Last update 01.01.2020
The purpose of the Welcome and Integration Contract (Contrat d'accueil et d'intégration - CAI) is to foster integration and involvement of foreigners in the social, economic and political life of Luxembourg. This contract is concluded between the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region (Ministère de la Famille, de l'Intégration et à la Grande Région) and any foreigner who wishes to benefit from the measures provided for under the CAI. It is optional and is concluded for a maximum term of 2 years.
Foreigners who conclude a CAI contract are entitled to language training courses at a reduced rate, free citizenship education courses and an orientation day to facilitate their integration. In return, the beneficiary shall be able to support themselves financially, according to their skills and capabilities, and take part in societal life.
When requirements are met, the CAI contract can be acknowledged – under certain conditions – for obtaining the long-term resident status and the Luxembourgish nationality by option.
Who is concerned
The Welcome and Integration Contract (CAI) is available to any foreigner (EU and third-country nationals) who:
- is at least 16 years old;
- is not a Luxembourg national;
- legally resides in Luxembourg and wishes to settle here permanently.
The contract is made available to new arrivals but also to persons who have already been living in Luxembourg for several years.
How to proceed
Contacting the Integration Department
Anyone interested in concluding a CAI contract with the Luxembourg State must contact the Integration Department of the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region to obtain an appointment for an information and guidance session.
The following information must be provided:
- surname and first name;
- social security number;
- telephone number;
- postal address or email address;
- the language in which CAI information should be communicated.
The candidate should also specify whether an interpreter is required during the information session.
The information session
On the day of the information session, candidates must bring a document attesting to the legality of their stay in Luxembourg (residence card or permit, etc.).
The purpose of this 1 hour session is to inform the candidates of the provisions of the contract and consists of:
- a general presentation of the administrative contract;
- an interview to determine the candidate's linguistic profile;
- orientation towards a language course tailored to the candidate's abilities, and their personal and professional needs;
- general guidance for the candidate, followed by a request for an interview with a social worker, if required;
- a document listing the dates and locations of the formalities to be accomplished by the candidates.
The contract can be signed after the information session.
Once the contract is signed, the contracting person will be able to attend language and citizenship-education courses, and to take part in orientation-day events intended to facilitate their integration.
Candidates who have signed a CAI contract with the Luxembourg State are offered language training at a reduced rate so that they can attain at least Basic User Level proficiency (A.1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in one or more of the three administrative languages of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish, French, or German). They may also attend literacy classes.
If the candidate has already attained A.1.1. proficiency in German, French or Luxembourgish, they may attend classes to further develop their proficiency in the language in question, or choose a language in which they have not yet attained basic-level proficiency.
The courses are provided under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse), and candidates may choose among approved courses offered by communes, associations, secondary schools, and the National Institute for Languages (Institut national des langues - INL).
The skills acquired at the end of the courses are evaluated in a detailed skills assessment report issued by the training organization.
Attendance is compulsory and is documented in an attendance certificate issued by the training organization.
This free course is provided jointly by the Integration Department of the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region and the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, in partnership with communes and secondary schools.
The purpose of the citizenship education course is to provide candidates with information on Luxembourg institutions, and the basic conditions of community life in Luxembourg.
The course is at least 6 hours long, and is divided into several sessions. It is delivered in German, English, French, Luxembourgish and Portuguese.
The Department of Adult Education (Service de la formation des adultes) certifies candidates' attendance in the course.
'Orientation Days' are held at least twice a year. They are half-day events and are free.
These events provide an opportunity for CAI contract signatories to:
- learn more about the administrative formalities and citizenship initiatives that could facilitate their integration in the Luxembourg;
- visit exhibition stands where they can receive guidance and advice on access to public services;
- attend presentations given by representatives of the private and public sectors and civil society.
Signatories' attendance at these events is attested to by a certificate issued by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region.
The end of the CAI contract
At the end of the CAI contract, the Integration Department will verify whether the signatory has met the requirements of the contract.
The contract is considered fulfilled when the signatory has participated in the different courses and events within 2 years of the entry into force of the contract.
If, for reasons the Integration Department considers legitimate, the signatory has not fulfilled their obligations by the end of the contract, they may conclude a new contract, which will only apply to those obligations that were not fulfilled within the scope of the first contract.
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