Luxembourg Work Visa Process 2024 (For Third Country Nationals)

This Guideline is for the third country nationals who are not residents of Europe. Get to know about the Luxembourg Work Visa, types of work visas, and the common application process for third-country nationals. To work in Luxembourg you need a long-stay visa (D) for more than 90 days that allows you to work. It is also known as national visas and are issued for one year and can be extended. Luxembourg is the richest country in the world when measured by (GDP) per capita. High salaries and social benefits. As a national of a third country (non-European), you need a Job offer, work authorization, and a Long Stay Visa.

Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries with only 653,103 population (as of 22nd May 2024). If you’re a citizen of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, you don’t require a work visa to work in Luxembourg. Luxembourg offers long-stay work visas for work, self-employed, intra-company transfer, and Highly Qualified Workers (EU Blue Card). Different conditions apply for each role. The process of applying for a long-stay visa and the types of Luxembourg work permits are given below.

Types of Luxemburg Long Stay Work Visa

Third-country nationals can apply for the Long Stay (D) Visa for work. The types of work visas are:

  • Salaried Workers: This is the most common type of work visa, ideal for those with a valid employment contract with a Luxembourg company.
  • Highly Qualified Workers (EU Blue Card): This targets professionals with specific skills and qualifications in high demand.
  • Transferred Salaried Workers: This caters to individuals transferring within the same company to a Luxembourg branch.
  • Posted Salaried Workers: This is for temporary assignments to Luxembourg by a company located in another country.
  • Seasonal Worker: This visa is for those employed for a specific seasonal activity, like tourism or agriculture.
  • Self-Employed Person: This applies to individuals who want to establish and run their own business in Luxembourg.
  • Sportspeople and Coaches: This caters to professional athletes and coaches coming to work in Luxembourg.

Get a Temporary Authorization to stay

If you have been offered a Job in Luxembourg that is longer than three months, you will go through the long-stay visa. The process involves the following steps:

  • Before Entering the Country:
    • Apply for temporary authorization to stay at the General Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Home Affairs. (This step is usually done by the employer).
    • After the approval of the Temporary Authorization, you can apply for a type D visa at the nearest embassy/consulate of Luxembourg in your home country.
  • After entering Luxemburg:

Requirements of a Work Visa

  • Have a Job offer from Luxembourg.
  • Have a valid work contract with an employer in Luxembourg.
  • Your employer must register your right of employment at the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l’emploi – ADEM).
  • Clean Criminal Record.
  • Employment Contract with all necessary details.
  • Valid Passport.
  • Visa application form.
  • Health Insurance.
  • Bank Statement.
  • Copy of your educational documents.

Application Process of a Luxembourg Work Visa

  1. Temporary Authorization: The first step involves applying for a temporary authorization to stay in Luxembourg (“authorization de séjour temporaire”) through the Immigration Directorate. This application must be submitted and approved before you arrive in Luxembourg.
  2. D Visa Application: Once you receive the temporary authorization, you can apply for the D visa at the Luxembourg consulate in your home country.
  3. Find the Luxembourg diplomatic and consular missions and select your country to find the visa process, visa application forms, fees, and requirements.
  4. Local Registration: Upon arrival in Luxembourg, register your presence with the local administration office within three working days.
  5. Medical Examination: Undergo a medical examination as required by the authorities.
  6. Residence Permit Application: Submit your application for a residence permit (“titre de séjour”) within three months of arrival.

Luxembourg Temporary Residence Permit

If you want to stay for longer than one year you must apply for a temporary residence permit, which is issued for up to five years.

Luxembourg Permanent Residence Permit

After staying for five years legally in Luxembourg, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.

Useful Links

Conclusion: This is the general guideline on how you can apply for the Luxembourg Work Visa as a third-country national. For up-to-date information please always follow the Guidelines mentioned on the Luxembourg Immigration website for the common process for all third-country nationals.


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