Moving Your House From Overseas To Luxembourg
Ready to make your move to Luxembourg? While the process of moving your house from overseas to Luxembourg may seem intimidating, it’s relatively simple if you understand the requirements you must meet. So, in this guide, we’ll be taking a look at the process of moving your house – from establishing residence to bringing over personal property like vehicles, household goods and more. Let’s get started now.
Temporary And Permanent Residence In Luxembourg
No matter why you’re moving to Luxembourg, you’ll need a temporary residence permit to study, work and live in the country if you are not a UE citizen. As a non EU-citizen, you can get a temporary permit as an employee or self-employed person, a student, a researcher, an intern and for a number of other occupations.
To apply for temporary residence, you must go to a Luxembourg embassy or consulate, and provide them with some documents such as:
- A passport valid after your arrival,
- All applicable birth certificates and marriage/divorce certificate for family members
- Proof of financial means
- Proof of employment
- Proof of school admission (students)
Most of these documents will need to be translated. You will usually need to wait at least 3 months before you get your temporary residence permit, which functions as both a work permit and a residence permit.
You can learn more about the various residence permits in Luxembourg here.
Once you have established your home in Luxembourg, you can get permanent residence and become a Luxembourg citizen. To qualify, you must be:
- 18 years old
- Have lived in Luxembourg for 5+ years. Those with ties to the country (birth, adoption, filiation) can apply before.
- successful completion of the Luxembourg language evaluation exam
- participation in the course “Living together in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg” or successful completion of the examination on the subjects taught in this course.
Household Goods Taxes And Duties
You can bring your household belongings into Luxembourg without paying import duties. To do so, you must meet these requirements:
- You must have owned and personally used your items for at least 6 months
- You must have lived outside the country for the last 12 months
- Your shipment must arrive within a year of your move into Luxembourg.
Uniquely, your items must also be considered by customs to “fit with your social standing.” In other words, the value of what you bring into the country must fit your overall income level. This is a strange requirement but appears to be a way to limit the importation of luxury goods that will be re-sold illegally for a profit within Luxembourg.
You also cannot lend to others, sell or get rid of duty-free goods, or transfer ownership for 6 months after bringing them into the country.
Household Goods Required Documentation
To get your exemption, you will need:
- A comprehensive inventory of household goods written in English or French, with a signature at the bottom of each page
- Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill
- Separate packing list
- Declaration 136 F
- A Type D temporary residence visa
- An Address Registration Certificate proving the city where you will be living
- A Declaration of Arrival provided at least 3 business days after your arrival
In addition, you must get a Residence Certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you have not already received one before arriving.
Personal Vehicle Taxes And Duties
You can import your personal vehicle duty-free. You must have purchased it at least 6 months ago, and it must have 6,000+ km on the odometer. You cannot sell or transfer ownership of the car within a full year after importing it.
Personal Vehicle Required Documentation
You’ll need to provide some fairly extensive documentation while your vehicle is being processed into Luxembourg. You will need:
- Title and registration
- A valid driver’s license
- Proof of insurance for at least 6 months, and a copy of international insurance coverage
- A purchase invoice for the vehicle
- A COM4 Declaration, including documents that show your ownership of the vehicle, prove that you have used in your country of origin, and an official Change of Residence certificate
- A T-Form that provides you with permission to move your vehicle inside the EU
- A letter by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that confirms your employment within Luxembourg
The requirements listed here are just a guideline and may differ somewhat depending on the details of your move, so we recommend contacting the Luxembourg customs office directly if you have any questions or need to double-check your requirements.
Tips For Moving To Luxembourg – Make Your Move Easier!
Want to make sure your move to Luxembourg is quick and easy? Here are a few quick tips that will help eliminate common headaches when moving to the country.
- Give yourself plenty of time to move – You should plan at least 3-6 months in advance for your move, and make sure you’ve secured all required residence permits, accommodations and other such things in Luxembourg before you need to move your stuff.
- Pare down your household items – The more stuff you bring, the more it will cost to move your items – and the longer it will take for customs to process your stuff. Bring only valuable items, and try to minimize the overall weight of the household items you bring.
- Hire a professional international moving company – An experienced international moving company with expertise moving foreigners to Luxembourg is your best ally. An experienced moving company can help you work through bureaucratic red tape, and ensure your items arrive safely.
Know What To Expect When You Move To Luxembourg!
Whether you’ll just be here for a year or two while studying, or you’ve found steady employment and plan to stay in Luxembourg for years to come, this guide will help you plan your big move! We hope this guide has helped you learn more about what to expect when you move to Luxembourg.