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Luxembourg – Residency

Types of Residency in Luxembourg

Luxembourg offers different types of residency options to foreign nationals, depending on their status, employment, and other factors. The following are the main types of residency available in Luxembourg:

Short-term Stay

Foreign nationals who plan to stay in Luxembourg for less than 90 days do not need a residency permit. However, they may need to register with the local commune or town hall upon arrival, depending on their nationality and the purpose of their visit.

Long-term Stay

Foreign nationals who plan to stay in Luxembourg for more than 90 days need to apply for a residency permit. There are two main types of residency permits available for long-term stay in Luxembourg:

Temporary Authorization to Stay (Autorisation de Sejour Temporaire)

This type of residency permit is suitable for foreign nationals who plan to work or study in Luxembourg for less than one year. It is also available for self-employed individuals, job seekers, and other non-EU nationals who want to stay in Luxembourg for a short period.

To apply for a temporary authorization to stay, the applicant needs to provide the following documents:


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  • A valid passport or travel document
  • A recent passport-sized photograph
  • Proof of accommodation in Luxembourg
  • Proof of financial means to support themselves during their stay in Luxembourg
  • A police clearance certificate from their country of origin
  • A medical certificate

Residence Permit (Carte de Sejour)

This type of residency permit is suitable for foreign nationals who plan to work, study, or reside in Luxembourg for more than one year. It is available for EU and non-EU nationals who meet the eligibility criteria.

To apply for a residence permit, the applicant needs to provide the following documents:

  • A valid passport or travel document
  • A recent passport-sized photograph
  • Proof of accommodation in Luxembourg
  • Proof of financial means to support themselves during their stay in Luxembourg
  • A police clearance certificate from their country of origin
  • A medical certificate
  • A work contract or proof of enrollment in a recognized educational institution

Permanent Residency

Foreign nationals who have resided in Luxembourg for a certain period may be eligible for permanent residency. The requirements and eligibility criteria for permanent residency may vary depending on the type of residency permit held by the applicant.

Applying for Residency in Luxembourg

Foreign nationals who plan to stay in Luxembourg for more than 90 days need to apply for a residency permit before their arrival in the country. The application process may vary depending on the type of residency permit applied for and the nationality of the applicant.

The general process for applying for a residency permit in Luxembourg is as follows:

  1. Obtain the necessary documents: The applicant needs to obtain the necessary documents required for the residency permit application, such as a valid passport or travel document, a recent passport-sized photograph, proof of accommodation, proof of financial means, police clearance certificate, medical certificate, and other supporting documents.

  2. Submit the application: The applicant needs to submit the completed application form and the required documents to the Immigration Directorate (Direction de l’Immigration) of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européennes).

  3. Wait for the decision: The Immigration Directorate will review the application and may request additional information or documents. The processing time for the residency permit application may vary depending on the type of residency permit and the complexity of the application.

  4. Collect the residency permit: If the application is approved, the applicant needs to collect the residency permit from the Immigration Directorate.

Required Documents for Residency in Luxembourg

The following documents are required to support an application for residency in Luxembourg:

  1. Passport or national ID card

  2. Proof of health insurance

  3. Proof of financial means

  4. Proof of accommodation

  5. Proof of job offer (for temporary residency only)

Registration

All foreign nationals who are moving to Luxembourg are required to register with the local immigration office. This is the first step in the process of obtaining residency.

Finding Reliable Information

For reliable, up-to-date information on residency in Luxembourg, you can visit the following websites:

  1. The Luxembourg governmentÕs immigration website: https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/demarches/sejour/index.html

  2. The Embassy of Luxembourg in the United States: https://luxembourg.usmission.gov/services/visa-information/

  3. The European UnionÕs website on residency in Luxembourg: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/index_en.htm


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