Staying and/or working in Luxembourg as an EU citizen

All nationals of European Union (EU) Member States or of countries treated as such are entitled to free circulation within the EU, giving them the right to work and live anywhere in the EU.

The formalities to be complied with depend on whether or not the stay exceeds 3 months:

  • for a stay of less than 3 months (tourism, family visit, business trip, professional activity, etc.), EU nationals do not have to comply with any formalities. They simply have to hold a valid national identity card or passport;
  • for a stay of more than 3 months, EU nationals must hold a valid national identity card or passport and:
    • make a declaration of arrival within 8 days of arrival in Luxembourg, at the offices of the authorities of the commune where they intend to take up residence;
    • fill in a registration certificate for EU nationals at the latest 3 months after their arrival.

Who is concerned

This concerns nationals of EU Member States or countries treated as such who want to stay in Luxembourg as:

  • employees;
  • self-employed workers;
  • non-working persons with proof of sufficient financial means of subsistence;
  • students registered in an approved public or private education establishment in Luxembourg;
  • family members (themselves EU nationals) of another EU national or a national from a country treated as such, i.e.:
    • the spouse or registered partner of the EU citizen (or national of a country treated as such) or partner whose lasting relationship has been duly acknowledged although not officially registered.
      The lasting nature of the relationship is acknowledged if the couple has legally lived together for an uninterrupted period of at least one year prior to the application or if they have a child together;
    • the direct descendants (children) of the EU national, or those of his/her spouse/partner, who are under 21 years of age or under the care of the EU national;
    • the direct ascendants (parents) of the EU national, or those of his/her spouse/partner, who are under the care of the EU national.

Any other family member not covered by the categories above may be authorised to reside in Luxembourg if:

  • in their country of provenance, he/she was under the care or member of the household of the EU national, or;
  • if the EU national is obliged to personally take care of the family member in question due to serious health problems.

If the national of an EU Member State or a country treated as such is a student, the family members that can join him/her are limited to:

  • the spouse/registered partner;
  • the children under his/her care.

Applications for children under the age of 10 may be made in their absence by their legal representative.

Prerequisites

Nationals of an EU Member State or a country treated as such must, when planning their journey, hold a valid national identity card or passport.

The following countries are treated as European Union Member States:

  • Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as signatories of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement;
  • the Swiss Confederation.

How to proceed

Staying for less than 90 days

Nationals of an EU country or of a country treated as such, as well as their family members (also nationals of an EU country or of a country treated as such), who wish to come to Luxembourg for a stay of less than 3 months (tourism, family visit, business trip, professional activity, etc.) do not have to carry out any procedures.

They merely have to hold a valid national identity card or passport.

Staying for more than 90 days

EU nationals wishing to stay for more than 90 days must declare their arrival and register at their new commune of residence.

If the various documents required by the commune are not in German, French or English, a certified true translation by a sworn translator must be attached.

Entering Luxembourg: declaration of arrival

Within 8 days of their arrival in Luxembourg, EU citizens must make a declaration of arrival at the administration of the commune where they intend to establish residence, and present:

  • a valid national identity card or passport;
  • a family record book or a certificate of marriage or partnership;
  • the children's birth certificates;
  • where applicable, the declaration of departure issued by the communal administration of the former commune of residence.

After having made a declaration of arrival in the commune, they can request a certificate of residence.

Following entry into the country: the registration certificate

EU nationals must also fill in a registration form at the offices of the same communal authorities, at the latest 90 days after their arrival in Luxembourg.

The registration form must be accompanied by the documents corresponding to the relevant category:

  • for salaried workers:
    • a copy of their valid national identity card or passport;
    • an employment contract (permanent, fixed-term or interim), dated and signed by both parties, or a commitment to hire, dated and signed by the future employer.
A secondary activity (less than 10 hours per week) is not sufficient to receive an authorisation to stay for salaried worker.
  • for self-employed workers:
    • a copy of their valid national identity card or passport;
    • where applicable, a copy of their business permit or a copy of the letter from the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship certifying that a business permit is not required for the activity carried out;
    • where applicable, a copy of the licence to practice a self-employed activity (doctor, physiotherapist, etc.);
    • where applicable, a service provider contract.
  • for non-working persons:
    • a copy of their valid national identity card or passport;
    • a declaration or proof of sufficient resources to avoid dependency on the social welfare system. Proof of sufficient resources may be documented by proof of an old-age or disability pension, a bank certificate, a certificate of support (accompanied with the last 3 salary slips of the person standing surety or a document certifying his monthly revenue), wages or benefits paid by another Member State, etc.;
    • proof that they and their families are affiliated to a health insurance scheme. This health insurance must cover all risks in Luxembourg (hospital costs, transport/ambulance, medical costs, etc.). The insurance may be taken out with a private insurance company and may also be taken out in another Member State.
Persons who receive a pension may only declare themselves as non-working persons if their pension is at least equal to the social minimum wage or at least EUR 500 if they do not need to pay for accommodation.
  • for students:
    • a copy of their valid national identity card or passport;
    • proof of registration with an approved public or private institution in Luxembourg;
    • a declaration or proof of sufficient resources to avoid dependency on the social welfare system. Students may provide any means of proof showing they have sufficient resources. An oral declaration is also permitted;
    • proof of affiliation to health insurance.
EU nationals who live in Luxembourg but study in a neighbouring country must apply for an authorisation to stay as a non-working person.
  • for family members of EU citizens, themselves EU citizens:

    • a copy of their valid national identity card or passport;

    • a certificate proving the bond of marriage, a registered partnership, family ties or the lasting relationship;

    • a copy of the registration certificate of the EU national they are joining (or a residence certificate for a Luxembourg citizen);

    • for dependent ascendants or descendants: any document proving that the head of the family is responsible for the applicant (e.g. : tax return, invoices relating to the child's schooling if he/she is over 21 years of age, invoices relating to keeping the person in the family home, etc.).

When submitting his/her registration form, the applicant immediately receives a registration certificate on which his/her surnames, first names, precise address, date of registration and registration declaration number are stated (no photo or indication of nationality).

After having resided officially for an uninterrupted period of 5 years in Luxembourg, nationals of an EU Member State (or of a country treated as such) and members of their family who are also nationals of an EU Member State (or of a country treated as such) may submit an application for a permanent residence permit to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Direction de l’Immigration du Ministère des Affaires étrangères).

Loss, theft or damage of the permit

In the event of loss or theft of the registration certificate, the EU citizen must submit an application for replacement and join a copy of an ID card/passport and the declaration of theft/loss established by the police.

In the event of damage to the registration certificate, the EU citizen must submit an application for replacement and join a copy of an ID card/passport and the damaged registration certificate.

Forms / Online services

Déclaration d'enregistrement - citoyen de l'Union ou pays assimilé

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Formal obligation

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Engagement de prise en charge

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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