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LUXEMBOURG – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

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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.