Luxembourg Transitions to Smartcard Permanent Residence Permits

Luxembourg’s Directorate of Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has announced that old-format residence cards and permanent residence cards for third-country nationals who are family members of a European Union citizen will cease to be valid on August 3, 2023.

  • From June 1, 2021, residence permits and permanent residence cards in Luxembourg have been issued in the form of biometric smartcards.
  • Cards issued before June 1, 2021, in the old format (secure printed paper with photo) can still be used during the transitional period, as long as they have not yet reached their expiry date.
  • This transition period ends on August 3, 2023.

Holders of old-format residence permits must exchange it for a new one before August 3, 2023 in order to continue to have a valid residence document and to avoid problems when travelling abroad or dealing with the authorities. The Directorate of Immigration has confirmed that all those affected have been informed by letter of the procedure to be followed, and should exchange their cards as soon as possible.

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