Luxembourg Work Permit
Living and working in Luxembourg has its benefits such as a multi-lingual portal to the EU. Looking for a job there can be easier than other European countries since for example Amazon, Skype, iTunes and PayPal have set up European head offices here. As there are permits easily granted through your employer, entrepreneurs can expect their country of origin, education and expertise to play a big part on whether working in Luxembourg is a realistic goal.
EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens
In general, citizenship in the EU/EEA/Switzerland, do not need a work permit or work visa to work or apply for jobs in Luxembourg. Europeans with Croatian citizenship still have to acquire a separate work permit for their first year of living and working in Luxembourg.
Anyone intending to stay longer than 90 days in the country has to go to the local Municipal Office in Luxembourg to “declare” arrival and intention to stay within the first week of arriving. An address registration certificate is also necessary to have, obtainable at the same Municipal Office, for all member of the family who plans to work and live in Luxembourg. Note, that a passport or valid identity card for both visits are required.
Within three months of their arrival, EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and all members of their family have to obtain an address registration certificate (déclaration d’enregistrement) from the Municipal Office of their place of residence. Documents required vary according to the person’s personal situation, however, cases a valid identity card or passport must be presented.
Non-EU/EEA citizens are allowed to stay legally in Luxembourg or the European Union to find work for 90 days. As a non-European, coming to Europe for employment, self-employment, study, research, or joining a family member for longer than 90 days, a residence permit will be required.
Employees have to request an Autorisation de séjour d’un ressortissant de pays tiers en vue d’une activité salariée. Self-employed people have to apply for an Autorisation de séjour d’un ressortissant de pays tiers en vue d’une activité indépendante.
Application for authorisation to stay has to be sent to the Direction de l’Immigration du ministère des Affaires étrangères – please see the postal address below:
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, du Commerce Extérieur, de la Coopération, de l’Action Humanitaire et de la Défense
At: 26, route d’Arlon, B.P. 752 L-2017 Luxembourg
Tel: 24 78 40 40
Fax: 22 16 08
Work permit application
The necessary documents vary depending on the type of application. Nevertheless, the following documents are required in most cases – certified copy of the applicant’s valid passport, birth certificate, Curriculum vitae, certified copy of diplomas and professional qualifications, an affidavit or police record and work contract, dated and signed by the applicant and the employer (if applicable)
All documents not in French, German or English should be translated into one of these languages by a sworn translator, and authenticated with an apostille certificate from a competent authority in the applicant’s place of residence.
If a reply has not been received during three months, the applicant can consider, that the application refused. Please note, that once the Autorisation de séjour has been issued, the applicant must enter Luxembourg within 90 days or, if a visa is required, the application for a visa has to be sent within 90 days.
Self-employed in Luxembourg
Non-EU nationals with an intention to set up in Luxembourg as self-employed must submit their business permit application together with their residence permit application to stay as a self-employed person. In fact, Non-EU citizens who have been offered a job or wish to set up as self-employed in Luxembourg must apply for a temporary residence certificate (Autorisation de séjour temporaire) at the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before arrival in Luxembourg itself, therefore the work permit should be submitted with the residence permit.