Previously the Latin alphabet letters “W”, “Q” and “X” (that are not used in Lithuanian alphabet) were not allowed on the names and surnames of the new citizens of Lithuania. Thus these letters were substituted according to the pronunciation to conform the grammatical rules of Lithuanian language (thus ‘w’ would be substituted with ‘v’; ‘q’ would be substituted with ‘kv’; ‘x’ would be substituted with ‘ks’).Request a free consultation
Since June 2021, this legal practice is revoked and now all new applications are processed and granted with the original spelling (i.e. using “w”, “q” and “x”) on the names and surnames of the new citizens of the Republic of Lithuania.
Good news is that the original name and surnames spelling can now also be arranged for those citizens of the Republic of Lithuania (thus the same applies for you and your family members) whose ancestral Lithuanian citizenship applications were granted prior to the above explained legal practice change. Unfortunately, this is not an automatic effect as changes of the personal data of each individual would have to be processed officially at the Population Register of the Republic of Lithuania. After these personal data changes procedures would be completed, simply the new Lithuanian passport with the original spelling of your name and surname would have to be ordered.