Applying for social inclusion income (REVIS)

Last update 01.01.2019

Social inclusion income (revenu d'inclusion sociale – REVIS) takes the place of the former "Guaranteed Minimum Income" (revenu minimum garanti – RMG), and is designed to help households in the lowest income brackets.

REVIS give everyone meeting the eligibility criteria a basic means of livelihood, which may be combined with social and employment activation measures, referred to as "activation" measures.

REVIS is made up of:

  • the social inclusion benefit (formerly the "supplementary allowance" part of the RMG): the social inclusion benefit is a form of financial aid granted to households to provide those who have no income, or whose income falls below a certain threshold, with a basic means of livelihood;
  • the activation benefit (formerly the "integration allowance" part of the RMG): this sum is granted to financially support a person taking part in an activation programme.

Recipients of the RMG are automatically entitled to social inclusion income.

Who is concerned

General rules


To be eligible for REVIS, applicants must:

  • be legally resident in Luxembourg;
  • be listed in the National Registry of Natural Persons (RNPP);
  • actually live at the address where they are registered as normally legally resident.
Furthermore, they must:
  • be at least 25 years old;
  • be receiving an income, either personally or collectively with their household, which falls below the thresholds set by law;
  • be looking for a job, and be and remain registered as a job seeker with the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi – ADEM);
  • be prepared to exhaust all options, in Luxembourg or abroad, to improve their situation (for instance, find out whether they are entitled to unemployment benefits, to a pension, etc.).

Specific rules for EU or EEA nationals and their family members


A national of an EU or EEA Member State, or a family member of such a person, regardless of their nationality, is not entitled to REVIS for the first 3 months of their stay in Luxembourg, or for as long as they are actively seeking a job if that was the reason for their coming to Luxembourg.

This requirement does not apply to:
  • employees or self-employed workers;
  • persons retaining that status;
  • members of their family, regardless of their nationality.

Specific rules for third-country nationals

Third-country nationals who are neither stateless persons nor beneficiaries of international protection, and who wish to claim REVIS, must:

  • have been legally resident in Luxembourg for at least 5 years (continuously or otherwise) within the past 20 years; or
  • hold long-term resident status.

The 5-year residence condition does not apply if the third-country national is a family member of:

  • a Luxembourg citizen;
  • an EU national;
  • a national of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland);
  • a person who has been granted international protection.

Concept of domestic arrangement or household


A household consists of all persons who live in a shared home, who have a shared budget, and who cannot provide material evidence that they live elsewhere.

Acceptable documentary evidence includes:

  • a tenancy agreement;
  • receipts for payment of rent;
  • the deeds of ownership to a residential building;
  • banking or accounting documents showing payment of rent;
  • documents proving payment of bills for electricity, gas, municipal charges, etc.

Such documents must pertain to a period of at least 6 months prior to the date of application for the REVIS.

The following are deemed to belong to a single household:

  • parents living in the household with their adult children;
  • persons of legal age, unfit for work, living in the household with their parents or siblings;
  • persons receiving free accommodation in a household for a maximum of 12 months, if their upkeep represents an expense for the household, and if they have come from:
    • a prison or similar institution; or
    • a hospital or similar institution; or
    • a medical institution abroad, where they were receiving medical treatment authorised by the Health Board (Contrôle médical); or
    • a refugee camp.

Exceptions

Persons under 25 years of age may claim REVIS if they:

  • are raising a child for whom they receive family allowances; or
  • are at least 7 months pregnant (a medical certificate will be required, showing the expected delivery date); or
  • are of legal age and, due an illness or a disability, are unable to earn a living to the standard set by law; or
  • are a carer (home care worker) for a person receiving long-term care insurance.

A person may apply for REVIS without being registered with the ADEM as a job-seeker, and without actively seeking a job, if they:

  • are in full-time employment (but their earnings do not exceed the set threshold); or
  • are physically or mentally incapacitated (in which case they will be required to present a medical assessment issued by a practitioner appointed by the head of the National Solidarity Fund (Fonds national de solidarité); or
  • are in possession of a reasoned assessment explaining why they are incapable of seeking ordinary employment. Their incapacity is assessed on the basis of their personal circumstances, their language skills and their previous work experience. The ADEM must return its reasoned assessment no later than one month after the application for REVIS is received; or
  • are receiving an old-age pension or disability pension; or
  • are over 65 years old; or
  • are receiving sickness benefit or maternity pay; or
  • are on parental leave, and have an employment contract in which the number of hours of work is equal to the normal working time applicable in the establishment/business by law or by collective agreement; or
  • are a carer (home care worker) for a person receiving long-term care insurance; or
  • are in the process of completing their "classic" or general secondary education; or
  • have been engaged in a self-employed activity for a period of 6 months (renewable once), which, after that period, has not produced earned income greater than or equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers. Beyond that point, the self-employed person is required to register as a job-seeker with ADEM as long as their income remains below the social minimum wage; or
  • are engaged in a self-employed activity generating earned income which is greater than or equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers.

