Long-term resident status for third-country nationals

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After 5 years of a continuous lawful stay in Luxembourg, third-country nationals (i.e. from a country that is neither an EU Member State nor a country treated as such – Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland) may make an application to obtain long-term resident status from the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

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Who is concerned

Any third-country national who has lawfully resided in Luxembourg for an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years can obtain long-term resident status.

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

  • temporary absences of less than 6 consecutive months and which do not exceed a total of more than 10 months in 5 years;
  • uninterrupted absences of a maximum of 12 consecutive months for important reasons, such as: 
    • pregnancy and childbirth;
    • a serious illness;
    • studies or professional training.

The application must be submitted by the third-country national. However, they may appoint a third party, such as their employer, to carry out the necessary procedures.

For recipients of international protection, at least half the period between the date on which the application for international protection is submitted on the basis of which international protection has been granted, and the date on which the international protection residence permit is granted, or the entire period if this exceeds 18 months, is taken into account for the calculation of the 5-year period.

Holders of an "EU Blue Card" residence permit are allowed to add together their stays in different Member States in order to satisfy the requirements regarding duration of stay, if all of the following conditions are met:

  • 5 years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in the European Union as an EU Blue Card holder;
  • and 2 years of lawful and uninterrupted residence in the country, immediately preceding the submission of an application for long-term EU resident status, as a holder of an EU Blue Card.

The following third-country nationals staying in Luxembourg may not benefit from long-term resident status:

  • seasonal, posted or transferred workers;
  • students or persons registered in a vocational training programme;
  • persons holding a resident permit with a specific limited validity.
Please note that these provisions are not applicable to third-country nationals who are family members of an EU national (or of nationals of a country treated as such). Such persons may, after a five-year stay with the EU national in Luxembourg, apply for a permanent residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen.

Prerequisites

In order to submit their application, the third-country national must:

  • have continuously and lawfully resided in Luxembourg (i.e. have a residence permit) for at least 5 years;
  • have a valid passport;
  • have stable, regular and sufficient resources to support himself and the family members under his care, without having to resort to social welfare;
  • have suitable housing;
  • have a health insurance certificate for himself and his family;
  • not constitute a threat to public order or public safety.

The application for long-term resident status must be submitted immediately at the end of the five-year residence period.

How to proceed

Application for long-term resident status

Third-country nationals must apply for long-term resident status to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a certified copy of the pages with content of their valid passport;
  • proof of stable, regular and sufficient financial resources (e.g. employment contract, tax return) for the 5 years preceding the application, assessed by comparison with the social minimum wage for unskilled workers;
  • proof of suitable housing (e.g. rental agreement, property deed);
  • a recent certificate of affiliation (social security registration certificate) for the past 5 years and issued by the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la Sécurité sociale - CCSS);
  • a health insurance certificate for the applicant and his family (certificate of co-insurance);
  • a recent extract from the Luxembourg criminal records office;
  • any document proving the applicant's integration into Luxembourg society (e.g. certificate of language courses, club member card, testimonial evidence);
  • proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to the account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL; beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européennes, Direction de l'Immigration; message: titre de séjour dans le chef de [insert name here]).
  • where necessary, a proxy.
    Third-country nationals may give a mandate to a third party (e.g. the future employer) to submit the application on their behalf. In this case, the proxy holder, with the exception of attorneys, must provide proof of their mandate in the form of a written power of attorney, duly dated and signed by the principal. The signature must be preceded by the handwritten note "bon pour procuration" (good for proxy).

If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, a certified true translation by a sworn translator must be enclosed.

Only complete applications will be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

After receiving the application, the Immigration Directorate will provide a receipt, which acts as a temporary authorisation to stay until the "long-term resident" permit is issued, in the event that the previous residence permit expires during the application processing period.

Please note, however, that this receipt cannot be used as a travel document, and is therefore valid only in Luxembourg.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has a legal requirement to respond within a maximum period of 6 months. If no response is received within this time, the application has been rejected.

Issuance and validity period

When the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter inviting them to come in person with their valid passport to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs during opening hours. The applicant will get their photograph and digital fingerprints taken, which will be incorporated into the residence permit. The applicant may also bring a recent photograph compliant with the OACI / ICAO standards ("biometric passport standards").

A few days after the biometric data have been provided, the applicant can pick up their residence permit in person at the Immigration Directorate. The exact date will be communicated to the applicant at the time the biometric data are being collected.

The residence permit takes the form of a chip card containing the biometric data. It includes the work permit (for all sectors, professions and employers).

The residence permit includes information about its holder (surname, first name, nationality, date and place of birth), as well as specific information about the residence permit (permit category, date of beginning and end of validity of the permit).

Certain residence permit categories include additional information in the "observations" field.

Validity and renewal of the residence permit

The residence permit is valid from the date of the decision to grant such permit. It is renewable on request as long as the eligibility conditions are met.

NB: foreigners who intend to leave the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg for more than 6 months must return their residence permit to the Minister and make a declaration of departure at the administration of the commune where they resided. Long-term resident status will be withdrawn after an absence from the European Union of 12 months, or 24 months if the person concerned was previously a holder of an EU Blue Card, or after absence from Luxembourg of 6 months.

Validity

The "long-term resident permit – EC" is valid for a period of 5 years.

Renewal procedure

In order to renew a residence permit, third-country nationals must apply to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs within the 2 months prior to the expiry date of the residence permit.

The application for renewal must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a certified copy of the pages with content of their valid passport;
  • a recent extract from the criminal records in Luxembourg;
  • proof of payment of a fee of EUR 80 to the account IBAN LU46 1111 2582 2814 0000 (BIC: CCPLLULL; beneficiary: Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et Européennes, Direction de l'immigration; communication: titre de séjour dans le chef de [insert name here]).

Loss, theft or damage to the residence permit

In case of loss, theft or damage to the residence permit, a specific procedure needs to be followed.

Who to contact

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
26, route d'Arlon
L-1140 - 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