How to obtain a visa to Luxembourg for Pakistani nationals

This article serves as a comprehensive guide on securing a Luxembourg visa for Pakistani nationals, elaborating on the various visa types available, the necessary documentation, and the application process.

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While Luxembourg holds great promise, obtaining a Luxembourg visa for Pakistani citizens can be a complex and challenging process. Navigating through intricate requirements, paperwork, and procedures can be overwhelming, especially for first-time applicants.

How many Pakistanis live in Luxembourg?

Over the years, the Pakistani population in Luxembourg has experienced consistent growth, reflecting the increasing interest and connection between the two countries. Over a decade, their number has grown and shown a remarkable six-fold increase.

However, when examining statistics on the countries with the highest immigration in Luxembourg, Pakistan finds itself at the lower end of the list, with just 550 residents in 2023. This figure pales in comparison to other nationalities, with Portugal leading the chart at an impressive 92,101 citizens, followed by France with 49,104, Italy with 24,676, Belgium with 24,676, and Germany with 12,678.

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Types of visas available for Pakistanis

When it comes to obtaining a visa for Luxembourg, Pakistan citizens have two main options based on the duration and nature of their stay: short-stay visas and long-stay visas. It's essential to note that the process and types of Luxembourg visas for Pakistani citizens are the same as for any non-European foreigner.

In the following sections, we will examine each visa type in detail, starting with short-stay visas covering visits for tourism, business, or family purposes. Subsequently, we'll explore long-stay visas designed for those seeking employment, studies, or extended stays in Luxembourg. Additionally, we'll discuss residence permits, crucial for individuals planning to settle in Luxembourg for over a year.

Short-stay visas for Luxembourg

Those intending to enter the country for a brief period should apply for a short-stay visa, also known as a type C visa. This visa allows transit or stays in Luxembourg and the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

It is intended for purposes such as:

  • 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.

Long stay visas for Luxembourg

Individuals planning to stay in Luxembourg for more than three months must apply for a long-stay visa, also known as a type D visa. In many cases, this visa is a necessary preliminary step for those aiming to become residents in Luxembourg. 

This visa is intended for particular people:

  • 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.

Luxembourg Residence Permits for Pakistani nationals

For those interested in immigrating to Luxembourg from Pakistan for stays longer than a year, whether for studying or working, it's crucial to understand that the process goes beyond obtaining a visa. While obtaining a long-stay visa (type D visa) is necessary, it is only the initial step; a residence permit is also required.

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.

What is a titre de sejour?

Unlike a visa, a residence permit grants individuals the right to reside and engage in specific activities in Luxembourg for a more extended period. There are various types of residence permits based on the activities individuals plan to undertake in Luxembourg and their family relationships.

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.


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Application process

Securing a short or long-stay visa or a residence permit for Luxembourg demands careful planning and adherence to a well-defined application process. In this section, we will guide you through the necessary steps to obtain a visa for your visit. The process involves crucial considerations such as determining the purpose of entry, gathering required documents, and ultimately submitting your visa application. Let's take a look at each step in more detail.

Decide on the grounds for entry

Clearly identifying the purpose of your entry into Luxembourg marks the initial step in the visa application process. Different motives for visiting Luxembourg entail specific visa types and corresponding application procedures.

Below are the possible grounds for entry and the suitable visa types for each.

Tourist or family visits

Visiting Luxembourg for travel, tourism, and exploring its beautiful locales is the most common reason for entry. For short-term visits, under 3 months, typically required for tourism, a C visa is needed. However, if the planned stay exceeds 3 months, such as visiting family for an extended period, a D visa is required.

Business entry to Luxembourg

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.

Luxembourg work visas for Pakistanis

For those seeking employment in Luxembourg, regardless of the duration, a type D visa is required. This visa allows an extended stay and legal employment in the country. It applies to various categories of workers, including employees, self-employed individuals, highly qualified workers, posted employees, researchers, professional athletes, and au pairs. If the intention is to settle in Luxembourg and work for more than a year, an additional residence permit is necessary.

Luxembourg study visa for Pakistanis

Planning to pursue studies in Luxembourg requires a D visa, demonstrating enrollment in a recognized educational institution and adequate financial means. While this visa allows an extended stay, as studies often last more than a year, applying for a student residence permit is also necessary.

