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Getting your
residence permit

Nationals from countries which are not an EU Member States or from Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland require a residence permit if they want to work in Luxembourg for more than 3 months.

Steps necessary to obtain a residence permit in Luxembourg:

Before your arrival:

  • Have a valid passport;
  • Submit an application for a temporary authorisation to stay to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes) or to the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular representation in the country where you currently reside;
  • People who need a visa to enter Luxembourg, should obtain a type D visa.

The application for temporary authorisation to stay needs to include:

  • A copy of the valid passport;
  • An extract from the criminal records or an affidavit established in the country of residence;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of your diplomas or professional qualifications;
  • A copy of your Luxembourg employment contract;
  • A copy of the Certificate issued by the National Employment Agency (ADEM) authorising the employer to hire a foreign national;
  • A power of attorney, if necessary

If the documents are not in German, French or English, they need to be translated by a ‘worn translator’.

After your arrival:

  • Submit a Declaration of arrival in the commune where you will reside in Luxembourg;
  • Have a medical check;
  • Submit an application for a Residence permit for third-country national salaried workers.

Residence permit application

Within 3 months of entry into Luxembourg, you need to submit an application for a residence permit to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.


The application needs to include:

  • A request (Demande en délivrance d’un titre de séjour pour ressortissant de pays tiers);
  • A copy of your valid passport, in its entirety;
  • A copy of the temporary authorisation to stay;
  • A copy of the declaration of arrival;
  • Proof of suitable housing (rental agreement, property deed, etc.);
  • Proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL; beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Direction de l’immigration; Communication: titre de séjour dans le chef de ‘insert your name here’).

Upon approval, you will be invited to make an appointment with the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, where you will have your photograph and fingerprints taken, which will be incorporated into the residence permit.

You will be able to collect your residence permit at the Immigration Directorate, a few days after the biometric data have been collected.

You can find more information about the process of obtaining a Luxembourg residence and to download the necessary forms at: recrutement/ressortissant-pays-tiers/salarie.html