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Staying/working in Luxembourg as a British citizen

I am a British citizen in possession of a registration certificate in Luxembourg. Why will I need a new residence document once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union?

The registration certificate was issued pursuant to Directive 2004/38 on the free movement of persons, as were other residence documents issued to British citizens and their family members (permanent residence certificate, residence permit and permanent residence permit).

However, after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, the right of residence of British citizens and their family members will no longer derive from Directive 2004/38, but from the Withdrawal Agreement.

Your residence document issued before the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU will be replaced by a new residence document valid from the end of the transition period.

Further details on the replacement procedure will be released soon.

The new residence document will specify that its holder is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, allowing him to exercise his specific rights deriving therefrom.

Pending the issue of a new residence document, your current residence document (registration certificate, permanent residence certificate, residence card and permanent residence card) shall also serve as documents certifying the regularity of residence.

Do I need to register or submit a special application to get the new residence document?

The details of the replacement procedure will be released in due course, as they will depend on decisions that are still to be taken at the EU level on the specifications of the new residence document.

I am a British citizen and I live and work in Luxembourg. Will I need a special permit to continue working in Luxembourg after Brexit?

No.

British citizens will not need a specific permit to exercise the right to work in Luxembourg, as they are entitled to work in any EU Member State under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

I am a British citizen and I work in Luxembourg, but live in France. Will I be allowed to continue working in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, British citizens will continue to enjoy the right to engage in a professional activity as a cross-border worker in a European Union Member State after the end of the transition period, if the paid activity started before the end of the transition period. The Withdrawal Agreement defines a cross-border worker as a person who works in one Member State and lives in another Member State, to which they return every day or at least once a week.

In Luxembourg, it is foreseen that British cross-border workers can request a document certifying their rights deriving from the Agreement after the transition period. The details will be set out at a later date.

I am married to a British citizen and am, myself, a third country national (non-EU and non-UK). Will I be allowed to stay in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

A third country national who is a family member of a British citizen covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will also benefit from the rights deriving from the Withdrawal Agreement. They will continue to enjoy their right of residence in Luxembourg after Brexit, for as long as they fulfill the conditions for recognition as a family member of a British citizen. They will keep that right even after the end of the transition period.

I am married to a British citizen and am, myself, a citizen of another EU Member State. Will I be allowed to stay in Luxembourg after Brexit?

Yes.

A British citizen’s family member who is an EU citizen will continue to enjoy the right of residence as an EU citizen. No special formalities will be required, and the existing residence document (registration certificate or permanent residence permit) will remain valid.

I am a British citizen and I work in Luxembourg. What will happen to my social security affiliation after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union?

Persons working in Luxembourg are covered by social security regardless of their nationality. British citizens in this situation remain covered by the Luxembourg social security so long as they work in Luxembourg. As such, they continue to be covered for:

  • healthcare;
  • illness;
  • long-term care;
  • work-related accidents or illnesses;
  • pension;
  • family allowances.
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