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One can become a U.S. Citizen through a variety of means—birth in the United States, birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, or through the naturalization process. For all of these, a specific series of legal requirements must be met. At the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, we can provide certification of U.S. citizenship for eligible individuals born abroad to U.S. citizen parents. We also processes Certificates of Loss of Nationality for those U.S. citizens who would like to give up their U.S. citizenship or believe that they have expatriated themselves.
Please note: There is no walk-in service for United States citizens who require a service related to notarials, passports, citizenship or birth registration. These services are by appointment only.
Exceptions to the appointment requirements in cases of bona fide Emergency such as:
Exceptions are made, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Consular Officer. To request an Emergency appointment Contact the U.S. Embassy by e-mail: email@example.com
The Department of State assists U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas and works to ensure their fair and humane treatment.
The Department of State helps the family and friends of U.S. citizens who die abroad. We inform the U.S. citizen’s next-of-kin of the death and we provide information on arrangements for local burial or the return of remains to the United States and on disposition of estates and personal effects. We also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, an official record of death.
International Parental Child Abduction
The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues works to resolve and prevent cases of international parental child abduction and to help children and families involved in abduction cases. For more information, see our international parental child abduction page on travel.state.gov.
The Department of State helps U.S. citizens who are victims of crime overseas. We connect crime victims with police and other services and provide information and resources to assist with physical, emotional, and/or financial injuries from crime.
Are you a U.S. citizen who needs a passport?
U.S. citizens in need of emergency financial assistance while abroad should first attempt to contact their family, friends, banking institution, or employer. Our American Citizen Services unit can assist in this effort, if necessary.
Use a commercial money transfer service, such as Western Union or MoneyGram., to wire money overseas. Money transfer cost comparison tools online can help you identify the best option. The person receiving the money will need to present proof of identity such as a passport.
Sending Money through the U.S. Department of State
When the commercial options listed above are not available or feasible, family or friends may send funds via the U.S. Department of State for delivery to a destitute U.S. citizen abroad at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State assesses a $30 fee to establish an account and transfer funds.
Destitute U.S. citizens may be eligible for a loan from the U.S. government to travel to the United States. Repatriation loans must eventually be paid back to the U.S. government. Your U.S. passports will be limited at the time the loan is issued and in most cases you will not be issued a new passport until the loan is paid in full. Contact us for more information.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. We provide many services, and the most common are listed below.
Travelers to the U.S. can get visa information and guidance.
U.S. Citizens overseas can renew passports, replace passports, or apply for new passports.
Anyone can take advantage of our notarial services.
If you are a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), you are responsible for filing U.S. federal income tax returns while abroad. You will find useful information on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, such as Frequently Asked Questions about taxes or how to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
If you are a U.S. dual citizen or U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, you can register with the Selective Service System.
If you live in Luxembourg and have questions about Social Security Administration (SSA) services, contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at the U.S. Embassy Dublin –>
U.S. service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits on the U.S. service members, veterans, and their beneficiaries can apply for benefits on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) may also be able to help veterans and beneficiaries with questions about benefits and services. The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) may also be able to help veterans and beneficiaries with questions about benefits and services.
Depending on where you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) here. Print, sign, and return the FPCA to your local U.S. election office. Include your email address so election officials can reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you will receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. We recommend completing a new FPCA each January, or when you move.
The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.Medical Assistance Legal Assistance Criminal Records Checks and Fingerprints Obtaining Vital Records Victims of Crime Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
The EMERGENCY number in Luxembourg is 112, to be used: In any case of emergency or accident requiring immediate medical treatment, to call an ambulance, the fire brigade (the number for the police is 113). To get information in case of emergency about hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeons on-call. On duty hospitals (hôpitaux de garde) provide emergency services on a rotation system. To know which one is on duty, it is advisable to call 112 first, to check the local newspapers or online. The list of hospital on duty for the current period is also available here.
The following individuals and firms have informed the Embassy that they are qualified to adjudicate law in the categories specified and that they are sufficiently competent in the English language to provide services to English-speaking clients. If other languages are available, a reference is listed. Generally, this list is revised triennially. The website www.barreau.lu – Luxembourg Bar Association – provides information on legal assistance, legal fees, etc. It offers the possibility to find lawyers by name or specialization.
Criminal Records Checks and Fingerprints
The Embassy does not provide background check services. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. Please refer to the website of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) in order to obtain an Identity History Summary Check (FBI Report). Alternatively you can contact the state/local police department where you reside or last resided in the United States to request that they conduct a criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record.
Additional copies of U.S. records such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates have to be requested from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. We help in two ways: Overseas: consular officers, agents, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems. In the United States: our office of Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States, and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
In Luxembourg, if your immediate safety is at risk, dial “113” or contact your local police department. In non-emergency situations, call the violence.lu helpline at +352 2060 1060 (7/7 12pm to 8pm).
Short Term and Long Term Residency Information.
Tax Professionals – Internal Revenue Service
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A list of certified translators in Luxembourg is published (in French) by the Ministry of Justice in Luxembourg. To access this list, please click below.
Lost and Found Property in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Police have a “Lost and Found” office that you may contact to verify whether your belongings were returned: Service National des Objets Trouvés (SNOT) Opening hours: Weekdays, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4pm By phone +352 244 24 4070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The adoption process varies greatly, as it is governed by the laws of the countries where the adoptive parents and the child reside (which in the case of the United States means both federal and state law), and also in which of these locations the legal adoption is finalized. Additionally, if the child’s home country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention, the Hague processes of both countries must be followed. Prospective adoptive parents should consider all of these factors when evaluating what to expect. Please visit the Department of State intercountry adoption page for further adoption information. Adoptions in Luxembourg In Luxembourg, prospective adoptive parents should contact the Central Adoption Authority: Ministry of Children, Education and Youth. Phone: +352 247 83624 Email: email@example.com
A child born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may be eligible for U.S. citizenship if the parent(s) meets the requirements for transmitting U.S. citizenship under the Immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. citizens eligible to transmit citizenship are required to file for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: To register for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, you must schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org to visit the embassy with your child and submit all the documentation. All applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad must be completed in full, including passport forms. If you arrive for an appointment with incomplete applications, your appointment will be cancelled and rescheduled for another day. We ask that you carefully review all of the following information in full and please submit any queries to email@example.com For more information and details on how to apply click on the link below.
U.S. embassy and consulate personnel cannot perform marriages. Depending on the local law, civil or religious officials generally perform marriages. If your marriage overseas was performed in accordance with local law, it is valid in the country where it took place. Whether your marriage is recognized elsewhere depends on the laws of that place.