Who is Eligible?
According to Article 29 of the Luxembourg Nationality Law, any individual with an ancestor born in Luxembourg or certain former territories of the Netherlands who was alive on or after January 1st, 1900 is eligible to recover citizenship.
Individuals whose Luxembourg ancestor lost their Luxembourg citizenship any time before January 1, 1900 due to laws in effect during the time may not qualify.
Recent criminal convictions may also make an otherwise qualifying applicant ineligible to recover Luxembourg citizenship.
What is the deadline?
Article 29 of the Law of 23 October 2008 on Luxembourg Nationality limits the time period that descendants of a Luxembourg ancestor can apply for citizenship. An application for Phase 1 of Luxembourg Citizenship recovery must be received by December 31st, 2018.
In most cases, citizens of the U.S.A. must start Phase 1 of the application process no later than June 2018. All service agreements with LuxCitizenship signed after June 10, 2018, will be subject to expedited or rush service rates. Please contact us for more information.
Do I need to hire a translator?
All civil records in Luxembourg must be written in or translated to French or German. We have court-certified translators on staff to ensure an accepted translation.
Do I have to go to Luxembourg in person?
Yes. To complete Phase 2 and recover citizenship, you must appear in person before the Civil Registry in Luxembourg City or another commune of Luxembourg.
The in-person meeting is straightforward and can be carried out in English.
What are the implications of Dual Citizenship?
Neither the United States of America nor the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg forbid dual citizenship. The Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C. encourages all interested applicants to inform themselves about the implications of dual citizenship. U.S. applicants should contact the State Department for any serious questions.
LuxCitizenship only provides applicants with process information concerning applying for Luxembourg dual citizenship. LuxCitizenship does not provide legal advice.
Will I owe any taxes to Luxembourg?
Only individuals with some form of Luxembourg source income, such as that from inheritance, real estate, rental income, or business/employment income in Luxembourg, owe Luxembourg taxes.
LuxCitizenship can direct individuals with Luxembourg source income to the competent Luxembourg-based institutions for more information.