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Navigating the Work Permit Process in Luxembourg: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn everything you need to know about Luxembourg immigration including the types of work permits or visas, the visa application process, costs involved, and job portals.

Hey welcome back. Today we’re covering a country we haven’t discussed before - Luxembourg!

It just sounds so fancy saying that. Lol.

I'm going to be breaking down 

  1. The perks of living in Luxembourg

  2. Types of work permits in Luxembourg 

  3. How you can get a work visa - the process & cost

  4. & Where to look for sponsored jobs

So stick with me.

So quick geography lesson.

Luxembourg is located bang between France, Belgium & Germany. And like you’ve probably noticed, it’s pretty tiny. But is in no way any less than it’s neighbours. 

In fact, in global rankings about territorial competitiveness, digitalisation and innovation, it regularly ranks in the top 10. And has the highest GDP per capita in the world!

Is Luxembourg the best place for you?

So if you’re still not convinced on whether Luxembourg is the place for you, let me tell you why you should definitely move if you have the opportunity. 

  • Money Money Money:

For starters, the money of course. Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world. That means naturally, higher salaries.

The average salary is €48,220 per year or around €4,018 per month. That’s around Rs. 43,63,861.

In comparison, the average salary in Europe is €33,500 per year or €2,791 per month. The minimum salary on the other hand is 2,570.93 euros for unskilled workers and 3,085.11 euros for skilled workers. Unskilled jobs also pay quite decently earning between €2,500-€3,000

  • High Quality of Life:

Other reason is the high quality of life. Luxembourg is among the top 20 countries which offer the highest quality of living worldwide.

  • Good Job Opportunities:

From a job perspective, high-tech-driven service sector, 150 banks and a strong financial & technology sectors mean a good number of jobs. 

  • Decent Taxes:

Another very solid reason to move to Luxembourg is the tax system. Taxes aren’t as high as some other countries and range from 0-42% but the 42% which is the highest tax bracket is imposed on incomes above €200,005.

  • Take Your Family Along:

Another perk of getting a job in Luxembourg is that you can take your partner along and they will be allowed to work in Luxembourg. 

  • Naturalisation Process:

And finally the naturalisation process is relatively simple and allows expats to apply for naturalisation after living in Luxembourg for 5 years. 

Types of Work Permits

Let’s talk about the types of work permits available in Luxembourg. Non-EU citizens require a work visa to legally work in the country.

  • Short stay (C): There’s a short-stay visa that allows you to stay for 90 days which is typically used for business trips, conferences, meetings, and family visits.

  • Long stay visa (D): Next, there’s a Long stay visa if you want to want to travel to Luxembourg for more than 3 months for work or education. (Most commonly used visa type for salaried employees, self-employed workers, highly qualified employees, and students.)

  • EU Blue Card: And then there’s the EU Blue Card to work in Luxembourg for more than 3 months but only for those who do highly skilled work. 

How to Get a Work Permit to Work in Luxembourg

Now in order to start the process of getting a work permit the first thing you need is a sponsored job offer. 

Next, the employer would need to declare vacant position at the National Employment Agency – ADEM. After 3 weeks have passed and if no other candidate has been found suitable either locally or in the EU, the employer will be able to issue you an employment contract. 

After this the employer will submit an application to ADEM requesting for a certificate of permission 

After the permission comes through, you & the employer can sign a contract 

After this you need to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. The first step is to submit an application for a temporary authorisation to stay to the General Department of immigration of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

These are the documents you’d require 

  • A passport 

  • A certified copy of your entire passport 

  • Birth certificate 

  • Police clearance certificate 

  • Copies of your professional certificates or qualification  

  • A copy of the employment contract (compliant with Luxembourg law), dated and signed by both the applicant and the future employer in Luxembourg

  • The original copy of the certificate from the National Employment Agency (ADEM) granting the employer the right to hire a third-country national

  • If necessary, a proxy or a power of attorney 

  • A covering letter to support the application

  • Your CV. Your CV needs to be perfect, both to land the job and to apply here so if you need help with a review of your CV, pls book a slot with my team from here. 

You’ll need to submit originals here or certified copies and if any of the documents are not in English, German or French you’ll have to get them translated.

Once you get your temporary authorisation to stay, since it’s only valid for 90 days, if you’re from a non-EU country, you’d need to apply for a type D visa at a VFS office or a Luxembourg consulate (or VFS).

After You Arrive in Luxembourg

After you arrive in Luxembourg you’ll need to do 3 things 

  1. Make a declaration of arrival in the new commune of residence in Luxembourg;

  2. Undergo a medical check;

  3. Then submit an application for a residence permit for third-country national salaried workers.

Your employer will typically help you with most of the process so don’t be too stressed about it. And in many cases, employers also help with the cost so it’s worth discussing with them. 

Cost of a Work Permit to Work in Luxembourg

Now how much you pay for your visa would depend on where you’re applying from. 

If you’re applying from India the approx cost would be approximate €80 for a salaried work visa.

It takes around 15 days to process but it could take more than a month if there’s a lot of visas coming up & is valid for a year after which you’d have to renew your visa or util you receive your resident permit. 

How to find jobs in Luxembourg with Visa Sponsorship

When it comes to finding jobs you need to bear in mind that it would definitely help approaching recruitment agencies

Some charge a fee depending on the agency but it’s usually only after they’ve helped you land a job 

Of course you can also use job sites like with most other popular countries and there’s obviously 

Indeed, LinkedIn, Google jobs which are the mainstream job sites for most countries

And that’s it. I hope this was helpful. 

Until next time!

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Jun 09

Wow! Thank you!

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