Prerequisites

In order to benefit from REVIS, applicants must not:

  • have voluntarily given up or reduced their professional activity;
  • have been dismissed for serious misconduct;
  • have been stripped of their entitlement to unemployment benefit;
  • be on unpaid leave or part-time leave in the public or private sector;
  • have been outside of Luxembourg for a period of more than 35 days in a calendar year;
  • be in preventive detention or be serving a custodial sentence. However, they may apply for REVIS for periods when:
    • they are on day parole; or
    • they are serving a suspended sentence, are on conditional release, or are wearing an electronic tag;
  • they are pursuing higher education;
  • for third-country nationals only: they can produce a statement of financial support from a benefactor.

Nevertheless, the National Solidarity Fund may grant REVIS to such people, on an exceptional basis, and solely for reasons pertaining to their family situation, their professional circumstances or their health status, subject to satisfactory evidence.

Such exceptions cannot be made for people in the latter 3 situations.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

New applicants

The form, signed by all adult applicants and accompanied by the requisite supporting documents, must be sent to the National Solidarity Fund (Fonds national de solidarité - FNS):

  • by post; or
  • by submission in person.

A file will be opened when the application for REVIS is received.

Persons receiving guaranteed minimum income (RMG)

People who were receiving RMG and continue to meet the eligibility criteria are automatically entitled to REVIS.

If the amount of supplementary RMG they received was greater than the amount of REVIS, they will continue to receive the higher amount, provided their household and/or income do not change.

If they are participating in a work integration programme activity under the RMG scheme which has not yet come to an end, the activity will continue as before, and the agreement is tailored to fit the specific situation.

People receiving a pension as at 1 January 2019 will continue to receive the same amount as before, even if they leave their former household. If a new person joins the household then the benefit amount is recalculated, and the new conditions on REVIS apply.


Supporting documents

The application must include the following supporting documents:

  • a copy of the adult applicants’ ID cards;
  • a bank account identification document for the primary applicant, named as the main REVIS beneficiary;
  • for applicants from an EU or EEA Member State: a copy of their registration certificate;
  • for applicants from a third country: proof that they have been legally resident in Luxembourg for a period of 5 years within the last 20;
  • for beneficiaries of international protection: a copy of the document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledging that status;
  • where the applicant holds foreign assets: a certificate attesting to those assets, issued by the relevant State body.

The National Solidarity Fund will assess whether the application is admissible and, if not, ask the applicant to provide any further documents required. The application becomes admissible when the final document is received.

The National Solidarity Fund may also require the following:

  • for applicants under 25 years of age, a medical assessment issued by a Fund-appointed practitioner, certifying that they are medically incapable of earning a living;
  • for applicants incapable of earning a living for reasons of physical or mental health, a medical assessment issued by a Fund-appointed practitioner, certifying that they are unfit to find a job.

The file also includes a report drawn up by an officer of the Fund, following an investigation into the applicant's and their household's income and wealth status.

Interview and activation plan

Every applicant under the age of 65 and able to work is profiled by ADEM. This interview enables ADEM to rule on the applicant's ability to join the ordinary job market:

  • they are deemed capable to join the job market, in which case they are registered with ADEM and treated as job-seekers (inclusion benefit). To continue to receive financial aid, they must remain registered and actively look for a job;
  • they are found to have special needs in terms of social and employment activation, in which case they are referred to the National Office for Social Inclusion (Office national d’inclusion sociale – ONIS) and will receive the so-called activation benefit.

The guidance offered may change as their specific situation does.

Activation plan for those receiving activation benefit

Upon receiving the detailed assessment from ADEM, the ONIS invites the REVIS applicant to an information meeting.

If the applicant fails to attend the information meeting without justifiable reason, the ONIS will send them a registered letter asking them to provide documents to support the reason for their absence, within 5 working days.

If these documents have not been received after 5 working days, the ONIS will inform the National Solidarity Fund of the applicant's failure to comply.

The applicant then signs a declaration of cooperation with the ONIS, and is referred to the regional social inclusion officer, with whom they draw up an activation plan. The activation plan is valid for a period of one year, but may be renewed.

Where necessary, a new activation plan may be drawn up at any time.

