Third-country nationals who have been staying in Luxembourg for at least 4 years can submit, under certain conditions, an application for authorisation to stay and specify the object of the application.
Who is concerned
2 categories of persons are concerned:
- the third-country national who has parental authority over a minor child who is living together with the third-country national and who has been continuously schooled in an establishment in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for at least 4 years, and where the third-country national is self-supporting and able to financially support his/her family members;
- the third-country national who has successfully completed continuous schooling for at least 4 years in a school establishment in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and who is submitting the application before the age of 21 and who can justify enough resources for self-support.
Third-country nationals must:
- not represent a threat to public order, security or health;
- not have provided false information regarding their identity;
- have been residing in Luxembourg during at least 4 years prior to the application;
- have parental authority over a child living with the third-country national in his/her household who has been schooled for at least 4 years in a school establishment in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, or is/has been successfully schooled in a continuous manner for at least 4 years in a school establishment in the Grand Duchy;
- meet the schooling conditions;
- provide proof of a real commitment to integration;
- not have evaded any deportation measures;
- be self-supporting and be able to provide support to his/her household, where applicable.
Third-country nationals who have been successfully and continuously schooled for at least 4 years in a school establishment in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg must submit their application before they reach the age of 21.
How to proceed
Application for an authorisation to stay
Third-country nationals who believe that they belong to one of these categories, even if they already reside in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, have to submit an application for authorisation to stay to the Immigration Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Proxy:third-country nationals may mandate a third party to submit the application in their place. In this case, the authorised representative, with the exception of attorneys, must provide proof of their mandate in the form of a written power of attorney, duly dated and signed by the principal. The signature must be preceded by the handwritten note 'bon pour procuration' ("good for proxy" or "power of attorney approved").
Minor third-country nationals will have to go through their legal guardian to submit the application.
The application for authorisation to stay must contain the applicant's identity details (surname(s), first name(s) and address) and be accompanied by the following documents and information:
- a copy of the valid passport, in its entirety;
- a recent copy of the criminal record.
- the last 4 school certificates;
- proof of integration (any document which attests to a real commitment of integration);
- proof of sufficient personal resources:
- for the third-country national who has parental authority: an employment contract, dated and signed, compliant with Luxembourg labour law and with at least the social minimum wage ;
- third-country nationals who have been schooled for at least 4 years in Luxembourg and who are less than 21 years of age: an employment contract, dated and signed, compliant with Luxembourg labour law and with the social minimum wage at least or a statement of financial support with regard to subsistence costs;
- proof of a declaration of vacant position with the National Employment Agency (ADEM);
- a curriculum vitae, where applicable;
- proof of professional qualification, where applicable;
- proof of suitable housing, not subsidised;
- where necessary, a proxy.
The documents enclosed must be originals or certified true copies (except for the passport where a plain copy will suffice). Should the authenticity of a document be in doubt, the Minister of Immigration can request that the document be authenticated by the appropriate local authority and legalised by the Embassy (or notarised with an apostille of The Hague).
If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, an official translation by a 'sworn translator' must be attached.
Processing the application
The decision will be taken based on the documents provided. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
The time required for a response from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is generally a maximum of 3 months. If no response is received within this time, the application is to be considered as rejected.
In case of a favourable reply, the third-country national receives a "temporary authorisation to stay", sent by post. This temporary authorisation to stay is valid for a duration of 90 days. During that time, the third-country national must:
- make a declaration of arrival at the commune at the place of residence if he/she is changing address in Luxembourg;
- take steps to obtain a residence permit.
Declaration of arrival
When entering Luxembourg, the third-country national must hold valid travel documents as well as the temporary authorisation to stay.
If the third-country national changes address in Luxembourg, he/she must make a declaration of arrival at the administration of the commune of the new place of residence and present:
- valid travel documents;
- the original copy of the temporary authorisation to stay;
- if applicable, a proof of address (e.g. rental contract, electricity bill, etc.).
The applicant will receive a copy of the declaration of arrival as a receipt.
This copy, accompanied by the authorization of stay, is worth of authorization of stay until the issue of a residence permit.
Residence permit application
Third-country nationals, or their proxy, must submit an application for a residence permit for third-country nationals to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
The following documents must be sent together with the residence permit application:
- a copy of their valid passport, in its entirety;
- a copy of the temporary authorisation to stay;
- a copy of the declaration of arrival established by the communal authority;
- proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL, beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européennes, Direction de l'Immigration; communication: titre de séjour dans le chef de [insert name here]).
- proof of suitable housing;
When the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment with the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in order to have their photograph and fingerprints taken, which will be incorporated into the residence permit. The applicant may also bring a recent photograph compliant with OACI/ICAO standards ('biometric passport standards').
A few days after the biometric data have been collected, the applicant can pick up the residence permit in person at the Immigration Directorate, by appointment.
The residence permit takes the form of a chip card containing the biometric data. The residence permit includes information about its holder (surname, first name, nationality, date and place of birth), as well as specific information about the residence permit (permit category, date of beginning and end of validity of the permit).
Certain residence permit categories include additional information in the field "observation".
Validity period and renewal
Period of validity of the residence permit
The residence permit is valid from the date of declaration of arrival at the commune.
The residence permit is valid for one year and can be renewed upon request provided that the conditions to obtain the permit are still met.
Please note: foreigners who intend to leave the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg for more than 6 months must return their residence permit to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and make a declaration of departure at the administration of the commune where they resided.
In order to renew a residence permit (renewal for private reasons or for salaried workers), the third-country national must apply to the Luxembourg Immigration Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes) within 2 months prior to the expiry date of the residence permit.
The specific application form for renewal of the residence permit must be submitted together with the following documents:
- a copy of their valid passport, in its entirety;
- a recent certificate of affiliation with the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre Commun de la Sécurité Sociale - CCSS) which must include all the third-country national's affiliations with the Luxembourg social security or a recent certificate certifying that the third-country national is a co-insured party for social security;
- a recent extract of their Luxembourg criminal record;
- proof of sufficient resources: or a proof of own sufficient resources (e.g. pension certificate, bank certificate issued by a Luxembourg banking institution, certificate issued by the Fonds national pour la solidarité, employment contract) or a statement of financial support issued by a guarantor residing in Luxembourg;
- proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL, beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Direction de l'Immigration; communication: titre de séjour dans le chef de [insert name here]).
Note: if the holder of a residence permit for "private reasons" also holds a permit for ancillary work activities, he must check whether the ancillary work permit expires at the same time as the residence permit. In that case, he must enclose a a copy of the valid work contract compliant with Luxembourg labour law, duly dated and signed with his application.
After 5 years of lawful and uninterrupted stay on the territory of Luxembourg, third-country nationals may submit an application for a long-term residence permit.
Loss, theft or damage to the residence permit
In case of loss, theft or deterioration of the residence permit, a specific procedure needs to be followed.
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