Concluding a Welcome and Integration Contract

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From 1 January 2024, the law of 23 August 2023 on intercultural living together comes into force. It provides for the implementation of the citizens' pact (Biergerpakt) and the Intercultural Living Together Programme. It is aimed at all people of legal age who live or work in Luxembourg.
This means that from 1 January 2024, it will no longer be possible to sign the Welcome and Integration Contract (Contrat d’accueil et d’intégration - CAI). However, the services provided under the contract signed before this date will continue after 31 December 2023. You can find all information about the CAI here.

The welcome and integration contract (Contrat d'accueil et d'intégration - CAI) is a voluntary integration programme for non-Luxembourgish residents. It is made available by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Solidarity, Living Together and Reception of Refugees and aims to facilitate the integration of signatories and their active participation in life in Luxembourg.

Who is concerned?

The welcome and integration contract is intended for foreigners who:

  • are aged 16 or over;
  • do not have Luxembourg nationality;
  • legally reside on the territory of Luxembourg.

How to proceed

Benefits of the Welcome and Integration Contract

The signatories of the Welcome and Integration Contract are eligible for the following benefits:

  • discount vouchers for language courses to learn one of the country's official languages (Luxembourgish, German, French). The objective is to reach at least the level A1.1 in one of these languages;
  • a 6-hour civic education course on the history, traditions, values and intercultural living together in Luxembourg;
  • an orientation day which allows participants to become familiar with:
    • numerous administrative procedures and official bodies; and
    • citizen participation in Luxembourg.

Interested signatories also have the possibility to participate in various optional modules on integration topics.

The validation of the Welcome and Integration Contract

The contract is considered fulfilled when the signatory has participated in the agreed courses and events within 2 years of the entry into force of the contract.

The contract comes into force on the day on which the first service provided under the contract begins.

Signatories, who have not completed the contract for a legitimate reason recognised by the Integration Department at the end of the contract period, may enter into a new contract (an addendum) with the Integration Department. This second contract is only for the validation of the remaining courses or events not completed during the initial contract period.

After validation of all the CAI's courses and events, the signatories receive a final certificate.

The completion of the CAI can be taken into account - under certain conditions - for:

  • obtaining long-term resident status; and
  • for applications to acquire nationality by option.

Who to contact

Integration Department - Welcome and Integration Contract (CAI)

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