Residence Permits in Luxembourg


How to obtain a residence permit in Luxembourg legally you will learn here.

To stay in Luxembourg for up to 90 days, a migrant worker does not need to obtain a temporary residence permit. In such cases, the person must inform the local administration of the location and change of residence within 3 days from the date of arrival in the country.

Citizens of non-EEA countries who will reside and work in Luxembourg for more than 90 days must obtain a temporary residence permit. The permit is issued by the Ministry of justice through the Embassy or Consulate of Luxembourg. The temporary residence permit is valid for 1 year and can be extended if necessary. To obtain a temporary residence permit, a foreign worker must provide a copy of the work permit and a completed application form for the foreigner’s identification card.

Labour migrants receive a (temporary) residence permit (“alien identification card”). A residence permit may be issued for a period of up to 5 years, but it is usually issued for a shorter period (the person’s expected stay in Luxembourg is not shorter than 12 months). The map can be updated for up to 5 years at a time. This document is issued by the local administration within 3 days from the date of arrival of the migrant. You do not need to get a card if the foreigner will live in Luxembourg from 3 to 12 months. In this case, the person must only notify the local administration of his arrival within 3 days.

Family unification

Third-country nationals who are the spouse of EEA nationals do not need to obtain a work permit. In Luxembourg, the law does not regulate the unification of families of citizens of countries outside the EEA. However, there are certain administrative requirements regarding the level of income (employee), the availability of housing and the right to employment in the country. Applications for family reunification are submitted to the Ministry of justice by persons residing in Luxembourg. An appeal against the decision can be submitted to the Administrative Court. Family members (spouse and minor children) who are allowed to join a foreign worker in Luxembourg are granted the status of foreign workers and a residence permit (usually for a period of up to 5 years). There is no difference between the wife/husband of a migrant or a citizen of Luxembourg: legal requirements and administrative practice are the same.

Labor law

Citizens of non-EEA countries should be independent of the social assistance system.

Foreign workers in Luxembourg often suffer from social exclusion. One of the few non-governmental organizations dealing with migrants is ASTI (Association de Soutien des TravailleursImmigrés). It is an independent organization that represents all groups of immigrants: refugees, asylum seekers, as well as seasonal and hired foreign workers living in Luxembourg. ASTI promotes integration into society, provides legal assistance to members of ethnic and racial minorities and represents the interests of foreign workers.

According to information from the organization “Women in trouble” (Femmes enD√©tresse) in Luxembourg, documented cases of coercion of foreign women into prostitution. Some women who had married Luxembourg citizens were subjected to psychological and physical violence.

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