Reclaiming Luxembourgish nationality

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It is possible to reclaim Luxembourgish nationality.

The reclamation procedure is open to adults who have lost their status as Luxembourg nationals. It confers upon foreign nationals all the rights and obligations associated with being a Luxembourgish national.

The forms listed in the 'Online services and forms' section are to be submitted in person to the relevant commune, together with all other legally required documents. If the applicant lives abroad, the application must be presented to the civil registrar of the city of Luxembourg.

Who is concerned?

The reclamation procedure is open:

  • to adults who have lost their status as Luxembourgish nationals;
  • to women who have lost their status as Luxembourgish nationals, without expressly requesting it, as a result of having acquired the nationality of their husband through marriage, or because their husband has acquired a nationality other than the Luxembourgish nationality.
  • to direct maternal or paternal descendants of an ancestor who held the Luxembourgish nationality on 1 January 1900, where the latter or one of their descendants lost this nationality.

If the legal conditions for reclaiming nationality are not met, the person in question may potentially acquire Luxembourgish nationality by naturalisation or through the option declaration procedure.

Applicants can determine which nationality acquisition procedure applies to their case with the help of a decision tree (Pdf, 1.03 Mb).

Prerequisites

Acquiring Luxembourgish nationality is subject to a condition of good repute. Consequently, Luxembourgish nationality is refused:

  • if the applicant has made false statements, concealed important information or acted fraudulently during the reclamation procedure; or
  • if the applicant has received, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or abroad:
    • a criminal sentence or a custodial sentence of 12 months or more; or
    • a suspended sentence of 24 months or more.

The facts underlying a foreign conviction must also constitute a criminal offence under Luxembourg law. If applicable and except in the case of rehabilitation, the sentence must have been definitively served less than 15 years before the reclamation declaration.

Refusal to grant Luxembourgish nationality on the grounds of a criminal conviction does not apply to women who have lost their status as Luxembourgish nationals, without expressly requesting it, as a result of having acquired the nationality of their husband through marriage, or because their husband has acquired a nationality other than Luxembourgish nationality.

Preliminary steps

Persons, who had a direct maternal or paternal ancestor with Luxembourgish nationality on 1 January 1900, where the latter or one of their descendants lost this nationality, have to address the Ministry of Justice in order to request, by 31 December 2018 at the latest, the issuance of a certificate confirming that they are a direct descendant of an ancestor who was Luxembourgish on 1 January 1900.

Deadlines

Descendants of Luxembourgish ancestors must comply with 2 deadlines.

By 31 December 2018, they must have requested a certification confirming that they are a descendant of an ancestor who was Luxembourgish on 1 January 1900 from the Ministry of Justice.

By 31 December 2025, they must sign, in the presence of a civil registrar, a declaration to reclaim Luxembourgish nationality.

Costs

The reclamation procedure is free of charge.

However, the preparation of certain documents to be produced as part of the reclamation procedure may incur charges, the amount of which is set by the issuing authority. Example:

  • Luxembourg communes may request the payment of a municipal tax in exchange for preparing copies of marital status records;
  • foreign authorities may apply a charge for the issuance of marital status records or extracts from the criminal record.

How to proceed

Submitting a reclamation declaration to the civil registrar

The file must be presented to the civil registrar of the commune of the usual place of residence of the applicant.

In the event that the applicant lives abroad, the file should be presented to the registrar of the city of Luxembourg.

The applicant must appear in person before the civil registrar. They may be accompanied by a person of their choice.

The declaration to reclaim Luxembourgish nationality must be signed by the applicant or their legal representative. Signature by proxy is not permitted.

If the legal conditions are met and if the file contains all the necessary documentation, the civil registrar will record the reclamation declaration. They then send the file to the Nationality Office (Service de la nationalité luxembourgeoise) of the Ministry of Justice directly and without delay.

If the file submitted is incomplete, the civil registrar will request that the applicant produces the missing documents. If the documents are not submitted within a period of 3 months, the application will not be considered.

