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Reclaiming Luxembourg Nationality

 

   
 

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The local Diplomatic Missions in the United States (Embassy and Consulates General) do not process applications to Reclaim Luxembourg Nationality.

 

 

The Ministry of Justice in Luxembourg is in charge of reviewing applications and decision making in all aspects of acquiring Luxembourg Nationality.

 

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In 2008 the Luxembourg Government allowed all Luxembourg Citizens to obtain double (or multiple) nationality(ies) without having to renounce their current Luxembourg Citizenship. This new law is more elaborate than the previous double nationality law, which had only allowed double nationality from birth.

 

 

 

The Luxembourg government opened a window from 2008 to 2018 to allow adults who had lost their Luxembourg nationality and Luxembourg descendants (with a direct maternal or paternal ancestor who held Luxembourgish nationality on January 1, 1900) the right to reclaim Luxembourg Nationality .

 

 

 

You have until December 31st of 2018 to put in your application with the Ministry of Justice for the “First Step: receiving the Certificate that you have a Luxembourg Ancestor” (in French this is called “Certificat d’Aïeul”), and as of April 2017, "The Second Step must be completed by the 31st of December 2020, where you must sign, in the presence of a civil registrar, a declaration to reclaim Luxembourgish nationality."

 
   
   
   

 

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HOW TO RECLAIM LUXEMBOURG NATIONALITY

 
   
   

 

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INSTRUCTIONS FIRST STEP: HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR ANCESTRY CERTIFICATE (deadline December 31st 2018)

 
   

https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/citoyennete/nationalite-luxembourgeoise/certificats/certificat-aieul.html

 

Please send all of your documents requested in the link above to the Nationality Office (Service de l'indigénat) at the Ministry of Justice (Ministère de la Justice) with a cover letter stating why you wish to obtain Luxembourg Nationality (make sure to list your name / address / phone number and email in your cover letter) to the following address in Luxembourg using an express courier such a Federal Express / UPS or DHL as the deadline is December 31st 2018:

 
   
name of office within the department: SERVICE DE L'INDIGENAT (for express courier place this in the NAME OF PERSON category)  
   
name of department: MINISTERE DE LA JUSTICE (for express courier place this in NAME OF COMPANY category)  
   
street address: 13, rue Erasme   
   
City: Luxembourg   
   
zip code: 1468 (do not use L-1468 for express courier just the numbers 1468)  
   
Country: LUXEMBOURG  
   
phone number: (+352) 247 84547             
                                            
                                                                            
   

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SECOND STEP: AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR ANCESTRY CERTIFICATE (deadline December 31st 2020):

 

   

https://guichet.public.lu/citoyens/en/citoyennete/nationalite-luxembourgeoise/acquisition-recouvrement/recouvrement/index.html

 
   

(please make sure to click on SHOW ALL on the right side middle page in order to open all of the sections of the instructions)

 
   
In the above link you will be asked to fill out the "Notice Biographique" (Biographical Notice).  
For your convenience we have translated the "Notice Biographique" as it is in French and German on the website  
notice biographique NEW Biographical Notice Luxembourg ENGLISH TRANSLATION AS A REFERENCE  
   
   
   
   

 

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TIPS REGARDING YOUR ANCESTOR'S CERTIFICATES AND GENEALOGY

 
   
   
   

Ancestor's Certificates

 
   
please refer to the document below for useful referrals in order to better find your ancestor's birth / marriage / death certificates in Luxembourg:  
How to obtain your Luxembourg Ancestor Certificates  
   
   
   
   

Luxembourg Genealogy Resources: Getting Started (University of St. Thomas)

 
   

A guide to conducting Luxembourg genealogy using the the resources found in the Bach-Dunn Collection at the University of St. Thomas

 
   
Quoted from their website: "The Department of Special Collections houses one the largest collection of Luxembourg-related material in North America -- over 3,000 books, periodical volumes, maps, and rolls of microfilm.  Much of this material is of potential use to the genealogist.  Resources housed in the Department emphasize "Luxembourgers in Luxembourg" somewhat more than "Luxembourgers in the United States."  Other than the immigrant generation, you probably will need to seek resources on your American Luxembourg ancestors elsewhere." Please refer to the link below:  

https://libguides.stthomas.edu/luxgen

 
   
   
   
   

 

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CONTACTING THE TEAMS OF EXPERTS IN LUXEMBOURG

 
   
   

  

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONALITY INFOLINE:

 
   
For more personalized information regarding reclaiming Luxembourg Citizenship please contact the LUXEMBOURG NATIONALITY INFOLINE at the MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (they all speak English) as this number is answered by the team who receives the applications and makes the decisions. They are 9 hours ahead of the West Coast of the United States as they are located in Luxembourg. Tel. (011) (352) 247-88588  
   
   

 

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BIERGER CENTER:

 
   
Please also contact the BIERGER CENTER (they all speak English) who are a “one stop shop” for Luxembourg citizens and future citizens at Tel. (011) (352) 4796-2200 as they have been assisting in the reclaiming Luxembourg Nationality process.  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK (read the instructions and the list of documents to submit) and refer to the following link of instructions before calling the experts https://guichet.public.lu/citoyens/en/citoyennete/nationalite-luxembourgeoise/acquisition-recouvrement/recouvrement/index.html  
   
You are encouraged to call the experts listed above who speak English, are the authorities who will be accepting your application, and have been assisting hundreds of people reclaim Luxembourg Nationality at no cost (please make sure to check out the instructions in the link above before calling them).  
   
As there have been changes in the laws of Luxembourg nationality as of April of 2017, it is important that you utilize the above experts to help you go through your application to make sure that you have the correct documents.  
   
   

 

 

 

From their website:

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Luxembourg Nationality “INFOLINE” is 011-352-247-88588 (Ministry of Justice – “Service de l’Indigénat”)

Ministère de la Justice

Service de l’indigénat - ministère de la Justice

13, rue Erasme

Centre Administratif Pierre Werner / Kirchberg

L-2934 - Luxembourg

Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Nationalite@mj.public.lu

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Phone:

Nationality Infoline: Monday to Friday from 8.30-12.00 and 13.30-17.00

Calls from Luxembourg: 8002 1000 (toll free number)

Calls from abroad: (+352) 247 88588

Certificate of nationality (Heimatschein):

(+352) 247 84532

Secretariat: (+352) 247 84547

Fax: (+352) 26 20 27 59

Opening hours

from Monday to Friday (except on public holidays) from 8.30 to 11.30 and from 14.30 to 16.00 (special opening hours

during the summer holidays and the Christmas period).

 

 

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The local Diplomatic Missions in the United States (Embassy and Consulates General) do not process applications to Reclaim Luxembourg Nationality.

 

 

Please note that applicants should always contact the competent authorities of their country of citizenship before acquiring a foreign nationality in order to verify whether the law of this first country also accepts the principle of dual (or multiple) citizenship.

EXAMPLE: if you are a US Citizen considering reclaiming Luxembourg Nationality please contact the US State Department before acquiring Luxembourg Nationality  

 

 

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