The plan comprises:

  • the activation project;
  • mutual commitments and a schedule of actions to be undertaken;
  • a list of the facilities at the beneficiary's disposal.

In accordance with their activation plan, the beneficiary is registered for the following activation measures:

  • stabilisation activities;
  • community work;
  • courses and training sessions;
  • therapeutic programmes, treatments or other recovery or rehabilitation measures.

The applicant may be granted temporary dispensations from these measures, but for no longer than one year, if:

  • they are raising a child for whom they are receiving family benefits and have no means of childcare;
  • they are acting as a carer under a long-term care insurance policy;
  • they are in the process of completing their "classic" or general secondary education;
  • their physical or mental health, or their social or family situation, are such that the activation plan measures are inadvisable or impossible.

For the duration of these temporary dispensations, applicants will receive the social inclusion benefit.

The provisions of labour law apply to anyone taking part in an activation plan, especially with regard to:

  • working hours;
  • rest periods, public holidays and statutory paid holidays;
  • equal treatment, discrimination in the workplace, and harassment;
  • employees' protection, health and safety.

It should be noted that beneficiaries of activation benefit are not required to register with ADEM.


Decision


The National Solidarity Fund will give notification of its decision to award or deny REVIS to the applicant by registered letter no later than 3 months after receiving the application.

The notification:

  • specifies the amount of the social inclusion benefit and the date on which payment will begin;
  • lists the items of income and assets taken into consideration;
  • provides the necessary information regarding sickness and maternity insurance.

After analysis of the complete file, if approved, applicants are entitled to REVIS as of the day of submission of the complete application.

Amount of REVIS

Calculation of REVIS

The amount of REVIS is determined on the basis of the composition of the household and the income of its members.

Applicants must declare, to the National Solidarity Fund, their full gross income and all other financial assets, as well as those of their household members.  

Income to be declared

In particular, the following must be declared:

  • professional income (wages, etc.);
  • replacement income (monetary benefits for sickness, maternity, unemployment, work-related accident or illness, parental leave allowance, etc.);
  • pensions received (whether from Luxembourg or abroad);
  • benefits received as part of an employment programme run by ADEM;
  • rent received on owned property (e.g. an apartment, a house, a parking space, etc.);
  • maintenance/support payments;
  • direct or indirect donations made by the applicant or beneficiary;
  • acceptance of an inheritance by the applicant/beneficiary's heirs, etc.

25 % of some of the following forms of income may be excluded from the calculation of the amount of REVIS due:

  • professional income;
  • replacement income;
  • pensions received (whether from Luxembourg or abroad);
  • benefits received as part of an employment programme run by ADEM;
  • the benefit paid for people participating in an activation measure;
  • maintenance/support payments.
Exempt income

Certain forms of income need not be declared by the applicant:

  • family benefits;
  • back-to-school allowance;
  • birth allowance;
  • special allowance for severely disabled people;
  • long-term care insurance payments (in cash);
  • the earned income of a child under 25, until and unless it is equal to the maximum social inclusion benefit for an adult;
  • State financial aid (e.g. cost-of-living benefit, financial aid for housing, etc.), aid from social welfare offices and other private social welfare charities.

Social inclusion benefit

The benefit is paid to the member of the household named as the primary beneficiary in the application.

The maximum monthly social inclusion benefit comprises:

  • a basic flat-rate amount per adult;
  • a basic flat-rate amount per child for which a household member is receiving family benefits;
  • a higher basic flat-rate amount for each child living in a single-parent household and for whom the parent is receiving family benefit;
  • an amount to cover household expenses;
  • an amount to cover household expenses, increased by a certain margin when the household includes one or more children for whom an adult is receiving family benefits.

A reduced allowance is granted for:

  • parents living in the household of their adult children;
  • persons of legal age who have been admitted for more than 60 days as inpatients at hospitals in Luxembourg or abroad, or for treatment authorised by the Social Security Medical Board (Contrôle médicale de la sécurité sociale) in a foreign healthcare centre, paid for by the National Health Fund.
An exception is made if the person can prove irreducible expenses incurred for accommodation and its related costs, or the payment of child maintenance.

If, when the allowance is granted, the beneficiary is not yet registered for health insurance, the Fund immediately presents an application for registration to the CNS.

The social inclusion benefit is subject to payment of:

  • health insurance and long-term care insurance contributions: the contributions are calculated on the basis of the social inclusion benefit;
  • pension insurance contributions, if the beneficiary:
    • has been contributing to pension insurance for at least 25 years; and
    • does not have a personal pension under a Luxembourg pension scheme, or has not reached the age of 65.
For these contributions, the monthly contribution base is the difference between the reference social minimum wage for an unskilled worker at least 18 years of age, and the beneficiary's professional income.