The civil registrar can refuse to record the declaration. In this case, an appeal against this decision can be made to the Minister of Justice within one month of notification of the refusal. If the appeal is rejected by the Minister, a reversal on appeal may be petitioned before the administrative tribunal.

The date on which Luxembourgish nationality was reclaimed is stated on the reclamation declaration.

Supporting documents

The applicant must submit the following documents to the civil registrar:

  • a full copy of their birth certificate and, if necessary, that of their children under 18;
  • a copy of their valid passport and, where appropriate, that of their children aged under 18. If they do not have a passport, another identity or travel document may be provided;
  • precise biographical details (French, Pdf, 396 Kb) signed by the applicant or their legal representative;
  • if applicable, the authorisation of the judge supervising guardianship to initiate a reclamation procedure;
  • if applicable, the decision of the Minister granting an exemption to submit any of the required documents. This exemption can be obtained by submitting a reasoned request to the Minister of Justice, who has sole authority to grant it.

If a required document has not been drafted in French, German, English or Luxembourgish, the applicant must submit it with a translation in one of these languages. The translation must be performed by a sworn translator or by a foreign public authority.

Additional supporting documents for adults having lost their status as Luxembourgish nationals

  • a certificate of loss of Luxembourgish nationality;
  • criminal record certificates or similar documents issued by the competent foreign authorities:
    • in the foreign country or countries of which the applicant is or was a national;
    • in the foreign country or countries in which the applicant has resided from the age of 18 during the 15 years immediately preceding the submission of the application.

The civil registrar will request the record no. 2 of the criminal record from the public prosecutor's office after having obtained an authorisation from the applicant. If applicants refuse to give their authorisation, the application will not be considered.

If a required document has not been drafted in French, German, English or Luxembourgish, the applicant must submit it with a translation in one of these languages. The translation must be performed by a sworn translator or by a foreign public authority.

Additional supporting documents for women who have lost their status as Luxembourgish nationals as a result of having acquired the nationality of their husband

  • a certificate of loss of Luxembourgish nationality.

If a required document has not been drafted in French, German, English or Luxembourgish, the applicant must submit it with a translation in one of these languages. The translation must be performed by a sworn translator or by a foreign public authority.

Additional supporting documents for direct descendants of an ancestor who was Luxembourgish on 1 January 1900

  • a certificate confirming that the applicant is a direct descendant of an ancestor who was Luxembourgish on 1 January 1900;
  • criminal record certificates or similar documents issued by the competent foreign authorities:
    • in the foreign country or countries of which the applicant is or was a national;
    • in the foreign country or countries in which the applicant has resided from the age of 18 during the 15 years immediately preceding the submission of the application.

The civil registrar will request the record no. 2 of the criminal record from the public prosecutor's office after having obtained an authorisation from the applicant. If applicants refuse to give their authorisation, the application will not be considered.

If a required document has not been drafted in French, German, English or Luxembourgish, the applicant must submit it with a translation in one of these languages. The translation must be performed by a sworn translator or by a foreign public authority.

Review of the application by the Ministry of Justice

The civil registrar will send the reclamation declaration and supporting documents to the Ministry of Justice directly and without delay.

If the minister has no objection to the reclamation declaration, the applicant will reclaim Luxembourgish nationality after a period of 4 months from receipt of the application by the Ministry of Justice.

If this is not the case, the minister may impose the measures outlined below.

Cancellation of the reclamation application

The reclamation declaration will be cancelled by the minister:

  • if the civil registrar has recorded the reclamation declaration in violation of the law; or
  • if the applicant has made false statements, concealed important information or acted fraudulently.

The reclamation declaration may be cancelled within the period of 4 months following the receipt of the application by the Ministry of Justice.

Cancellation of the reclamation declaration means that the person in question has not obtained Luxembourgish nationality.

The civil registrar who recorded the reclamation declaration will inform the person concerned.

In the case of false statements, concealment of important information or fraud, the cancellation of the reclamation declaration is accompanied by a ban on initiating a naturalisation, option declaration or reclamation procedure for a period of 15 years.

