The new law aims to make it easier to gain Luxembourg nationality
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There are new criteria for anyone wishing to become a Luxembourger starting 1 April when the new nationality law entered into force.
Aimed at easing access to nationality, the main changes for people not born in Luxembourg concern the lowering of residency clause from seven to five years, a change in the way language exams are marked and an increase in the number of hours of compulsory civics classes from six to 24.
Applicants who have been resident in Luxembourg for 20 years or more (of which the last year before the application was not interrupted) are not required to take a language test. Instead, they must attend 24 hours of Luxembourgish classes at the INL or other accredited language schools.
Foreign people born in Luxembourg could claim Luxembourg nationality from the age of 12 onwards on the condition that they are a resident of the Grand Duchy for five years preceding the application and that one parent is a resident of Luxembourg for 12 months before the child’s birth. Once they reach 18, nationality is awarded automatically.