The social charges on the social inclusion benefit are deducted at source by the National Solidarity Fund.

The social inclusion benefit is non-transferable, and cannot be pawned or seized.

Upon substantiated request from the competent Social Welfare Office, the National Solidarity Fund may deduct, from the allowance, the amount of expenses to cover normal supply of power and water, and to reimburse debts in connection with the expenses of acquiring and maintaining the accommodation occupied by the beneficiary.

Activation benefit

A person engaged in community work as part of their activation plan is entitled to an activation benefit, paid on a monthly basis.

The activation benefit is calculated on the basis of the social minimum wage for an unskilled worker, taking account of the number of hours worked.

Activation benefit is subject to social security contributions (sickness and maternity insurance, long-term care insurance and pension), and to income tax as well. The applicable charges and taxes are deducted at source by the ONIS.

This benefit may continue to be paid for at most 3 months when the beneficiary's file is referred back to the ADEM.

Review of the file


The beneficiary is required to immediately notify the FNS of any fact or event liable to impact their entitlement to REVIS.

The fund will regularly check whether the access criteria are still met.

Social inclusion benefit

The social inclusion benefit is discontinued if the criteria on the basis of which it was awarded are no longer met.

It is increased, reduced or withdrawn retroactively if:

  • the items used to calculate the social inclusion benefit have changed, or if the benefit was granted as a result of a material error;
  • the beneficiary made an incomplete or inaccurate declaration;
  • the beneficiary failed to inform the Fund, within a month, of a change in circumstances which might impact the benefit, or failed to comply with the summons sent by the National Solidarity Fund to review the conditions on granting of REVIS.

If, during the period for which the benefit was paid, the beneficiary had resources at their disposal which ought to have been taken into account in calculating the benefit amount, the unduly received amounts must be repaid either by the beneficiary themselves or their assignees. These sums may also be deducted from any payments still owing to the beneficiary.

The National Solidarity Fund may demand repayment of the social inclusion benefit from the third party responsible for the event which necessitated its payment.

Activation benefit

If, during the implementation of the activation plan, the National Solidarity Fund (FNS) learns that the eligibility criteria for the activation benefit are no longer met, it will stop paying the allowance from the first day of the month following that in which it became aware of the information.

Repayment of the activation benefit will be sought if and only if it was unduly received.


Penalties

The REVIS must be repaid if the beneficiary:

  • made inaccurate declarations; or
  • concealed important facts; or
  • neglected to inform the Fund of events after the benefit was awarded.
The unduly received monies must be repaid by the beneficiary or their assignees. They are deducted from the social inclusion benefit or from the instalments remaining to be paid to the beneficiary.

In addition, the entitlement to receive REVIS is withdrawn if the beneficiary:

  • has infringed the cooperation agreement signed with ADEM, or has refused to take part in one of the proposed employment activation programmes; or
  • has refused to cooperate with the National Office for Social Inclusion (Office national d'inclusion sociale - ONIS); or
  • has failed to comply with the summons sent by the National Solidarity Fund to review the conditions on granting of REVIS.

The amount of REVIS is temporarily reduced for persons for whom the ONIS notes any of the following on a recurring basis:

  • failure to comply with their commitments under their activation plan;
  • failure to comply with the schedule of actions set forth in their activation plan;
  • failure to take part in activation measures;
  • failure to comply with the terms of the agreement on "community work" or similar activation measures;
  • failure to attend, without justifiable reason, an appointment scheduled by the ONIS, after receiving notification to do so by registered letter.

If these behaviours are observed repeatedly, payment of REVIS may be temporarily suspended.

Appeal

Should they disagree with a decision made by the National Solidarity Fund, beneficiaries may appeal to the head of the Social Security Arbitration Tribunal within 40 days of notification of that decision.

The decision of the head of the Social Security Arbitration Tribunal may itself be appealed before the High Council of Social Security within the same time frame.

The decisions handed down by the Arbitration Tribunal and the High Council of Social Security may, again within 40 days, be appealed before the Court of Cassation.

Forms / Online services

Demande en obtention du revenu d’inclusion sociale (REVIS)

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Antrag auf Einkommen zur sozialen Eingliederung (REVIS)

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Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

Annexe à la demande REVIS

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Anhang zum REVIS-Antrag

Ihre in diesem Formular erfassten personenbezogenen Informationen werden von der zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörde verarbeitet, um Ihren Antrag erfolgreich abzuschließen.

Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

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