The ministerial decision to cancel the reclamation declaration may be subject to a reversal on appeal petitioned before the administrative tribunal within a period of 3 months from notification of this decision. The appeal must be lodged by a court lawyer.

Correction of the reclamation declaration

The minister will instruct the civil registrar to correct the reclamation declaration in the event of a purely clerical error or omission, the indication of an inappropriate legal basis or an error regarding the marital status of the applicant.

The correction shall be made through an annotation on the reclamation declaration.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Nationality Office

Communal Administrations

  • Beaufort

    Address:
    9, rue de l'Eglise L-6315 Beaufort Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 86 93 88
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.30 (closed on Thursday afternoon) / open until 20.00 on Wednesdays
  • Bech

    Address:
    1, Enneschtgaass L-6230 Bech Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 06 74
    Email address:
    bech@pt.lu
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00 (closed on Monday afternoons); Thursday: 13.00 - 19.00 (open until 17.00 during school holidays)
  • Beckerich

    Address:
    6, Dikrecherstrooss L-8523 Beckerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 62 91 62
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08.30 - 12.00; Wednesday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.45
  • Berdorf

    Address:
    5, rue de Consdorf L-6551 Berdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 91 89
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00; Monday to Wednesday: 14.00 - 16.00; Thursday: 14.00 - 19.00
  • Bertrange

    Address:
    2, beim Schlass L-8058 Bertrange Luxembourg
    B.P. 28 L-8005 Bertrange
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 31 27 57
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00
  • Bettembourg

    Address:
    13, rue du Château L-3217 Bettembourg Luxembourg
    B.P. 29 L-3201 Bettembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 80 80-601
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30 / "Biergerzenter" open until 19.00 on Thursdays
  • Bettendorf

    Address:
    1, rue Neuve L-9353 Bettendorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 92 34
    Monday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 18.45; Tuesday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30 (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Betzdorf

    Address:
    11, rue du Château L-6922 Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 2 L-6901 Roodt/Syre
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 00 82
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 13.30 - 16.30
    (bureau de la population et état civil) / Uniquement sur RDV: lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi: 16.30 - 17.00; mercredi: 07.00 - 08.00
  • Bissen

    Address:
    1, rue des Moulins L-7784 Bissen Luxembourg
    B.P. 25 L-7703 Bissen
    Fax:
    (+352) 85 97 63
    Monday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 18.30 (only population service);
    Tuesday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 (closed on Thursday morning)
  • Biwer

    Address:
    6, Kiirchestrooss L-6834 Biwer Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 71 90 25
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30
    (fermé le 1ier mercredi de chaque mois le matin, ouvert le 1ier mercredi de chaque mois l'après-midi de 14.00 - 18.00)
  • Boulaide

    Address:
    3, rue de la Mairie L-9640 Boulaide Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 36 92
    Monday, Thursday: 14.00 - 17.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 08.30 - 12.00
  • Bourscheid

    Address:
    1, Schlassweee L-9140 Bourscheid Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 03 57-565
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00; Monday: 14.00 - 18.00; Tuesday to Friday: 14.00 - 16.00 (except on Wednesdays)
  • Bous-Waldbredimus

    Address:
    20, rue Luxembourg L-5408 Bous Luxembourg
    Phone:
    (+352) 28 86 04 01
    Biergerzenter
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 86 04 109
    Other services: please make an appointment during normal office hours
  • Clervaux

    Address:
    Montée du Château L-9712 Clervaux Luxembourg
    B.P. 35 L-9701 Clervaux
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 800-900
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 11.30; mardi à vendredi: 14.00 - 16.30
    mercredi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 (uniquement bureau de la population, sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Colmar-Berg

    Address:
    5, rue de la Poste L-7730 Colmar-Berg Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-7701 Colmar-Berg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 55 43-225
    Monday to Thursday: 08.00 - 12.00; Wednesday: 13.00 - 17.00 (closed on Fridays)
  • Consdorf

