To carry out a professional activity as a self-employed worker in Luxembourg, you must obtain:
- a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment; and
- a visa, if necessary.
Once in Luxembourg you must register with the Commune and apply to the Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment.
Where and how to apply
Before you come to Luxembourg, you must apply for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment with the Directorate of Immigration which will consult with the Consultative Commission of Self-employed Workers (CCTI) for its opinion.
Once the Minister receives this, he/she will make a decision.
If you are setting up a company, you must also obtain an establishment permit and will need authorisation from the Directorate General of Small and Middle Sized Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy.
Once granted, the self-employed worker 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, you must enter Luxembourg within 90 days from the granting of the residence permit.
The following documents and information must be attached to the application for an authorisation to stay of self-employed workers:
|Duration of validity of permits|
The Directorate of Immigration, after checking if the application is complete, will take the digital data (picture and fingerprints) and will issue a residence permit for a maximum duration of 3 years. The maximum duration is longer than the usual duration, which applies to other categories of third-country nationals. The residence permit is renewable upon request of the applicant for a maximum duration of 3 years if the conditions for granting it are still being fulfilled:
Nota bene: For third country nationals who wish to carry out a regulated profession in Luxembourg, namely to work as a physician, dentist, veterinary or pharmacist, the application procedure for the authorisation to stay slightly varies.
The applicant will first have to submit the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will respond by mail and indicate:
In the first case, applicants must deliver the original of this letter to the competent authorities concerned who will keep the letter. After analysis of the application file, the competent authorities will inform the applicant by mail whether the professional qualification will be recognised or not, and that the license to practise will only be granted on presentation of the authorisation to stay (temporary authorisation to stay or residence permit).
Finally, the applicant must present himself/herself with the authorisation to stay or send a copy to the competent authorities and will receive the license to practise in return.
You must report to the Commune where you will live within three days of arrival.
You must also present proof of adequate accommodation and a medical certificate.
Once these documents have been submitted, the Directorate of Immigration will issue you with a residence permit for a self-employed worker.
You must pay a fee of 80 EUR.
Negative decisions related to authorisation to stay can be challenged before the First instance Administrative Court within three months of notification of the ministerial decision.
If the First instance Administrative Court rejects the appeal the decision a further appeal can be filed before the Administrative Court within 40 days of judgement notification.
|Change of status||You can ask for change of status if all the necessary conditions for another type of authorisation of stay are met by submitting an in-country application to the Directorate of Immigration.|
|Long-term resident status|
After five years of uninterrupted legal residence in Luxembourg you have the right to apply for a long-term resident status at the Directorate of Immigration.
You must not represent a threat to public order or public security and must have a clean criminal record.
While assessing your application for long-term resident status, the Minister in charge of Immigration will take into account how well integrated you are.
No information available at the moment.
- Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
- Diplomatic missions abroad
- Directorate of Immigration
- Ministry of Labour and Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy
- Agency for the Development of Employment
- Ministry of Education, Children and Youth
- Local Authorities (in French)
- Guichet en Ligne (long term resident status)