New passports and visas office opened in Lux on 4 September.
Photo: Maison Moderne archives
Luxembourg’s new passports and visas office was officially opened by foreign minister Jean Asselborn on Tuesday 4 September 2018. The new premises is located at: 6, rue de l’Ancien Athenee, L-1144 Luxembourg.
The Office of Passports, Visas and Legalisations (BPVL), which is part of the Department of Consular Affairs and International Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, has 26 employees and is headed by Mario Wiesen.
At the inauguration, it was revealed that the BPVL, along with CTIE (the government’s information technology centre) is currently working to set up an application on MyGuichet, to allow the entry and electronic processing of visa requests, similar to the system that was introduced for passport applications on 3 September 2018.
With regards to legalisation, a new application was posted on Guichet.lu on 31 August, which simplifies procedures by allowing pre-registration and prepayment, thus a faster application processing time.
Further measures to facilitate passport applications are in preparation but still require some adaptations to the legal texts. When in place, the new measures will have a positive impact for Luxembourgers residing abroad or who find themselves in an emergency situation abroad that requires consular assistance.