Living and working in Luxembourg for third-country nationals and their family members

Third-country nationals are required to complete certain administrative formalities in order to stay and work, if applicable, in Luxembourg.

The formalities to be completed in Luxembourg may vary depending on:

  • the duration of their stay;
  • the professional activity of the third-country national;
  • the family ties, where applicable.

Who is concerned

The formalities apply to the persons who intend to:

  • stay in Luxembourg;
  • work in Luxembourg (whether as an employee, self-employed worker or posted worker);
  • study or carry out an internship in Luxembourg;
  • carry out research work in Luxembourg.


In order to lawfully enter Luxembourg, certain third-country nationals have to hold an entry visa.

Third-country nationals who intend to stay in Luxembourg for more than 90 days are required to undergo a medical check.

How to proceed

Stay and work of less than 90 days

Third-country nationals who intend to stay and work in Luxembourg will need a temporary authorisation to stay and a work permit, where applicable.

Carrying out a salaried activity

Depending on the envisaged worker status, the third-country national has to apply for an:

Studies / Internship

Third-country nationals who intend to carry out an internship or study in Luxembourg are required to apply for a specific authorisation to stay.

Family members

Third-country nationals who are joining a family member who is himself an EU citizen lawfully established in Luxembourg benefit from simplified formalities.

Long-term stay

After 5 years of stay in Luxembourg, third-country nationals can apply for long-term resident status.

After 5 years of residence in Luxembourg, third-country nationals who are a family member of an EU citizen can under certain conditions gain the right of permanent residence and be granted a permanent residence permit.

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