaining to third-country nationals, a move aimed at making it more straightforward for employers to hire foreign workers in professions plagued by shortages. Under the new policy, employers are exempt from seeking approval from the Employment Service for the issuance of work permits or decisions on job suitability until one month prior to the year's end.

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Increasing Quotas for Foreign Workers

In an attempt to address labor shortages in key sectors, Lithuania has hiked the annual quota for third-country nationals from 35,950 to 40,250 positions for the current year. The lion's share of this quota has been allocated to the services sector, with 62.4%, followed by construction at 24.4%, industry at 12.5%, and a meager 0.7% dedicated to agriculture.

The increase of 4,300 units in the quota is strategically distributed across different economic sectors. The services sector has been given a substantial boost up to 25,100 positions. The construction sector follows with an increase to 9,800 positions. The industry sector also received a substantial boost, with its quota rising to 5,050, while the agriculture sector saw its quota reduced to a mere 300 positions.

Role of Employment Agencies

The employment agencies in Lithuania stand to play a crucial role in implementing this new policy. Known for offering a gamut of services, ranging from job matching to visa assistance, these agencies are poised to make the international hiring process more streamlined and efficient. As Lithuania continues to grow its economy and attracts foreign talent, the role of these agencies will become even more prominent.

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