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What do I need before leaving?

Are you a non-EU citizen living in Luxembourg and would you like to bring your non-EU family members to live with you there? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights your family members can enjoy during their stay.

If you have legally resided in Luxembourg for 12 months and hold a residence permit valid for one year, you are entitled to apply for family reunification.

If you hold a residence permit  as a researcher, a highly-skilled worker or transferee, you are also entitled to apply for family reunification.

Eligible family members include:

  • your adult spouse or legal partner;
  • your unmarried children under 18 years of age;
  • your direct ascendant dependants or those under your spouse's/partner's responsibility who have no means of support in their countries of origin;
  • your adult unmarried children if they are not capable of looking after their own needs.
Your family members must obtain a residence permit to stay for family members and, if necessary, a visa, the validity of which will not extend beyond the expiry date of your own residence permit.



Where and how to apply

Residence permit 

You (and not your family member) must submit an application for a residence permit to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs before the family member's arrival in Luxembourg.

The Minister may, in exceptional cases, accept applications when the family members are already on the territory of Luxembourg.


Once granted, the family member must, if necessary, obtain a visa at the embassy or consulate in the country of origin within 90 days.

If a visa is not required, the family member must enter Luxembourg within 90 days of the granting of the residence permit.

Documents required

For the purposes of the application for a residence permit to stay, your family member must show:

  • documents proving the family relationship;
  • a copy of his/her complete passport, certified as conforming to the original;
  • a birth certificate;
  • a criminal record or an affidavit.
You must also present the following proofs, regarding your situation (as the person currently residing in Luxembourg):
  • proof of stable and regular financial resources, sufficient to support yourself and family without having to rely on the social security system;
  • proof of adequate accommodation;
  • proof of health insurance for yourself and your family members;
  • a copy of your residence permit in Luxembourg valid for duration of over one year.
Duration of validity of permits The residence permit, which will be issued after the family member's arrival in Luxembourg, is valid for one year, and renewable if the necessary conditions continue to be met.
Further requirements The family member must report his/her arrival to the competent local authorities within three days of arrival and file an application for a residence permit with the the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs within three months.

You must pay a tax of 30 EUR to the Treasury.

The family member must undergo a medical examination and have proof of accommodation.
Appeals Negative decisions related to authorisations to stay can be challenged before the Administrative Tribunal within three months of notification of the ministerial decision.

Negative decisions of the Administrative Tribunal may be further appealed before the Administrative Court within 40 days of judgement notification.



Access to labour market Access to labour market

If a family member wants to work for a limited number of hours, he/she must obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Economy.

Alternatively, he/she must apply for a residence permit to stay as an employed or self-employed worker and change status.