    Address:
    8, route d'Echternach L-6212 Consdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 79 04 31
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00; open until 18.00 on Tuesdays
  • Contern

    Address:
    4, Place de la Mairie L-5310 Contern Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 35 72 36
    Monday-Friday: 08.15 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 / or by appointment between 07.00 - 08.15 and 16.30 - 18.30
  • Dalheim

    Address:
    Gemengeplaz L-5680 Dalheim Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 60 53-50
    Closed Monday and Friday afternoon; appointments can be made for urgent administrative matters.
  • Diekirch

    Address:
    27, avenue de la Gare L-9233 Diekirch Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-9202 Diekirch
    Fax:
    (+352) 80 87 80-250
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.30 - 11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 / Bureau de la population et état civil: mercredi jusqu'à 18.00
  • Differdange

    Address:
    40, avenue Charlotte L-4530 Differdange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-4501 Differdange
    Fax:
    (+352) 58 77 1-1210
    Monday and Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 / the "Biergeramt" is also open on Saturday morning: 09.00 - 11.00
  • Dippach

    Address:
    11, rue de l'Eglise L-4994 Schouweiler Luxembourg
    B.P. 59 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 27 95 25-299
    Email address:
    commune@dippach.lu
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 17.00; open until 18.00 on Mondays; Wednesday from 07.30
  • Dudelange

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3590 Dudelange Luxembourg
    B.P. 73 L-3401 Dudelange
    Fax:
    (+352) 51 61 21-299
    Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-17.00; Wednesday: 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-19.00; Thursday: 8.00-17.00
  • Echternach

    Address:
    2, place du Marché L-6460 Echternach Luxembourg
    B.P. 22 L-6401 Echternach
    Fax:
    (+352) 72 92 22-51
    Lundi à jeudi: 08.30 -11.30 et 14.00 - 16.30 ; vendredi: 08.30 - 13.00 heures / Bureau de la population et état civil: lundi ouvert jusqu’à 19.00
  • Ell

    Address:
    27, Haaptstrooss L-8530 Ell Luxembourg
    B.P. 9 L-8501 Redange/Attert
    Fax:
    (+352) 26 62 38-55
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 08.15 - 11.45; Thursday: 13.30 - 18.30
  • Erpeldange sur Sûre

    Address:
    21, Porte des Ardennes L-9145 Erpeldange-sur-Sûre Luxembourg
    B.P. 39 L-9001 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 97 08
    Monday: 07.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 18.00; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 07.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 16.30; closed on Wednesday
  • Esch sur Alzette

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg
    B.P. 145 L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette
    Fax:
    (+352) 54 35 14 667
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 17.00 ("Biergeramt")
  • Esch-sur-Sûre

    Address:
    1, an der Gaass L-9150 Eschdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 91 12-25
    Monday to Thursday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.00 - 16.30 ; open until 18.30 on Mondays, Friday: 08.00 - 11.30
  • Ettelbruck

    Address:
    Place de l'Hôtel de Ville L-9087 Ettelbruck Luxembourg
    B.P. 116 L-9002 Ettelbruck
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 91 81-364
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30; open until 18.30 on Wednesdays
  • Feulen

    Address:
    25, route de Bastogne L-9176 Niederfeulen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 81 79 08
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 08.00 - 12.00 (closed on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon); Monday; 13.00 - 16.00; Wednesday: 13.00-17.00,; Thursday: 13.00 - 18.00
  • Fischbach

    Address:
    1, rue de l'Eglise L-7430 Fischbach Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 32 70 84-50
    Monday-Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 18.00
  • Flaxweiler

    Address:
    1, rue de Berg L-6926 Flaxweiler Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 77 08 33
    Monday to Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30
  • Frisange

    Address:
    10, Munnerëferstrooss L-5701 Frisange Luxembourg
    B.P. 12 L-5701 Aspelt
    Fax:
    (+352) 23 66 06 88
    closed on Friday afternoon
  • Garnich

    Address:
    15, rue de l'Ecole L-8353 Garnich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 38 00 19 90
    Monday-Friday: 08.30-11.30; Monday: 14.00 - 18.00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 14.00 - 16.00; Thursday afternoon closed.
  • Goesdorf

