Temporary protection status is a specific protection status applied at EU level for people who have fled the war in Ukraine. It is available to anyone who was a resident of Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and who arrived in Luxembourg on or shortly before 24 February 2022.
Temporary protection is applicable to displaced persons from Ukraine since 24 February 2022 as a result of the military invasion by the Russian armed forces that began on that date, and who fall into one of the following categories:
To be eligible for temporary protection, the person must have been resident in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 and must have left the country since 24 February 2022, or shortly before (i.e. persons who fled Ukraine shortly before 24 February 2022, when tensions were rising, or who found themselves in the territory of the Union (e.g. on holiday or for professional reasons) just before that date and who, due to the armed conflict, are unable to return to Ukraine).
The following persons may be excluded from temporary protection:
All displaced persons arriving in Luxembourg from Ukraine are requested to contact the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs by submitting their personal details on a form.
The form is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Subsequently, in order to submit their application for temporary protection, the persons concerned will receive a summons with which they have to present themselves at the 'Ukraine Guichet Unique Enregistrement', located at 12-14, avenue Emile Reuter in Luxembourg, which is open every Thursday from 8.00 to 11.30. They must come in person, and present their identity documents.
Nationals of third countries other than Ukraine must provide additional documents proving that they had the right of residence in Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
When the application for temporary protection is submitted, the personal data of the applicant will be recorded. The conditions for granting temporary protection are also checked by the Immigration Directorate and identity checks are carried out by the Grand Ducal Police.
If the conditions for granting temporary protection are met, a temporary protection certificate is issued. This certificate allows its holder to remain on Luxembourg territory, but does not confer a right of residence in accordance with the legislation on the entry and residence of foreigners.
Temporary protection, which is granted in a first phase for an initial period of one year from the date of activation of the mechanism at European level, i.e. until 4 March 2023, has been extended until 4 March 2024.
Beneficiaries of temporary protection, residing in Luxembourg and holding a temporary protection certificate valid until 3 March 2023 are granted an extension of their protection status until 4 March 2024. In order to continue to benefit from the rights attached to temporary protection, the persons concerned must proceed to the renewal of their temporary protection certificate. In December 2022, a circular was sent to the persons concerned to inform them of the procedure to follow. Beneficiaries of temporary protection residing in Luxembourg whose temporary protection certificate expires on 3 March 2023 and who have not received such a circular are requested to contact the Directorate of Immigration at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The end date of the protection is indicated on the temporary protection certificate issued to the beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries of temporary protection are exempted from applying for a temporary work permit and can therefore freely access the Luxembourg labour market without the need for a specific permit, for as long as their temporary protection certificate is valid. The persons concerned can also register as job seekers with the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM).
Children also have the right to access the education system under the same conditions as Luxembourg nationals. School attendance is mandatory in Luxembourg between the ages of 4 and 16. Information on the schooling of children is available from the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse - MENEJ).
Beneficiaries of temporary protection have access to the material reception conditions of the National Reception Office (Office national de l’accueil - ONA), including accommodation, food and clothing, as well as a monthly allowance and access to medical care.
Beneficiaries of temporary protection may apply for family reunification with their family members who were granted temporary protection in another Member State as well as with their family members who have not yet entered the territory of a Member State.
Beneficiaries of temporary protection may renounce this protection at any time in order to return voluntarily to their country of origin. In this case, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will take the necessary measures to make this return possible.
Beneficiaries of temporary protection also have the possibility to apply for international protection at any time.