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EU Blue Card for highly qualified workers from non-EU countries

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Non-EU nationals (i.e. from a non-EU Member State or a country treated as such (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland)) may stay in Luxembourg as highly qualified workers provided they have a certain level of qualifications.

To this purpose, the non-EU national must have an offer for:

  • an employment contract of one year at least;
  • a remuneration:
    • at least equivalent to 1.5 times the amount of the Luxembourg average gross annual salary (47,964 x 1.5 = EUR 71,946 in 2015) or;
    • at least equivalent to 1.2 times the amount of the Luxembourg average gross annual salary (47,964 x 1.2 = EUR 57,556.80 in 2015) for the professions in groups 1 and 2 of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) and for which the Government has identified a particular need for workers from a non-EU country;
  • and hold a higher education diploma or have a specialised professional experience of at least 5 years.

Non-EU nationals who meet the requirements of entry and stay in Luxembourg receive a residence permit called 'EU Blue Card'.

Given the importance of the ICT sector in Luxembourg and the number of vacant job positions in this sector, the Government has decided to grant the Blue Card, for which a minimum salary of EUR 57,556.80 is required, to non-EU nationals who work in one of the professions which belong to the following ISCO-08 codes:

  • 2120 - mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians;
  • 2511 - systems analysts;
  • 2512 - software developers;
  • 2513 - web and multimedia developers;
  • 2514 - applications programmers;
  • 2519 - software and application developers and analysts not elsewhere classified;
  • 2521 - database designers and administrators;
  • 2522 - systems administrators;
  • 2523 - computer network professionals;
  • 2529 - database and network professionals not elsewhere classified.

For more information, see our information sheet on the conditions of residence for highly qualified workers from third countries.