Permanent residence permit for EU citizens

This page was last modified on 01-04-2016

After having resided officially for an uninterrupted period of 5 years in Luxembourg, EU citizens (or nationals of a country treated as such) and members of their family who are also nationals of an EU Member State (or of a country treated as such) have the right of permanent residence and may submit an application for a permanent residence permit to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes).

Forms / Online services

Carry out your procedure:

  • By downloading a form

    Attestation de séjour permanent - citoyen de l'Union ou pays assimilé - demande

Who is concerned

Those concerned are nationals of EU countries or countries treated as such and the members of their families who are also nationals of an EU country (or a country treated as such) and who have been lawfully resident for an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years in Luxembourg.

Applications for children under the age of 10 may be made in their absence by their legal representative.

Prerequisites

EU citizens must be able to prove that they have been lawfully resident for an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years in Luxembourg.

The length of the stay is not deemed to be interrupted by:

  • temporary absences that do not exceed 6 months per year in total;
  • longer periods of absence to complete military service;
  • uninterrupted absences of a maximum of 12 consecutive months for significant reasons, such as:
    • pregnancy and childbirth;
    • a serious illness;
    • studies or professional training;
    • posted work in another Member State of the European Union or non-EU country.

However, certain EU citizens may be granted the right of permanent residence in Luxembourg before the uninterrupted residence period of 5 years has elapsed. This concerns:

  • workers (employees or self-employed persons) who cease their activities because they have reached the age of retirement or go on early retirement and who:
    • have carried out a professional activity in Luxembourg or another EU Member State for at least the past 12 months;
    • and have been living in Luxembourg for an uninterrupted period of more than 3 years;
  • workers (employees or self-employed persons) who cease their activities (in Luxembourg or in another EU Member State) due to permanent incapacity for work and who have been living in Luxembourg for an uninterrupted period of more than 2 years;
  • workers (employees or self-employed persons) who receive an accident pension from the Luxembourg authorities because of a permanent incapacity for work due to a work-related accident or an occupational illness - no requirements regarding duration of residence apply in this case;
  • workers (employees or self-employed persons) who, after 3 years of uninterrupted activity and residence in Luxembourg, change for a salaried or self-employed cross-border activity in another EU Member State, all the while remaining resident in Luxembourg to where they return, in principle, each day or at least once a week.

Family members living with EU nationals have the right of permanent residence if they provide proof of 5 years' official uninterrupted residence in the country with the EU national. Under certain conditions, they may be granted the right of permanent residence as family members of an EU national before the uninterrupted residence period of 5 years has elapsed.

How to proceed

Application for a permanent residence permit

EU citizens have to request a permanent residence permit for EU citizens from the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and join a copy of their valid identity document or passport.

If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, an official translation by a sworn translator must be attached.

The permanent residence permit will be delivered by post to the applicant's address within one month of submission of the application.

Permit validity

The permanent residence permit has unlimited validity.

The authorisation for a permanent stay is not affected by absences from Luxembourg of less than 2 consecutive years.

Loss, theft or damage to the residence permit

In the event of loss or theft of the permanent residence permit, the EU citizen must submit an application for replacement and join a copy of an ID card/passport and the declaration of theft/loss established by the police.

In the event of damage to the permanent residence permit, the EU citizen must submit an application for replacement and join a copy of an ID card/passport and the damaged residence permit.

Who to contact

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
26, route d'Arlon
Luxembourg
Postal box: B.P. 752 L-2017
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247-84040 (from 14.00 - 16.00)
Fax: (+352) 22 16 08
Email: immigration.public@mae.etat.lu

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 12.00