    Address:
    1, Op der Driicht L-9653 Goesdorf Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 89 91 73
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08.30 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30; every 2nd Tuesday evening from 16.30-18.30 / closed on Wednesday.
  • Grevenmacher

    Address:
    6, Place du Marché L-6755 Grevenmacher Luxembourg
    B.P. 5 L-6701 Grevenmacher
    Fax:
    (+352) 75 03 11-80
  • Grosbous-Wahl

    Address:
    1, rue de Bastogne L-9154 Grosbous Luxembourg
    PO box 7 L-9006 Grosbous
    Fax:
    (+352) 83 86 55
  • Habscht

    Address:
    Place Denn L-8465 Eischen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 01 33-209
    Maison communale à Eischen: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00; lundi, jeudi, vendredi: 13.00 - 17.00; mardi: 13.00 - 19.00; mercredi fermé / Bureau communal à Hobscheid: mercredi: 10.00 - 12.00 / Bureau communal à Septfontaines: mercredi: 13.30 - 16.30
  • Heffingen

    Address:
    2, am Duerf L-7651 Heffingen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 97 54
  • Helperknapp

    Address:
    2, rue de Hollenfels L-7481 Tuntange Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 28 80 40-299
    Monday: 08.00 – 11.30 / Tuesday: 07.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 / Wednesday: 08.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 (* Nocturne every first Wednesday of the month until 18.30 / Thursday: 08.00 – 11.30 and 13.30 – 16.30 (** Thursday afternoon by appointment only) / Friday: 08.h00 – 11.30.
  • Hesperange

    Address:
    474, route de Thionville L-5886 Hesperange Luxembourg
    B.P. 10 L-5801 Hesperange
    Fax:
    (+352) 36 00 06
    Monday to Friday: 07.45 - 11.45 and 13.30 - 17.00; open until 18.00 on Thursdays
  • Junglinster

    Address:
    12, rue de Bourglinster L-6112 Junglinster Luxembourg
    B.P. 14 L-6101 Junglinster
    Fax:
    (+352) 78 83 19
    Lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.30 et 13.00 - 16.30 / ouvert jeudi jusqu'à 19.00 (sauf la veille d'un jour férié)
  • Käerjeng

    Address:
    24, rue de l'Eau L-4920 Bascharage Luxembourg
    B.P. 50 L-4901 Bascharage
    Fax:
    (+352) 50 05 52 399
    Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.00 (or by appointment)
  • Kayl

    Address:
    4, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville L-3674 Kayl Luxembourg
    B.P. 56 L-3601 Kayl
    Fax:
    (+352) 56 33 23
  • Kehlen

    Address:
    15, rue de Mamer L-8280 Kehlen Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 91 91-200
    Monday-Friday: 07.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.00
  • Kiischpelt

    Address:
    7, op der Gare L-9776 Wilwerwiltz Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 92 06 15
    Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 11.30 and 14.00 - 16.30
  • Koerich

    Address:
    2, rue du Château L-8385 Koerich Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 39 73 62
  • Kopstal

    Address:
    28, rue de Saeul L-8189 Kopstal Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 30 04 15
    Monday to Friday: 07.30 - 12.00 and 13.30 - 16.00
  • Lac de la Haute-Sûre

    Address:
    7, Duerfstrooss L-9635 Bavigne Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 99 35 53
    Monday, Friday: 08.00 -11.30; Tuesday, Thursday: 08.00 - 11.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 (closed on Wednesdays)
  • Larochette

    Address:
    33, chemin J.A. Zinnen L-7626 Larochette Luxembourg
    Fax:
    (+352) 87 96 46
    Service population: lundi à vendredi: 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 - 17.00, lundi ouvert jusqu'à 19.00 / Sécrétariat et état civil: lundi à vendredi de 08.00 - 12.00 et 14.00 à 17.00
  • Lenningen

    Address:
    3, rue de l'Église L-5414 Canach Luxembourg