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.
Types of visas available for Indians
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.
Short-stay visas for Luxembourg
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:
- Tourist or family visits.
- Participation in conferences, trade fairs, or exhibitions.
- Business travel (visiting business partners, negotiating, and concluding contracts, etc.)
- Participation in boards of directors and general meetings.
- Provision of services within the same group of companies.
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).
Long stay visas for Luxembourg
This type of visa also called a D visa allows you to stay for more than 3 months and is intended for:
- Holders of a temporary residence permit.
- Holders of a work permit for paid employment.
- Those who are going to join a family member who is an EU citizen.
- Those who want to carry out any other type of activities such as self-employed work, studies, research, or sports activities.
Before applying for a D visa, you must request a work permit from the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Immigration to Luxembourg for Indians
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.
If you are planning to move to Luxembourg for work, we recommend you check our Relocation Guide for Salaried Workers to get more detailed information.
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.
Decide on the grounds for entry
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.
Tourist or Family Visits
Business Entry Grounds in Luxembourg
Work Grounds and Luxembourg work visas for Indians
Studies and Luxembourg student visas for Indians
Family Reunification as Entry Ground
Private Reasons Ground for Entry
Collect the documents
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.
- 2 fully completed copies of the Schengen visa application form;
- 2 recent and identical passport photos;
- Passport valid for at least three months beyond your planned stay;
- Proof of accommodation, either at a friend's or relative's home or at a hotel;
- Proof of legal residence in India;
- Health insurance covering the travel period;
- Other supporting documents associated with the purpose of the journey, such as: 1) Proof of enrollment in a recognized educational institution. 2) Official letter of invitation for a business visit. 3) Employment contract. 4) A return airline ticket.
Apply for a visa
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.
Apply for a C visa
Apply for a D visa
How long it takes to get a Schengen visa for Indians
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.
How much it costs to get a visa to Luxembourg
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
|Short-stay visa (C)
|Long-stay visa (D)
|Visa for children between the age of 6 and 12
|Visa for children under 6 years of age and visas for pupils, students, and teachers accompanying them on school trips or educational study trips.
|Visa for researchers going abroad to carry out scientific research.
|Visa for representatives of non-profit making organizations aged 25 years at most who participate in seminars, conferences, or sports, cultural or educational events.
|Visa for family members of an EU/EEA national
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do Indian nationals require a visa to visit Luxembourg
How do I determine the appropriate visa category for my visit to Luxembourg
Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for Indians due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Can I appeal if my visa application is rejected
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