Free circulation for the European Union nationals

Immigrating to Luxembourg, visas, residence permits

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Every national from the European Union (EU) or an assimilated country benefits from the free circulation within the EU, what gives him/her the right to live and to work in any country of the EU, among which Luxembourg.

All the nationals from the States having agreed with the agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the nationals from Swiss Confederacy are likened to the EU citizens.

The Croatian nationals however have to ask for the delivery of a working authorisation to be able to practice a salaried activity in Luxembourg.

Staying in Luxembourg for less than 3 months

The EU nationals have no procedure to make in order to stay in Luxembourg for less than 3 months, subject to the measures planned by the various municipal regulations relative to the holding of population registers.They have to be in possession of a national ID card or of a valid passport.

Staying in Luxembourg for more than 3 months

The European nationals wishing to live in Luxembourg for more than 3 months have to be in possession of a national ID card or of a valid passport.

They have to make a statement of arrival with the municipal administration of the place where they intend to live. They also have to fill, within the 3 months of their arrival, a statement of registration as a European citizen on the basis of which an “attestation of registration” is immediately delivered to them.

After a continuous stay of 5 years in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the EU national can ask to benefit from the right of permanent stay in Luxembourg or from the Luxembourg nationality. He/She also acquires the voting right for certain elections.

Family members are allowed to join the main “migrant” if the latter is a citizen of the European Union.

The list of documents to be supplied depends on the EU citizen’s status and is available on or on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

Residence permit mandatory for the nationals from the third countries

Residence permit

The residence permit granted in Luxembourg depends on the status of the nationals that are not part of the EU (employee, independent, student, searcher, professional sportsman, au pair, etc.). Family reunification is subject to a particular treatment as well.

The list of documents to present, according to the activity, is available for consultation on or on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

What about the family reunification in Luxembourg ? Check here the law and the administrative procedure.

Medical examination of foreigners in order to obtain a residence permit

The immigration medical service organise medical checks for foreigners (non E.U) requesting a residence permit in Luxembourg. Those who request a residence permit have to undergo a medical examination and TB screening. The tests must be carried out by a GP, a doctor specializing in internal medicine or a pediatrician.

The TB screening, however, is only done by the Ligue médico-sociale.
This procedure is applied to all non EU citizens or assimilated countries (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein).