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Moving to Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a very small, landlocked country in Western Europe, with a population of less than 500,000. It is a parliamentary representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, ruled officially by a Grand Duke. It is the only sovereign Grand Duchy left on earth. Luxembourg is very developed, and has the highest GDP per capita. It is a founding member of the EU, NATO, the UN and the Western European Union. Its capital is Luxembourg (City), which contains many administrative buildings for the EU. It is a trilingual country that speaks German, French and Luxembourgish. Roman Catholic is the major religion. It has a marine west coast climate, and it rains a lot.


If you are citizen of the EU or EEA, you are allowed to work and reside in Luxembourg permit-free.

Work Visa

If an employer needs a job filled, they are legally required to notify their vacancy to the Department of Employment in Luxembourg. As an employee, you must submit an application for a work permit before your arrival in Luxembourg.

You are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Certified copy of your passport
  2. Certified copy of all educational and professional certificates
  3. Letter from your employer confirming your employment
  4. CV
  5. Certified copy of your employment contract

The process takes 4-12 weeks, and the Department of Employment has the right to request any additional documents. Once you get a confirmation letter sent back to you, you may then apply for a visa at your local Luxembourg embassy.

Student Visa

To apply for a student visa in Luxembourg, you must first be accepted by an accredited educational institution. For those who are studying in this territory for up to 90 days, and require a visa, you can apply for a Schengen Visa. The requirements vary from country to country, but in general, you will need to submit:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Application form with current passport photos
  3. Proof of purpose of your stay
  4. Confirmation accommodation
  5. Proof of funds
  6. Proof of return airline ticket

If you are studying for over 90 days, you are required to apply for a long-stay visa at the appropriate consulate or embassy. You will need to submit the following documents:

  1. Passport that is valid for at least 6 months
  2. Legal birth certificate and translation
  3. Medical certificate from an approved doctor
  4. Completed application forms
  5. Passport photos
  6. Police records
  7. Proof of funds
  8. Proof of health insurance
  9. Proof of admittance to an educational institution

Click here for more details.

Click here for information about study abroad in Luxembourg.

Moving Pets

To move your pet to Luxembourg, you must have it microchipped for identification. You must have cats and dogs vaccinated against rabies, along with other appropriate diseases. You must also obtain an EU Health Certificate, and have it filled out by an accredited veterinarian. You must provide this documentation with a copy of your passport. There may be additional requirements and exit rules depending on your country of departure.

Other Information

Click here for a map of Luxembourg.

Click here for information on Luxembourg City.

Click here for a directory of embassies of Luxembourg.

Click here for information about real estate in Luxembourg.

Click here for general information about the history and culture of Luxembourg.


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