Luxembourg: Plans for post-Brexit treatment of British nationals

Luxembourg: Plans for post-Brexit treatment of British nationals


The Luxembourg Government has advised of its plans for the process British nationals will have to complete in order to retain their residency status when living and working in Luxembourg post-Brexit.

What has changed?

The details published by the Luxembourg Government details the process UK nationals residing in Luxembourg prior to the end of December 2020 must follow in order to retain their work and residence status in Luxembourg following the Brexit transition period which ends on December 31, 2020.

Eligible applicants will experience a simplified application process including an online biometrics submission and personal appearance at the authorities. UK nationals who have already been resident in Luxembourg for at least 5 years by December 31, 2020 will be permitted to apply for a permanent residence permit. Those UK nationals residing in Luxembourg who have not yet attained the five-year period by December 31, 2020 will be eligible to apply for a special national permit type with a validity matching their previous permit (5-10 years). After the expiry of said special national permit, holders will need to renew the document according to the regulations set by the government at that time.

Further to this, the Luxembourg government plans for Non-EU family members of UK nationals holding a corresponding residence permit being able to similarly apply for a national residence permit. However, it does not include any provisions for cross-border workers at present.
Eligible applicants and their family members will have until June 30th 2021 to obtain the necessary permits.

Who is affected?

The new plans will impact UK nationals already present, who intend to continue residing and / or working in Luxembourg beyond December 31, 2020. They must ensure they complete the necessary immigration requirements newly set by the Luxembourg Government and obtain the relevant residence permit in order to remain compliant.

For further information on Luxembourg’s handling of British nationals post-Brexit, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at 

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