Third-country nationals

A third-country national who wishes to come to Luxembourg to work for a period of more than 3 months, must apply for an authorisation to stay and then for a residence permit for salaried workers.

A third-country national who wishes to come to Luxembourg to work for a period of more than 3 months, must follow a procedure in 2 consecutive steps:

  • step 1 - before entering the country
    • submit an application for a temporary authorisation to stay to the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs;
    • be in possession of a valid passport;
    • for persons subject to visa requirements in order to enter Luxembourg: request a type D visa after having obtained the temporary authorisation to stay.
  • step 2 - after entering the country
    • make a declaration of arrival in the new commune of residence in Luxembourg;
    • undergo a medical check;
    • then submit an application for a residence permit for third-country national salaried workers.



  An employer who has not been presented with a suitable candidate from the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM) within 3 weeks following his declaration of a vacant position can request a certificate from the director of the ADEM which will allow him to recruit a third-country national.




The residence permit, which allows remunerated employment, is granted under the following conditions:

  • The priority given to certain job-seekers in order to access to the labor market must not be restricted;
  • The professional activity must be in line with the economic interests of the country;
  • The applicant must have the necessary professional skills;
  • The employment contract must be concluded for a vacant position that previously has been reported to the ADEM and for which the ADEM could not find a suitable candidate on the national labor market within three weeks.

By way of derogation, the Minister may grant a residence permit to a qualified third-country national who is ready to work in a sector or occupation characterized by recruitment difficulties.

A residence permit for highly qualified specialists may be granted under certain conditions to third-country nationals who have completed a degree or at least a five-year specialization in their profession.



  For further information on the prerequisites to enter the Luxembourg labour market as a third-country national,



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