Staying in Luxembourg for more than 3 months as a third-country national posted by a business established outside the EU

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In order to post workers to Luxembourg, a business established outside the EU must first apply for an authorisation for collective posting to the General Department of immigration of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Third-country workers staying in Luxembourg during their posting must:

  • Step 1: before entering the country:
    • have a temporary authorisation to stay issued by the General Department of immigration;
    • be in possession of a valid passport;
    • request, where necessary, a type D visa after having obtained the temporary authorisation to stay.
  • Step 2: after entering the country:
    • make a declaration of arrival within 3 days of arrival in their new commune of residence;
    • plus, in the event of a stay exceeding 3 months, undergo a medical check and apply for a residence permit for third-country national workers.

Who is concerned?

A third-country worker posted to Luxembourg by a service provider established outside the EU must have an authorisation to stay before he can enter Luxembourg.

The employer must apply for an authorisation for collective posting before his employees can receive an authorisation to stay.

Cross-border service providers established in the EU are not concerned: they may post their workers to Luxembourg without prior authorisation and without taking into account the workers' nationality provided said workers are legally and normally employed by the business.

Prerequisites

The temporary posting must take place under a contract (for the provision of services) concluded between the posting business and the recipient of the provision of services who is carrying out his activity in Luxembourg.

A posted worker is a worker who:

  • usually works abroad;
  • works on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg;
  • during the fixed period of time as stated in the services contract.

The posted worker is sent to Luxembourg for a limited period of time in a subordinate relationship with the posting business.

The period of time is determined:

  • depending on the duration, the frequency, periodicity and continuity of the provision of services; and
  • in relation to the nature of the activity which is the subject of the posting.

Preliminary steps

A business established outside the EU must first obtain a business permit.

Posted third-country workers must meet the following requirements:

  • hold a valid passport;
  • be associated with the business by a permanent employment contract;
  • have started working for the business at least 6 months before the posting;
  • check whether or not they require a visa to enter the Schengen area.

How to proceed

Step 1: before entering the country

Collective or individual authorisations for posted work

Before the posted workers can come to Luxembourg, the employer must apply for a authorisation to post workers (authorisation for collective posting + individual temporary authorisation to stay) to the General Department of immigration at the Ministry of Home Affairs and indicate:

  • the identities of the workers to be posted;
  • the nature and duration of work to be carried out;
  • the exceptional circumstances keeping the national employment market unaffected.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • with regard to the business:
    • the contract concluded between the service provider and the recipient of the services;
    • the business permit;
  • with regard to each worker to be posted:
    • a copy of their valid passport, in its entirety;
    • a recent extract from the criminal record or a sworn affidavit established in their country of residence;
    • a curriculum vitae;
    • proof of health and accident insurance valid for the duration of the posting;
    • a copy of the permanent employment contract, dated and signed by the posted worker and the posting company (the contract must have taken effect at least 6 months prior to the beginning of the posting);
    • a copy of the posting agreement / mission order signed by the posting company and the posted worker.

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.

In principle, the authorisation is granted for the effective duration foreseen for the completion of the services.

The business posting the employees will receive the authorisation for collective posting as well as the individual temporary authorisation to stay for the posted workers.

Passport and visa

Before travelling and leaving the country of origin, the salaried worker subject to a visa must provide the temporary authorisation to stay and complete the visa type D application at the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular mission in his country of residence or, failing this, at the embassy or consulate of the country in the Schengen area which represents Luxembourg with regard to the issuance of visas (Belgium or the Netherlands).

The visa, valid for a maximum period of 3 months, is affixed in the passport in the form of a seal.

If the applicant's passport is due to expire in less than 6 months, it should be renewed before coming to Luxembourg.

If the non-EU national has a valid residence permit for family members of an EU citizen or a valid residence permit issued by another EU Member State, the visa is not required.

Step 2: after entering the country

Declaration of arrival

Third-country nationals must come to Luxembourg with valid travel documents (passport and visa, where required) within 90 days of issuance of the temporary authorisation to stay.

