Staying in Luxembourg to find a job or start a business after completing your studies

Last update 24.10.2018

After completing their studies, third-country nationals may stay in Luxembourg to look for a job or start a business.

They must then apply for a residence permit for the purposes of finding a job or setting up a business, before the expiry of their student residence permit or the end of their mobility scheme in Luxembourg.

Please note that in the case where the student leaves Luxembourg at the end of their studies in the context of a mobility scheme, the student must apply for a residence permit in the first EU Member State where they started their studies.

Who is concerned

Students looking for work or starting a business

Students looking for work or starting a business must apply for a residence permit for the purposes of finding a job or setting up a business;

Such a residence permit may be requested by:

Students who have found a job or have a concrete business start-up plan

Students who have already found a job or who already have a concrete business start-up plan may apply for a residence permit for employees or self-employed workers using a simplified procedure.

Only students staying in Luxembourg on a student residence permit may apply for residence permits for employees or self-employed workers: students on mobility schemes are not affected.

Prerequisites

Third-country students can stay on in Luxembourg to look for a job or set up a business only if:

  • they have successfully passed their higher education diploma, leading to a Masters degree; or
  • they have successfully defended their research PhD thesis in Luxembourg.

Deadlines

Applications for residence permits to look for a job or set up a business must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiry of student residence permits or the end of mobility schemes.

Applications for residence permits for employees or self-employed workers must also be made prior to the expiry of student residence permits.
 

Costs

Residence permits for the purposes of finding a job or setting up a business can only be issued to third-country nationals who have paid an EUR 80 issuance fee.

The fee must be paid into CCPL account No. LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (recipient: Ministère des affaires étrangères et européennes, Direction de l’immigration; Reference: titre de séjour dans le chef de 'insert your name here').

Students who have already found a job or who have a concrete business start-up plan must also pay an EUR 80 issuance fee to obtain a residence permit for employees or self-employed workers.
 

How to proceed

Filing an application

Third-country students must contact the Immigration Directorate (Direction de l’immigration), in writing, to apply for a residence permit to find a job or set up a business or for a residence permit for employees or self-employed workers.

Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiry of student residence permits or the end of mobility schemes.

Employed or self-employed work must relate to the students' academic education.

Supporting documents

For residence permits to find a job or set up a business

Third-country nationals must state their identity (surname(s) and first name(s)) and enclose the following documents with their applications:

  • a copy of their full valid passport;
  • a recent extract from their criminal record compiled in Luxembourg;
  • proof of successful completion of a higher education diploma leading to a Masters degree, or proof that a PhD research thesis has been successfully defended in Luxembourg;
  • proof that they have sufficient resources to cover living expenses during their stay, and their return trip. Monthly resources must amount to at least 80% of the current guaranteed minimum income in Luxembourg. The following may be used as proof:
    • a certificate of scholarship or student loan stating the amount and its duration; or
    • a bank certificate; or
    • an undertaking to provide financial support (formal obligation) by a guarantor living in Luxembourg;
  • proof of payment/wire transfer of the EUR 80 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 legal counsels, 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 it 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 written in English, French or German, an official translation by a sworn translator must be attached.

For residence permits for employees and self-employed workers

The various supporting documents to be submitted with applications for residence permits for employees or self-employed workers are listed in the residence permit information sheets:

Application processing time

For residence permits for finding a job or setting up a business

If proof that students have successfully completed their studies is not yet available when the application is submitted, applicants obtain a receipt showing that their applications have been submitted and authorising them to stay in Luxembourg for a period of 3 months, thereby enabling them to submit evidence that they have successfully completed their studies (Masters or PhD).

Once all the information is complete, the Immigration Directorate makes 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 are received within the deadline set. 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 'finding a job or setting up a business'.

For residence permits for employees and self-employed workers

The time required for a response from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is generally a maximum of 4 months.

If no response is received within this time, the applicant can consider that their application has been denied.

Validity period

For residence permits for personal reasons containing the wording "recherche d'emploi" ('finding a job') or "création d'entreprise" ('setting up a business')

Residence permits for personal reasons for the purpose of 'finding a job or setting up a business' are valid for a period of 9 months.

Before their residence permits for the purposes of finding a job or setting up a business expire, applicants must apply for authorisation to stay on:

Employed or self-employed work must relate to the student's academic education.

Should applicants return to their country of origin without having applied for an authorisation to stay prior to their student residence permit or mobility scheme expiring, they will once again be subject to ordinary immigration rules when they return to Luxembourg to carry out employed or self-employed work.

For residence permits for employees and self-employed workers

Periods of validity of residence permits for employees or self-employed workers, as well as the terms of their renewal, are listed in residence permit information sheets:

Employed or self-employed work must relate to the student's prior academic training.

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, 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

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.

Exercising an employed or self-employed activity after graduation

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.

Exercice d'une activité salariée ou indépendante après l'obtention du diplôme final - 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.

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