Family reunification as entry ground

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 as ground for entry

Private reasons serve as grounds for entry in special cases, complementing the aforementioned categories. As a Pakistani citizen, you can enter Luxembourg for private reasons when financially self-sufficient or when having stable personal or family ties in Luxembourg but not meeting the conditions for family reunification. In this case, a D visa must be applied for, along with a residence permit if intending to stay for more than a year.

Collect the documents

Preparing for a successful visa application to Luxembourg involves the meticulous collection of essential documents that substantiate the purpose and legitimacy of your visit. This crucial step demands attention to detail and compliance with specific requirements outlined by Luxembourg's immigration authorities.

Below is a comprehensive list of the Luxembourg visa requirements for Pakistani citizens; however, it's important to note that additional documents may be necessary depending on the specific nature of your case. Ensure thoroughness in assembling the following documents to strengthen your application and facilitate a smooth processing experience.

Documents for visa application for Pakistanis to Luxembourg
Documents required
Collect the necessary documents and check them out.
*The mandatory items are marked with red asterisks.
2 application forms
Fully completed copies of the Schengen visa application form
2 photos
Recent and identical passport photos
International passport
Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned stay
Proof of accommodation
Either at a friend's or relative's home, rent or at a hotel
Proof of sufficient financial means
To cover your stay in Luxembourg or a financial statement of support from a reference person in Luxembourg.
Proof of legal residence
In the country of origin or, if you are a Nigerian citizen living in another country, proof of legal residence in the country where you reside.
Health insurance
Covering the travel period
Other supporting documents associated with the purpose of the journey
Proof of enrollment in a recognized educational institution, an official letter of invitation for a business visit, an employment contract, a round-trip air ticket, or a flight itinerary reservation.
Documents required
Collect the necessary documents and check them out.
*The mandatory items are marked with red asterisks.

Apply for a visa

The application process varies depending on whether you are applying for a C visa or a D visa. In both cases, however, you will need to visit the Luxembourg Embassy. Unfortunately, there is no Luxembourg Embassy in Pakistan, requiring applicants to travel to the Embassy of Luxembourg in Beijing, China.

Read our step-by-step instruction on visa application
Visa to Luxembourg

For those residing in another country, it is essential to approach the Luxembourg Embassy in their country of residence. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg's website provides a comprehensive list of all Luxembourgish embassies worldwide.

Applicaiton for a C 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.

Application for a D visa

You need to contact the Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and apply for a temporary authorization stay. The process and documents required will depend on the activities you intend to do in Luxembourg.

The process consists of two steps. First, you will need to apply for a temporary authorisation to stay, then submit a long-stay D visa application, when you are granted the approval of your stay from the Ministry.

How to recieve an authorisation?

You need to contact the Immigration Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and apply for a temporary authorization stay. The process and documents required will depend on the activities you intend to do in Luxembourg.

Information on popular situations regarding the temporary authorisation to stay application in Luxembourg:

Highly qualified workers
Employed workers
Seasonal workers
Self-employed workers

After receiving the temporary authorization to stay within 90 days you must go to the Luxembourg embassy of your residence country and ask for an appointment, on the day of your appointment you should bring in person the temporary authorization to stay and all the required documents to submit your application.

Read further in our related article on titre de sejour
How to obtain residence permit?

How long it takes to get a Schengen visa for Pakistanis?

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.

Cost of visa
Type of visaFee amount in eurosin Pakistani rupee
Short-stay visa (C)90 euros~ 26,897
Long-stay visa (D)50 euros~ 14,943
Visa for children between the age of 6 and 1245 euros~ 13,448
Visa for children under 6 years of age and visas for pupils, students, and teachers accompanying them on school trips or educational study trips.FreeFree
Visa for researchers going abroad to carry out scientific research.FreeFree
Visa for representatives of non-profit making organizations aged 25 years at most who participate in seminars, conferences, or sports, cultural or educational events.FreeFree
Visa for family members of an EU/EEA nationalFreeFree
Prices have changed

In June 2024, the fee for a Schengen visa increased. The revenue generated from visa applications will be reinvested to provide more resources, including staff, to process visa applications. This should reduce the waiting time for a Schengen visa appointment.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do Pakistan nationals require a visa to visit Luxembourg?

What are the different types of visas available in Luxembourg for Pakistani nationals?

Is there a Luxembourg Embassy in Pakistan, and where to apply for a visa?

Can I appeal if my visa application is rejected

Can I apply for a residence permit if I plan to stay in Luxembourg for an extended period?

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