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Work visa in Luxembourg

Whether you're a salaried worker, a highly qualified professional eyeing the EU Blue Card, or a researcher eager to contribute to Luxembourg's vibrant research community, this article will tell you how to get work visa in Luxembourg

Last time updated
20.06.24

Welcome to our comprehensive article guidelines on how to get a work visa in Luxembourg. As one of Europe's economic powerhouses, Luxembourg attracts individuals from around the globe seeking employment opportunities. This article will explore the essential aspects of obtaining a work visa in Luxembourg, looking at the general procedures and specific requirements for various visa categories.

We'll start by taking a look at the latest statistics on the influx of professionals to Luxembourg, then we’ll gain insights into the diverse types of visas available and unravel the step-by-step process to secure a work visa.We'll start by taking a look at the latest statistics on the influx of professionals to Luxembourg, then we’ll gain insights into the diverse types of visas available and unravel the step-by-step process to secure a work visa.

How many people come to Luxembourg to work?

Luxembourg stands as an enticing destination for employment, drawing a growing number of individuals each year. According to Eurostat, the year 2022 showcased a consistent upward trend over the past decade, barring the dip in 2020 induced by the COVID crisis — back then there have been only 1,554 people immigrating for work purposes, a number that can be compared with 2016-2017's. 

1,918
people came to Luxembourg for work purposes in 2021
3,204
people came to Luxembourg for work purposes in 2022

The Grand Duchy's allure is propelled by its notably high salaries, ranking among the top in Europe, coupled with an exceptional quality of life.

Despite these advantages, a curious phenomenon emerges when examining European countries with substantial work-related immigration over the past five years. Interestingly, some countries with the highest influx of labor migrants do not necessarily offer the best salary packages or working conditions.

Immigration Europe statistics work visa
Source: Eurostat

Luxembourg, despite its attractive remuneration and favorable work conditions, finds itself towards the end of this list. The country's small size and the soaring cost of living, particularly in accommodation, contribute to this placement, presenting a significant barrier for prospective immigrants.

Types of work visas available in Luxembourg

Before moving on to the ins and outs of obtaining a Luxembourg work visa, let's navigate the diverse landscape of visas in Luxembourg to gain a comprehensive understanding of the process.

First and foremost, it's crucial to note that citizens of the European Union, as well as residents in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, do not require a work permit to live or work in Luxembourg. Conversely, third-country nationals from outside the EU will need both a work and residence permit to legally work in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg offers various types of visas and work permits
Short Stay Visa (C)
Long Stay Visa (D)
EU Blue Card
Blue Card
Work
Visa

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Particularities and prerequisites for the different types of work visas 

Now that we've gained a comprehensive overview, looking at the statistics and understanding the diverse visa types, we will move on to the specific prerequisites for some of the different work visas in Luxembourg.

Among the long-term visas for employment purposes, there are several categories of visas for professionals
Salaried workers
Highly qualified workers
Posted and transferred workers
Seasonal workers
Researchers
Independant workers
Investors
Athletes and coaches
Two other cases for long-term visa

In addition to these types of long-term visas, there are two other types available in particular scenarios: visas for young domestic helpers (au-pair) and visas for partners and relatives of Luxembourg and EU citizens

Guidelines for Blue Card, researcher and salaried worker

While a detailed exploration of all these visas would be extensive and could warrant multiple articles, our focus here will be on salaried worker visas, highly qualified worker visas, and researcher visas. 

Following an examination of the prerequisites for these visa types, we will proceed to analyze the general procedure applicable to all long-stay visas, providing valuable insights for navigating the nuances of obtaining a working visa in Luxembourg.

Visa for highly qualified workers (EU Blue Card)
Visa for researchers
Visa for salaried workers

How to apply for a work visa in Luxembourg?

Now that we've explored the prerequisites for work visas, researcher visas, and visas for highly qualified workers, let's outline the general procedure to be followed once these prerequisites are met. This procedure remains consistent for almost all long-stay visas (Type D visas), ensuring a streamlined application process for individuals seeking to obtain a Luxembourg work visa.

26, route d'Arlon, Luxembourg‎
(+352) 247 84 0 40
MON — FRI
8:00 – 17:00
SAT — SUN
Closed
With RDV only!

To visit the directorate for foreigners, you will need to take an appointment (rendez-vous).

Before entering Luxembourg

The first step in the process is to apply for a temporary residence permit, and for certain individuals, this also includes obtaining a Type D visa. Let's take a closer look at these two aspects.

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After entering Luxembourg

The second stage, undertaken once in Luxembourg, involves three steps: making an arrival declaration, undergoing a medical examination, and subsequently applying for a residence permit. Let's examine each step in detail.

Arrival declaration
Medical check
Residence permit application

Upon approval of the application, the applicant receives a letter inviting them to schedule an appointment with the Immigration Directorate for the capture of a photo and fingerprints, which will be incorporated into the residence permit.

How long before you have your titre de sejour card?

Just a few days after providing biometric data, the applicant will receive an invitation to personally collect their residence permit from the Immigration Office at Route d'Arlon.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What types of work visas are available in Luxembourg?

What are the prerequisites for obtaining a work visa in Luxembourg?

Do I need a job offer before applying for a work visa in Luxembourg?

Are there any specific requirements for researchers and highly qualified workers?

What is the role of the ADEM (National Employment Agency) in the visa application process?

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Authors: Luz, Daria
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