Within 3 days of arrival in Luxembourg, they must make a declaration of arrival to the administration of the commune where they intend to take up residence, presenting:

  • a valid travel document (passport and, where applicable, a visa or a residence permit issued by another EU Member State);
  • the original individual temporary authorisation to stay;
  • a valid proof of address (i.e.: rental agreement, electricity bill, etc.), where applicable.

The applicant will receive a copy of the declaration of arrival.

The copy of the declaration of arrival together with the authorisation to stay are valid as a work permit and authorisation to stay for a maximum period of 90 days from the date of declaration of arrival.

Medical check

Non-EU national workers wishing to stay in Luxembourg for more than 3 months must undergo a medical check for foreigners as soon as possible which consists in:

  • a medical examination by a doctor established in Luxembourg and authorised to work as a general practitioner, a practitioner specialised in internal medicine or pediatrics; and
  • a tuberculosis (TB) screening performed at a medical analysis laboratory (with a prescription from the doctor who performed the medical examination) or at the Health and Social Welfare League (Ligue médico-sociale - LMS), for any person aged 2 years and over; and
  • a tuberculosis screening using a tuberculin test at the Health and Social Welfare League (LMS) for children aged between 2 months and 2 years.

Following the results of these examinations, the Immigration Medical Department (SMI) of the Health Directorate will issue a medical certificate which will be sent to the General Department of immigration for the purpose of processing the application for a residence permit.

Residence permit application

Third-country nationals wishing to stay for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit for posted workers to the General Department of immigration within 3 months of their arrival in Luxembourg.

Applications for a residence permit can be submitted online using MyGuichet.lu or by post using a special form (see 'Online services and forms').

Submitting the application online

The application for a residence permit is available on MyGuichet.lu. The online procedure can be completed:

  • with authentication using:
    • a LuxTrust product (e.g. Smartcard, Signing stick or Token); or
    • an electronic identity card (eID); or
  • without authentication.

The supporting documents indicated below must be attached to the online application.

Submitting the application by post

If the application is submitted by post, the application form and the supporting documents listed hereafter must be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • a copy of their valid passport, in its entirety;
  • a copy of the declaration of arrival issued by the communal administration;
  • proof of suitable housing (rental agreement, property deed, etc.);
  • proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL, beneficiary: Ministry of Home Affairs, General Department of immigration; communication: residence permit for...).

When the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment with the General Department of immigration of the Ministry of Home 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 has been collected, the applicant can pick up the residence permit in person at the General Department of immigration, by appointment.

The residence permit takes the form of a chip card containing the biometric data. It also contains the work permit.

Validity period and renewal

Validity period of the residence permit

The residence permit for 'posted workers' is only valid:

  • for the duration of the posting at the most;
  • for the employer who applied for the authorisation for posted work.

If the posted worker wishes to carry out another activity than the one he was posted for, he must apply for a residence permit for third-country national salaried worker.

Renewal procedure

The posting business must submit a duly justified application for renewal to the General Department of immigration at the latest 2 months before the authorisation for posted work expires and attach:

  • the indication of the duration of the posting;
  • the justification for the extension of posted work applied for;
  • a copy of the addendum to the contract concluded between the posting business and the recipient of the services.

It is only under duly justified exceptional circumstances that an extension can be granted and only if the original provision of services could not be terminated within the initial deadline.

The posting business must also apply for the renewal of the authorisation to stay of the posted workers. The application for renewal must be submitted to the General Department of immigration at the latest 2 months prior to the expiry date of the authorisation to stay, accompanied by:

In order to renew a residence permit, third country nationals must apply to the General Department of immigration within 2 months prior to the expiry date of the residence permit. The application can be made in the same way as for the residence permit application, as described above, i.e. online via MyGuichet.lu or by post using a specific form (see 'Online services and forms'). It must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a full copy of the valid passport;
  • a copy of the permanent employment contract duly dated and signed by the posted worker and the posting business;
  • a social security registration certificate issued in the country of origin or Luxembourg;
  • a recent extract from the criminal record in Luxembourg;
  • proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL, beneficiary: Ministry of Home Affairs, General Department of immigration; communication: residence permit for...).

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.

Online services and forms

Online services

Downloadable forms

Who to contact

General Department of immigration - Department for foreigners

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
    Email address:
    info@contern.lu
    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<