Staying in Luxembourg to find a job or start a business after the research work

Last update 25.10.2018

After completing their research work or their mobility, third-country nationals may stay in Luxembourg to seek employment or start a business.

They must then apply for a residence permit for the purposes of job search or business creation, before the expiry of the residence permit as a researcher or the end of the mobility of the researcher in Luxembourg.

Please note that in the case where the researcher leaves Luxembourg at the end of their mobility for research purposes, the residence permit must be applied for in the first EU Member State where the researcher started off.

Who is concerned

The residence permit for job search or business creation purposes may be requested by:

  • researchers who already have a valid residence permit for researchers in Luxembourg and whose validity has not yet expired;
  • researchers who have a valid and not yet expired residence permit for researchers in their first EU Member State and who are in Luxembourg for their mobility project.  

Prerequisites

The residence permit for job search or business creation purposes can only be obtained if the third-country researcher has successfully completed their research activities in Luxembourg.  

Deadlines

Applications for residence permits for the purpose of a job search or a business creation must be submitted 30 days prior to the expiry of the residence permit for researchers or the end of the mobility period at the latest.  

Costs

A residence permit can only be issued to a third-country national if said person has paid the issuance fee of EUR 80.

The tax must be paid into the CCPL account no. LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Direction de l'immigration; Communication: titre de séjour dans le chef de 'insert your name here').  

How to proceed

Filing an application

The third-country researcher must submit a written application for a residence permit for the purpose of finding employment or starting a business to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Supporting documents

They must state their identity (surname(s) and first name(s)), as well as the exact address in their country of residence, and add the following documents to their application:

  • a certified copy of their valid passport, in its entirety;
  • a recent extract from the criminal record in Luxembourg;
  • proof that they have successfully completed their research work in Luxembourg;
  • proof of comprehensive health insurance valid in Luxembourg (travel insurance);
  • proof that they have sufficient resources to cover living expenses during their stay, and their return trip. Their monthly resources must amount to at least 80 % of the level of the guaranteed minimum income in force in Luxembourg. The following may be used as proof:
    • a bank certificate; or
    • an undertaking to provide financial support by a guarantor living in Luxembourg;
  • proof of payment/bank transfer of EUR 80 for the issuance fee;
  • where necessary, a proxy.
Proxy: third-country nationals may mandate a third party (e.g. the research institute) to submit the application in their place. In this case, the proxy holder, 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).

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 that it bear a Hague Convention apostille).

If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, an official translation by a certified translator must be attached.

Application processing time

If the proof that the researcher successfully completed their research is not available at the time the application is submitted, the applicant obtains a receipt which certifies the submission of the application and authorises their stay in the country for a period of 3 months, allowing them time to introduce the proof of successful completion of their research activities.

Once the application file is complete, the Immigration Directorate takes its decision within 90 days.

If the information or supporting documents provided are insufficient or incomplete, applicants may be given a reasonable period of time in which to submit any further information required. The 90-day deadline will then be suspended until the required documents or information are received within the set deadline. Should the additional information or documentation fail to be supplied within the deadlines set, the application may be rejected.

If approved, applicants obtain a residence permit for personal reasons with the wording ''recherche d'emploi ou création d'entreprises" (job search or business creation).

Where applicable, the residence permit of the researcher's family member will be renewed for the same period of time.

Validity period

Residence permits for personal reasons containing the wording 'job search or business creation' are valid for a period of 9 months.

Before the expiry of their residence permit for job search or business creation purposes, applicants must submit an application for an authorisation to stay:

The salaried or self-employed work must be in relation with their academic background.

Should applicants return to their country of origin without having applied for an authorisation to stay prior to the expiry date of their residence permit for researchers or for mobility work, they will become subject to the standard immigration rules when they return to Luxembourg in order to carry out salaried or self-employed work.

Once a residence permit has been issued

In principle, third-country nationals are no longer obliged to appear before the administration of their commune of residence to make a declaration of arrival, insofar as they are already resident in Luxembourg.

If, however, they move house during the course of the procedure, they will have to file a declaration of arrival in the new commune of residence.  

Forms / Online services

Stay in Luxembourg after the research activity in order to pursue a salaried or independent activity - Explanatory note

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.

Séjour au Luxembourg après l'activité de recherche afin d'y exercer une activité salariée ou indépendante - note explicative

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.

Power of attorney (Mandate convention)

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.

Procuration - convention de mandat

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.

Financial statement of support for a researcher

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.

Attestation de prise en charge d'un chercheur

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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