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Can I become a Luxembourg Citizen? Luxembourgish Citizenship

Posted on 17 July 2021 by Team@LuxExpats

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union and being a Luxembourg citizen means you're also the citizen of the European Union. Luxembourgish passport is one of the most powerful with one can travel to 172 countries visa-free with Luxembourg passport. European Union citizens do not require any specific documentation to live and work in Luxembourg. However, people coming from outside of the European Union, commonly referred to as third-country nationals, who are adults and are looking to work here require a work-permit for establishing long-term residence in Luxembourg.

The current population of Luxembourg is 634000 and is growing at more than 1% every year and is expected to soon reach a million. The country's GDP is strong, driven by the finance and associated industries. As the country grows from strength-to-strength, Luxembourg is also becoming home to many third-country nationals. In fact, 48000 non-EU residents are estimated to be in Luxembourg in 2000. Refer Statista statista.com/statistics/584918/foreigners-in-luxembourg-by-nationality

Now, there are 10 ways to become a Luxembourg citizen, as listed here: guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/citoyennete/nationalite-luxembourgeoise/acquisition-recouvrement/option.html

In this post, we will focus on Case No. 7 - becoming a naturalised citizen of Luxembourg as an adult. You need to meet the following three requirements:

1. Legally resided in Luxembourg for at least 5 years. The final year of residence immediately preceding the option declaration must have been uninterrupted;

2. Have knowledge of the Luxembourgish language, as evidenced by a Luxembourgish language test pass certificate;

3. Have taken the "Vivre ensemble au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" course or passed the test covering the topics taught in this course.

These are basic requirements and is one of the most straightforward among the lowest residency requirement among the EU countries (Germany for example requires 8 years).

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