Last Updated: September 24, 2021
Luxembourg Work Visa
Luxembourg is a country in Europe where individuals will be able to work and live their lives in the safety the place provides. The minimum wage offered in this country is one of the highest provided anywhere in the world which attracts foreign individuals to visit the country and stay as long as they can. Individuals who are EU citizens will not require work visas to live or work in the country. This is the same for residents of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. People coming from third-world countries outside of the European Union will require a work visa or a residence permit to live and work in the country.
Types of Work Visa
Third-country nationals who wish to apply for a Luxembourg work visa will be able to do so under two programs/regimes depending on their qualification. The two programs are called the Blue Card Regime and the Salaried Worker Regime. The Blue Card Regime is for highly qualified workers who wish to migrate to Europe whereas the Salaried Worker Regime applies to workers of all qualifications that fall outside the Blue Card Regime. The latter is entirely dependent on the employer hiring the candidate. The procedures of applying for both regimes are essentially different.
There are three kinds of work visas candidates can take while moving into Luxembourg. The types are based on the duration of stay and nature of visit with the nationality of the candidate determining whether or not they need the visa. The different types of work visas provided in Luxembourg are-
Short Stay (visa C)
This visa allows individuals to stay in the Schengen area for a duration of 3 months/90 days if it is an uninterrupted stay or 90-180 days if they are staying in stages. It is used by people who are coming in for business trips, conferences, meetings, and even family visits. Individuals with this visa will not be able to do paid work in the country
but will be able to attend business meetings and conferences.
Long Stay Visa (visa D)
This visa allows people coming in from other countries for work, education, or even settling in the country permanently. The validity of the visa is for a duration that is more than 3 months and is for candidates who will be salaried or self-employed workers, highly qualified workers, and students. The procedure of application for this visa will vary according to the planned activity the candidate wishes to do in the country. The procedure is different for-
- salaried workers
- self-employed workers
- highly qualified worker
- private reasons
- au pair
EU Blue Card
This visa allows third-country nationals who are highly skilled laborers to stay and work for over 3 months in the country. Though it is similar to a Temporary Residence Permit, the EU Blue card has a longer validity for up to 4 years in all. Candidates who get the EU Blue card will be able to get permanent residence if they maintain their jobs. Not all those who apply will be able to get an EU Blue Card. Due to labor shortages within Europe, the focus is now on people with professions in Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences, Technology, and Medical Sciences
Who Needs to Apply for the Work Visa?
Non-EU/EEA citizens who wish to work in Luxembourg are the people who will require a work visa to live and work in the country. This implies that members of the EU state and countries like Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland do not require authorization to stay and work in the country.
Cost of a Luxembourg Work Visa
The cost of the work visa varies from visa to visa. Candidates who are between the age of 6 and 12 will only have to pay a fee of EUR 40. The nationals of the following countries will have to pay a reduced fee (EUR 35) for their work visa-
- Republic of North Macedonia
The fee for the different kinds of visa has been mentioned in the table below.
|Airport Transit Visa||EUR 80|
|Short Stay Visa||EUR 80|
|Long Stay Visa||EUR 50|
The candidates who will not
have a visa fee if they apply are-
- Children below 6 years
- Researchers from third countries coming for scientific research
- NGO representatives below age 25 participating in seminars/conferences/sports/events
- Family members of EU/EEA national
Steps to Apply for a Short Stay Work Visa (C)
Candidates who wish to live and work in Luxembourg will have to apply for the visa themselves with the help of their employer. They will have to apply to the Immigration Directorate before they leave their country. The application must be sent in 15 calendar days before the date of visit and should not be sent earlier than 6 months before the visit.
Step 1- Collect Documents Necessary
Since the application for the visa has to be personally done by the candidate, candidates need to collect the necessary documents stated on the official website before they start applying.
Step 2- Procure Schengen Visa Application and Attach Documents
The documents that had been previously collected must be attached with the Schengen visa application along with 2 recent and identical identity photos of the candidate.
