Obtaining a visa to visit Luxembourg is necessary for Indian nationals, even for short-term stays and especially if you have the intention to work. This small but prosperous European nation has become an attractive destination for individuals seeking new opportunities.
Over the years, the Indian population in Luxembourg has been steadily growing, reflecting the increasing interest and connection between the two countries. In 2013, there were 783 Indian residents, accounting for 0.15% of the total population. Fast forward to 2023, and the number has reached 4,657, representing 0.70% of the overall population.
While Luxembourg presents a promising destination, obtaining a Luxembourg visa for Indian nationals can be a complex and challenging process. Navigating the intricate requirements, paperwork, and procedures can be overwhelming, particularly for first-time applicants.
In this article, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to obtain a visa to Luxembourg for Indian nationals. We will delve into the different types of visas available, the necessary documentation, and the application process.
When it comes to obtaining a visa to Luxembourg, Indian nationals have two primary options based on the length and nature of their stay: the short-stay visa and the long-stay visa. It's important to note that the process and types of available Luxembourg visas for Indian nationals are the same as those for any non-European foreigner.
In the following sections, we will delve into each type of visa in detail. Additionally, we will discuss residence permits, which are crucial for individuals planning to stay in Luxembourg for an extended period beyond the scope of a visa.
This type of visa also called a C visa allows you to transit through or stay in Luxembourg and the Schengen area, whether continuously or not, for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 days and is intended for the following purposes:
This type of visa only allows these business activities, if you wish to work in Luxembourg for more than 90 days, you must apply for a long-stay visa (D).
This type of visa also called a D visa allows you to stay for more than 3 months and is intended for:
Before applying for a D visa, you must request a work permit from the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Immigration to Luxembourg from India goes beyond obtaining a visa; it often involves securing a residence permit, which allows for an extended stay in the country.
Unlike a visa, a residence permit grants individuals the right to reside and engage in specific activities in Luxembourg for a longer duration. There are several types of residence permits available, tailored to accommodate different purposes and activities that individuals may wish to pursue.
Some of the situations that have attached a specific resident permit or have a specific procedure include:
Each residence permit has its own set of requirements and procedures for application. These may include demonstrating specific qualifications, providing proof of employment or sponsorship, showing sufficient financial means, and adhering to the necessary documentation and administrative procedures.
It is essential to carefully review the requirements for the desired residence permit and follow the corresponding application process to ensure a smooth and successful immigration journey to Luxembourg.
The process entails crucial considerations such as deciding on the grounds for entry, collecting the necessary documents, and finally, submitting your visa application so let's delve into each step in more detail.
Choosing the grounds for your entry into Luxembourg is the first step in the visa application process. The Grand Duchy is currently open for entry as long as individuals comply with the requirements.
It's important to note that different grounds for visiting Luxembourg exist, and each motive implies a specific type of visa and corresponding procedures. Let's explore the various grounds for entry and the appropriate visa types for each.
Visiting Luxembourg for travel, sightseeing, and exploring beautiful places is the most common reason for entry into the country. For short-term visits, less than 3 months, which is the most common for sightseeing, a C visa is required. However, if the intended stay is longer than 3 months, for example, to visit family members for a longer period, a D visa is required.
If your visit to Luxembourg is for business purposes, such as visiting business partners, negotiating and concluding contracts, or participating in boards of directors and general meetings, a C visa is typically sufficient.
For individuals seeking employment in Luxembourg, regardless of whether it is short or long duration, a D visa is required. This visa permits an extended stay and allows you to legally work in the country. This applies to different kinds of workers such as salaried workers, self-employed independent workers, highly qualified workers, salaried posted workers, and even researchers, professional athletes, and au pairs.
If you are planning to pursue studies in Luxembourg, a D visa is necessary, and you will need to show proof of enrollment in a recognized educational institution and financial sufficiency. This type of visa allows a prolonged stay, however, since the studies generally last more than one year, it will be necessary that in addition to requesting this visa you apply for a residence permit as a student.
