You would like to emigrate to Luxembourg, but are undecided about the best way to move and how to make a good new start there? We are happy to help you with a few valuable tips on how to make your move to Luxembourg as easy and stress-free as possible.
Residence permit and visa for moving to Luxembourg
If you are moving within the EU, you do not need a visa to enter Luxembourg. You can stay there for 3 months without a visa, just like in any other EU country. If these 3 months have passed, you will have to apply for a residence permit. If you are an employee and you already have your job, you must register with the relevant local authority within 8 working days. For permanent employment (longer than the 3 months) you also have to register at the local registration office and apply for a “residence permit”. For all EU citizens who can provide proof of employment, this is a simple matter.
For all EEA citizens and Swiss citizens, they also do not need a visa for the first 90 days. You too may enter and stay with an identity card or passport, but if you stay longer, you must look for a job and register at the relevant office, just like EU citizens.
After 5 years of uninterrupted residence, you can apply for a permanent residence certificate. This must be applied for at the immigration office.
The move to Luxembourg
It is important that you plan everything in advance, because that is how you forget the least. Compare offers from moving companies, and choose the most suitable for you. Pay attention not only to the costs, but also to the services and conditions, these are usually very decisive for the realization of the costs. Certain companies cheat here and do not specify some costs directly and seem comparatively cheap, however, it then costs everything extra as with an Easyjet flight. Some companies offer, for example, in addition to the actual transport, the assembly and disassembly of the furniture or conditions such as packing the furniture and items. In addition, it is important to know that EU citizens do not have to observe customs regulations, people from other countries, of course, do. Look up such regulations in advance at the customs, there you can find out everything necessary, even specific to the country from which you come. Furthermore, it is important that you take care of the deregistration of your apartment or house in your home country, or find a new landlord or owner. Also, deregister with your electricity, heating and water providers in time. And don’t forget to deregister from bank contracts, clubs and other obligations (be aware of the notice periods).
The most popular sights
After arriving in Luxembourg, you will probably want to explore the country a bit and get to know it better, for this we have picked out a few of the most beautiful places and attractions you can visit.
- Palais Grand-Ducal, a palace dating back to the 16th century. The palace even has guards who march up and down in front of the palace all day. The light buildings, i.e. the palace and the associated old town gates are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Catedrale Notre Dame, is an outstandingly beautiful cathedral, which charms not only from the outside but also from the inside.
- Adolphe Bridge is an arched bridge and is one of the largest in the world.
- Barrio Grund, is the valley on the Alzette, here there is usually a lot of hustle and bustle, as the district has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, cafes and clubs. Including the beautiful architecture, the old buildings and facades and the cobblestone streets.
- Chemin de la Corniche, the most beautiful balcony in Europe, with a view over the city with its gates, the river Alzette and the many small houses.
- Philharmonie Luxembourg, concert hall of the philharmonic orchestra of Luxembourg.
- Casemates du Bock, these are the 17th century caves belonging to the fortress.
Culinary specialties – the most famous and popular dishes
- The traditional Luxembourgish cuisine is a rather simple and rather invigorating cuisine, which owes its origin to the peasant activity of the past. Therefore, they mostly cook with vegetables that can be grown by themselves and that need little attention, the two most important vegetables in Luxembourg are therefore, the potato and the bean.
- Bouneschlupp, a bean soup to which potatoes, onions, carrots, leeks and bacon are added.
- Judd mat Gaardebounen, smoked pork neck plate with beans
- Traipen, grilled sausage
- Kashkeis, a cheese made from curdled milk powder
- Bam cake, a spiess cake that can only be bought on certain occasions
- Quetschentaart, a plum cake
We hope we could help you and wish you a good and successful start in Luxembourg. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.