Obtaining a Work Permit in Luxembourg
Obtaining a Work Permit in LuxembourgUpdated on Friday 14th December 2018
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The requirements for obtaining a work permit in Luxembourg only apply to citizens from certain countries and to those outside of the EU. Because the Grand Duchy is part of the European Union, it welcomes foreign direct investments from the Union as well as workers who can find a job in Luxembourg.
Most of the foreign employees come from neighboring countries like Belgium, however, nationals from other countries wish to work in the small country. Our lawyers in Luxembourg can help you apply for and obtain a work permit in this country.
Work permits for certain EU citizens
Citizens of countries belonging to the EU or the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland do not need to apply for a work permit, if they wish to find a job in the country. However, for other purposes, like staying in the country for more than 90 days, they must announce their presence to the relevant authorities.
Croatian citizens need to obtain a work permit for their first year of working in Luxembourg. The validity of a work permit in Luxembourg can vary from one year to an indefinite period of time.
Work permits for non-EU citizens
Non-EU citizens who have obtained a job in Luxembourg must apply for an additional temporary residence certificate, apart from the work permit. The application must be made before arriving to Luxembourg, at the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The documents needed for an application typically include:
- certified passport copy and birth certificate;
- certified copies of any relevant academic degrees;
- police record;
- work contract signed by the employer (if applicable).
The employer in Luxembourg is the one responsible for obtaining the work permit for his employees. The business owner must first check if there are any Luxembourg residents who can fit the job profile and, if none are available, the employer can search for a foreign employee. The applications are submitted to the Ministry of Work and Employment.
For more information about the Employment Law and the employer’s obligations towards the hired individuals, you can contact our law firm in Luxembourg.