Family reunification serves as a ground for entry into Luxembourg, allowing individuals to join their family members who are already residing in the country.
Private reasons serve as grounds for entry in special cases, supplementing the aforementioned categories. As an Indian national you can enter Luxembourg based on private reasons when you can support yourself financially or when you have stable personal or family ties in Luxembourg but do not meet the conditions for family reunification. In this case, you should apply for a D visa and apply for a residence permit if you intend to stay more than a year.
Once you have decided on the grounds for your entry into Luxembourg, the next crucial step in the visa application process is collecting the necessary documents. While the specific documents needed may vary depending on the nature of your visit and individual circumstances, certain standard documents are typically required.
We will provide you with an overview of the essential documents you will need to collect for your visa application but it's important to note that additional documents may be necessary depending on your specific case or visa category.
The process is different whether you apply for a C or a D visa but in both cases, you will need to go to the Luxembourg embassy of your residence country. In India the embassy it’s located in New Delhi.
If you are living in another country, you should go to the Luxembourg embassy in the country you are living in. On the website of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, you have a list of all the Luxembourg embassies around the globe.
Below we will examine the process for each type of visa.
You should ask for an appointment in the Luxembourg embassy of your residence country keeping in mind that the appointment day should be at least 15 days before the intended visit and no more than 6 months before the start of the planned visit. On the day of your appointment, you should bring in person all the required documents and submit your application.
The process consists of two steps.
In Luxembourg, the processing time for short-stay C visas is normally completed within 15 days from the date of application. However, in certain circumstances, the process can take up to 30 or even 45 days.
On the other hand, the time taken to obtain a long-stay D visa in Luxembourg varies depending on the nature of the activities planned in the country. The processing time for these visas is determined accordingly.
The cost of the visa will be determined based on the fees you need to pay in order to get it. A standard consular fee varies depending on the personal situation and status. You can find all the information in the table below.
Besides, you will need to translate necessary documents, pay for the photos, and other visa-related expenses, but these costs are depending on your personal situation. Overall, be ready to spend around 200-300 euros for your documents.
|Type of visa||Fee|
|Short-stay visa (C)||80 euros|
|Long-stay visa (D)||50 euros|
|Visa for children between the age of 6 and 12||40 euros|
|Visa for children under 6 years of age and visas for pupils, students, and teachers accompanying them on school trips or educational study trips.||Free|
|Visa for researchers going abroad to carry out scientific research.||Free|
|Visa for representatives of non-profit making organizations aged 25 years at most who participate in seminars, conferences, or sports, cultural or educational events.||Free|
|Visa for family members of an EU/EEA national||Free|
Yes, Indian nationals are required to obtain a visa for visits to Luxembourg, even for short stays and particularly if the intention is to work or study.
The appropriate visa category for your visit to Luxembourg depends on the purpose and duration of your stay. For short-term visits of up to 90 days, you would generally require a C visa, also known as a short-stay visa. This category covers purposes such as tourism, family visits, or business travel that do not involve long-term employment or studies.
On the other hand, if your intended stay exceeds 90 days or involves activities like work, studies, family reunification, or long-term residency, you will need a D visa, also known as a long-stay visa. The D visa allows for extended stays and may serve as a gateway to obtaining residence permits for specific purposes.
Currently (as of July 2023), Indians can travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for all types of travel, including non-essential purposes such as tourism or other reasons, regardless of their vaccination status. However, it is crucial to stay updated on the latest travel restrictions and requirements imposed by Luxembourg and the Indian government.
Yes, if your visa application is rejected, you have the right to appeal against the decision. The appeal process involves filing a petition with the administrative tribunal. It is important to note that the appeal must be filed by a court lawyer within 3 months of the notification of the decision.
Seeking legal representation is advisable to ensure that the appeal is properly prepared and presented in accordance with the relevant legal requirements. Consulting with an experienced court lawyer who specializes in immigration matters can provide guidance and support throughout the appeal process, increasing the chances of a successful outcome.