Becoming a Luxembourg Citizen

Information on how to get Luxembourg nationality, to allow the same legal rights as a Luxembourger by birth…

Becoming a Luxembourg national enables residents to have the same civil and political rights as a Luxembourger by birth. In addition, Luxembourg citizens have access to a few positions that are not open to EU or non-EU nationals. Foreigners wishing to take on full Luxembourg citizenship now have to comply with the following conditions:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Prove residence in Luxembourg for a minimum of five consecutive years
  • Show sufficient knowledge of at least one of the three official languages of Luxembourg
  • Pass an evaluation test in spoken Luxembourgish
  • Follow citizenship courses (no exam taken)
  • Provide sufficient guarantees of good repute

Applications to obtain Luxembourg nationality are submitted to the registrar (officier de l'Etat Civil) of the commune of the place of residence of the applicant, who must appear in person before the registrar. They may be assisted by a person of their choice. The application must be signed by the candidate or their legal representative. 

If all conditions are fulfilled and all the required documents are on file, the officier de l'Etat Civil issues the application for naturalization and the file is then forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.

Any missing documents must be submitted within 3 months, or the application is not examined.

The Guichet website has up to date details on acquiring Luxembourg nationality, including a list of the documents required. Note: Dual nationality has been allowed since 2009, for persons whose country of origin recognises it. Embassies and consulates can provide information on laws regarding dual nationalities for different countries.

  • Infoline Nationality Tel: 8002 1000  / (+352) 247-88588 (from abroad)

Citizenship by birth

In general, the children of Luxembourg citizens are classed as Luxembourg nationals – wherever in the world they are born. A child adopted by a Luxembourg citizen is also entitled to full citizenship.

The Law of 8 March 2017 now allows citizenship to children born in Luxembourg to non-Luxembourg parents. They can claim Luxembourg nationality provided that:

  • he has had a habitual residence and a regular stay in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for at least five consecutive years and immediately preceding the majority; and
  • one of his non-Luxembourg parents or adoptive parents lived in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for at least 12 consecutive months and immediately preceding the birth. 

Further Information

  • The Luxembourg Nationality Law of 8 March 2017 (PDF)
  • Office of Luxembourg Nationality
  • At: 13, rue Erasme, Administrative Center Pierre Werner / Kirchberg, L - 2934 Luxembourg
  • Infoline Nationality Tel: 8002 1000 Monday-Friday 08:00-13:00 and 13:30-17:00