A new law has been adopted in Luxembourg to modernize the immigration framework but also to make it easier for people (highly qualified workers, investors, students and entrepreneur from outside the EU) to work in the country.
The Law of 8 March 2017 amending the Law of 28 August 2008 on free movement and immigration was published on Monday, 20 March 2017, in the legal gazette (Mémorial A). It will enter into force this Friday, 24 March 2017.
The EU Blue Card: It is a permit for highly qualified worker and under the new law it is now more flexible. As a third-country nationals you must meet the following requirements:
Hold a valid visa
Have a job offer of at least one year
Have a salary corresponding to 1.5 times the current minimum wage (1.2 times for IT specialists),
Work in one of the following professions:
→ Mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians
→ Systems analysts
→ Software developers
→ Web and multimedia developers
→ Applications programmers
→ Software and application developers and analysts, multimedia developers
→ Database designers and administrators
→ Systems administrators
→ Computer network professionals
→ Database and network professionals not elsewhere classified
Employees will get a residency permit for 4 years (until now it used to be for 2 years only). If at the end of those 4 years, they still fulfill the above conditions, they will be eligible to a renewal of another 4 years.
Another important aspect is that the employees will be able to request immediately a residence permit for their families (until now they had to wait 1 year)
Third-country nationals working under the highly qualified worker status may under certain conditions benefit from a tax deduction on the grounds of expenses related to their setup in Luxembourg.
The Intra-Company Transfers (ICT) Permit: This permit make it easier for a third-country company to build up an EU hub, as executive employees and experts workers will receive work permits for up to 3 years while trainees will have work permits for up to one year. Like for the EU Blue card, employees with a residence permit for ICT will have the possibility to bring their families to Luxembourg.
With this residence permit employees will be able to live and work in Luxembourg, but will also be able to move to a second country by application of a new mobility scheme
The Students: at the University of Luxembourg who graduate with a 5-year degree or finish their PhD-thesis in Luxembourg will now be able to apply for a residency permit right after their studies (until now they are to apply from their country of legal residence). To be able to apply for a residency permit, the students will need :
To have their residence in Luxembourg and work for a Luxembourg-based company
To want to launch their own startup in Luxembourg which will be in line with their academic education.
The Entrepreneurs: A residency permit of 3 years can be given to self-employed individuals or entrepreneurs that can prove they have a viable business plan for their startup in Luxembourg (it can be renewed 3 years by 3 years). For more details: Luxembourg: New 3rd Country Resident Visa for "Quality Investors"
The Business Continuity Activities: A new work permit has been introduced for employees who are temporarily sent to Luxembourg on a very short notice in order to ensure business continuity when there is a serious incident. This enables the companies to keep on working and service their customers. The companies will need to be registered in Luxembourg .
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