Immigration to Luxembourg: how to stay in the country and obtain citizenship

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Immigration to Luxembourg: how to stay in the country and obtain citizenship

Luxembourg has been one of the most popular destinations for tourists and migrants for many years. It is a very beautiful and unique country with beautiful landscapes, unique historical corners, and friendly people. Although the country is small in size, it has a developed economy and a high standard of living. There are many career prospects, decent salaries, high-quality education, and healthcare systems. It is also one of the safest places in the world. This is why the country often becomes home to thousands of expats. Below we have prepared a useful piece of material that will introduce you to the features of moving to the country, the conditions for staying and acquiring citizenship, as well as other requirements.

What you need to do to acquire citizenship

There are three most common ways to obtain Luxembourg citizenship:

  • By birth – children born to Luxembourgian parents, as well as children born on the country's territory, even if their parents do not have citizenship, become Luxembourgian citizens.
  • By marriage – you can apply for a Luxembourgish passport after three years of marriage to a Luxembourg national.
  • Naturalization – foreigners who have continuously lived in the country for 5-7 years and meet several conditions are entitled to acquire citizenship through naturalization. 

Expatriates who wish to acquire Luxembourgish citizenship through naturalization must meet the following basic criteria:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • speak the three national languages of the country (French, German and Luxembourgish);
  • have legally resided in the country for 5 years or more;
  • have a stable income proving their financial capacity;
  • meet the requirements of a good person.

In addition, applicants for citizenship must pass a language test on their knowledge of Luxembourgish. It lasts two days and aims to test speaking and oral comprehension skills.

Candidates must also obtain the 'Living together in Luxembourg' certificate. This requires prior attendance at civic education courses. During the courses, candidates will learn about the basic rights of citizens, the country's key state and municipal institutions, and Luxembourg's history and culture.

A citizenship application must be submitted to the municipality where you live. For more information, you can contact the Ministry of Justice's citizenship helpline by calling 8002 1000.