Step 3- Complete and Sign the Schengen Visa Application
The offline application for the Schengen visa has to be completed with the necessary details and submitted to the Luxembourg diplomatic mission or consulate in the candidate’s country. If this is not possible, candidates will be able to submit it at the embassy or consulate of the country in the Schengen area which represents Luxembourg in the matter of visas.
Steps to Apply for a Long Stay Work Visa (D)
Step 1- Apply for Temporary Authorization to Stay
Since it is people who wish to stay and work in the country for over 3 months that apply for a Long Stay Work visa, the first step of the procedure is to apply for a temporary authorization to stay in the country. This application, once completed, must be provided at the Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Step 2- Collect Required Documents
Once candidates have received their temporary stay authorization, they will have to collect and keep all necessary documents in handy. These documents will include a valid passport, the temporary authorization, and 2 identity photos of the candidate.
Step 3- Submit a Long Stay Visa Application (D)
Now, the candidate will be able to submit 2 copies of the long-stay visa application to the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular mission in their country of residence. They will also be able to submit it to the embassy or consulate of the country in the Schengen area that represents Luxembourg for visa-related matters. This application has to be submitted in person within 90 days of receiving the temporary authorization.
Step 4-Declare Arrival
Once the candidate has arrived in the country with the necessary documents, they have to declare their arrival at the administration of the commune where they plan to stay. This should be done within 3 days of arriving in the country. They will be able to receive a copy of the declaration they made as a receipt for the same which will act as the work visa and authorization to stay until they receive their residence permit.
Step 5-Get Medical Check-up
It is mandatory for all non-EU salaried workers in the country to take a medical check-up as soon as they can. They will have to take a medical examination and a TB screening after which they will get a medical certificate. This step is crucial for the residence permit.
Step 6-Apply for Residence Permit
Now, candidates will be able to apply for a residence permit at the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. This has to be done within 3 months of arrival into the country. If their application is approved, they will have their biometric test which will be part of the residence permit.
Documents Required While Applying for Work Visa
Candidates who wish to work in Luxembourg will have to submit an application that will allow them to stay in Luxembourg which is issued by their country of origin. They will have to submit this to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs or the Luxembourg Diplomatic or Consular Representation. This application will have to be submitted along with the following documents which may or may not have additional documents required according to the visa they are applying for-
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of Clean Criminal Record
- Curriculum Vitae
- Professional Qualification Documents
- Copy of Employment Contract Details signed by applicant and employer
- A Valid Passport
- Power of Attorney, if necessary
- Original Certificate authorizing the employer to hire third-country national- issued by National Employment Agency/ADEM
Visa Processing Time
Candidates should apply for their work visa as soon as they receive their employment contract. The processing time for the visa after the application has been submitted can range anywhere between 4 to 12 weeks. They will not be able to apply for the visa earlier than 3 months before the date of their intended visit but the application must be submitted before 15 working days of the same date.
Renewing Work Visa
The validity of a work visa issued to a third-country national will be for a maximum of one year. During this duration, candidates will only be able to work for one profession under one employer in a particular sector. The first time a work visa is renewed, candidates will be able to receive a maximum of 3 years where they will be able to work in any sector and any profession.
Individuals who wish to renew their work visas will have to apply for the same at the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. They will have to apply 2 months before the expiry date of the work visa that they currently hold. The documents that have to be submitted along with the renewal application includes-
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Copy of Employment Contract dated and signed by applicant and employer
- Certificate of Affiliation to the Luxembourg Joint Social Security Centre
- Copy of Temporary Authorization to stay in the country- issued by EU Member State
- Residence Certificate for the country of residence- less than 3 months
Some Things to Note
- While candidates from EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not require a work visa to work or live in Luxembourg, they will need to acquire a separate work visa for the first year of their stay.
- The work visa that candidates get will be in the form of a stamp in their passport.
- The residence permit that the candidates will eventually receive during their stay will have their biometric information along with details of their work visa.
- The documents that are provided to the Immigration Directorate must be translated to either French, English, or German by a sworn translator.
- Candidates who are third-country nationals will have to get a temporary visa before they apply for a long stay visa/visa D.
- The visa application has to be dealt with by the applicant only. In cases where the applicant has provided a power of attorney to the employer, the employer will be able to apply on their behalf.