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LUXEMBOURG – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The Luxembourg government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective immediately. A lower salary threshold now applies to certain shortage occupations in the ICT sector. The government fee for a residence permit application has also increased.

Salary Thresholds

EU Blue Card holders in Luxembourg must now be paid at least €71,946 per year (1.5 times the average annual salary in Luxembourg), up from €69,858.

The immigration authorities in Luxembourg have also announced a list of shortage occupations to which a lower minimum annual salary of €57,556.80 applies (1.2 times the average annual salary).

The qualifying occupations are mostly in the ICT sector, where the Luxembourg government has identified a need to attract more non-EU national workers:

  • mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians;
  • system analysts;
  • software developers;
  • web and multimedia developers;
  • applications programmers;
  • software and application developers and analysts not elsewhere classified;
  • database designers and administrators;
  • systems administrators;
  • computer network professionals;
  • database and network professionals not elsewhere classified.

Residence Permit Fee

The government fee for a residence permit application has recently increased to €80 from €50.

Background

The Luxembourg government regularly adjusts the minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals.

The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit, implemented in most EU countries, designed to attract highly skilled non-EU nationals. To qualify, applicants need advanced qualifications or substantial experience, among other requirements. Benefits include the flexibility to change employers or move to another EU country and work permission for a spouse.

Action Items

  • Review the salaries of current and future EU Blue Card holders in Luxembourg;
  • Note the occupations qualifying for a lower minimum salary.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Osch & Arendt.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.