Guide about relocation to Luxembourg

Parent Category: ROOT Published: Monday, 23 November 2020 Print
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Immigration to Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe in both size and population. Despite its small size, it is home to one of the most diverse expat communities in the world.

This country also boasts of having one of the strongest economies in Europe. It’s no wonder a lot of people are choosing to migrate to this European country for business and leisure. 

As a resident, you’ll enjoy a very high standard of living, low crime rate, and doing business in a very developed economy. Just in case you didn’t know, the quality of life in this European country is exceptional and it offers the highest minimum wages in the world.

All these benefits are offered by the state to all citizens and legal residents. If you plan on immigrating for Luxembourg there’s a lot of this you should know especially if you are not an EU national.

In this guide, we’ll be walking you through everything you need to know before you can legally migrate to Luxembourg. If you plan to migrate to Luxembourg legally, everything you need to know from immigration requirements to cost of immigration is covered in this guide.

 

Immigration eligibilities

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Not every foreigner needs a visa to enter the country. Some individuals can enter the country without any special travel documents. Being a member of the Schengen Area, Schengen visa holders can migrate to the country and stay for up to 90 days for both tourism and business

EU citizens and nationals of some third countries are also allowed to migrate and stay in the country for up to three months as long as they possess a valid identity card or passport. 

If you want to extend their stay, you must be employed by a company, be self-employed, be enrolled in a public/private educational institution, or have sufficient resources to not be a burden on the social security system. 

If you meet any of the requirements, you can apply and obtain a registration certificate at any administration communale [local authority offices].

Most non-EU nationals must possess a travel visa before they can immigrate to the country for a short visit. They must also possess a work permit if they plan to migrate for employment purposes. Most of these visas are valid for just 90 days.

If you plan to stay for more than 90 days, you should apply for a temporary residence permit from the immigration ministry before they travel to Luxembourg

Your temporary residence permit replaces the typical work permit and serves both as both residence and a work permit. On arrival, you must also obtain an arrival certificate at any administration communale [local authority offices] near you.

Visa application fees will not be charged for children under the age of 6, third-country researchers carrying out scientific research, representatives of non-profit making organizations, family members of an EU/EEA national, and students/teachers on educational study trips.

 

Types of visas

There are two types of visas available to Non-EU nationals: short-stay visas (C) and long-stay visas (D).

 

Short-stay visas (Visa C)

Non-EU nationals that plan to stay in Luxembourg for less than 90 days within 6 months for family visitation or tourism must apply for a short-stay visa (C).  

This travel document does not give its applicant the right to carry out a business transaction or paid activity in Luxembourg but allows him to stay anywhere in the country for more than 90 days. 

The applicant must submit a completed application form at any Luxembourg diplomatic embassy, consulate, or mission in their country of residence or the embassy.

 

Long-stay visa (Visa D)

Long stay visas, on the other hand, allows the beneficiary to stay more than 90 days in the country and perform any legal business transaction or paid service for as long as his/her visa is valid.

This visa allows you to stay in the country as an employee, employer, self-employed businessman, researcher, athlete, student, or trainee.

Before submitting your visa application, you must apply for a temporary authorization to stay at the Ministère Des Affaires Étrangères Et Européennes [Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs].

 

Application Documents

Your visa application must be submitted with the following documents and translated by a sworn translator if they are not drawn up in German, French or English.

If you want to apply for a Luxembourg visa, you must possess the following documents.

 

  • 2 recent identical photographs.
  • A travel document accepted in the Schengen area or valid passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the expiry date of the requested visa. 
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence.
  • Proof of health insurance that is valid throughout your stay.
  • A copy of the national identity card.
  • Proof of legal residence.

 

Cost of visa

The cost of an airport transit visa (A) is around €80, a short-stay visa (C) will cost you about €80, and a long-stay visa (D) will cost you €50. While children between the age of 6 and 12 are subject to a reduced visa application fee of just €40.

A reduced fee of €35 is granted to the citizens of Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, Armenia, Georgia, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Azerbaijan. 

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Serbia that possess biometric passports are exempted from the visa obligation.

If you want to stay even longer, you may apply for a permanent residency after you’ve lived in Luxembourg continuously for 5 years. Luxembourg acknowledges dual citizenship. To become a citizen, you must be at least 18 years old and have lived in the country for at least 10 years.  

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