Working in Luxembourg: a quick guide for expatriates

By Pierre Reuter, THEWES & REUTER – Avocats à la Cour

Almost 50% of Luxembourg residents are non-nationals. Luxembourg has the highest proportion of foreign workers among all employed persons in the EU (50.5%). Expats are therefore very welcome in Luxembourg. However, there are still a certain number of rules to comply with.

Luxembourg immigration procedure is governed by the law of 29 August 2008. Third country nationals who intend to work in Luxembourg, as an employee or independent, need to obtain a residence and a work permit through a three-step procedure.

A temporary residence permit must be requested before the arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as a visa depending on the country of origin. Within three days of the arrival, a declaration of arrival must be filed at the town hall of residence. Final step is the request of a definitive residence permit. This permit will be delivered upon presenting evidence of appropriate housing and a medical examination.

Only once this procedure is complete are family members entitled to start their own process in view of joining the worker. Family members are not automatically entitled to join him/her but they are subject to certain conditions of resources, accommodation and sickness insurance. Under no circumstances should they constitute a financial burden for the country.

Notwithstanding the above, these administrative steps do not seem to dissuade foreigners given that a total of 170 different nationalities live and work in Luxembourg.

Pierre Reuter

Pierre Reuter

THEWES & REUTER – Avocats à la Cour, Luxembourg
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Pierre Reuter is an expert in complex litigation and has been involved in many high profile financial litigation cases. He has also dealt with financial regulatory issues for a number of institutional clients. Moreover, Reuter is very well-versed in employment law. Pierre represents clients in complex civil, commercial and corporate contract negotiations.

Published: October 2016 l Photo: Uwe Rieder


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