Luxembourg Work Requirements
Qualifications for jobs in Luxembourg
About 35 percent of the workforce is made up of foreign workers, mostly commuters from neighbouring countries which means that multi-lingual work environments are common. French, German, and English are mainly the languages of business correspondence. Due to Luxembourg’s location in the centre of Europe and these three languages (plus Luxembourgish), a multi-lingual requirement is attached to many jobs in Luxembourg and therefore Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese can also be a bonus.
Luxembourg is affiliated with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area which means, that in case of having a higher education degree from EU member countries they will be recognised and a helpful addition to your application. If you’re a citizen of a non-member country, you are supposed to contact Luxembourg’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) (Centre de Documentation et d’Information ser l’Enseignment Superieur): tel. +352 24788650, www.cedies.public.lu. There, they will be able to determine whether your degree, diploma or certificate is officially accepted and recognised as valid for employment in Luxembourg.
EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens
Citizens of EU/EEA/Swiss do not need a work permit or visa to work in Luxembourg. In case of planning to stay for more than 90 days, they must declare their arrival at the Municipal Office (Commune) in their place of residence within eight days.
Non-EU/EEA and Swiss Citizens
If citizens of non-EU/EEA/Switzerland arrive in Europe looking for jobs in Luxembourg, it is allowed to stay for 90 days in Luxembourg or the European Union to find work. As a non-European in case of coming to Europe for employment, self-employment, study, research, or joining a family member for longer than 90 days will require a residence permit.
An employer in Luxembourg may not employ a non-EU citizen until they have advertised the position at the Luxembourg employment office (Administration de l’Emploi – ADEM), therefore only if the available position cannot be filled by a Luxembourg resident may the employer offer the job to a non-EU citizen.
For further details, please see section Work Permit for Luxembourg.