On Thursday, 29 September 2011, the Welcome and Integration Contract was officially launched by the Minister of Family and Integration, Ms Marie-Josée JACOBS, and the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Ms Mady DELVAUX- STEHRES.
The CAI has been provided for by the Law of 16 December 2008 on the reception and integration of foreigners in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and its implementation was defined by the Grand Ducal Regulation of 2 September 2011.
With the CAI, the Luxembourg Government has endowed itself with an innovative tool facilitating integration in Luxembourg. Its implementation lies with the Reception and Integration Agency (OLAI), an administration under the responsibility of the Ministry of Family and Integration.
The CAI is proposed to any foreigner of at least 16 years of age who resides legally on the territory of Luxembourg and wishes to remain on a permanent basis. It is optional and aimed as much at European Union citizens as at third country nationals, at new arrivals as well as at people who have been living in Luxembourg for many years. It is not mandatory in any way.
In order for the contract to be validated by a certificate, it is essential to fulfil these three services.
The language training course will enable the signatory of the CAI to reach at least Basic User Level A.1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in one or more of the three administrative languages of Luxembourg – i.e. Luxembourgish, French, or German. The signatory will have the choice between the courses - authorised by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training - organised by the communes and associations, those organised by Lycées, and those organised by the National Institute for Languages / Institut national des Langues. S/he may enrol at the discounted rate determined by the training provider.
The citizenship training course aims to provide insight on integration and on the basic conditions of a harmonious cohabitation in a plural Luxembourg as well as on the history of Luxembourg, its political organisation, and its mores and customs. Courses are organised jointly by the OLAI and the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training in partnership with the communes and Lycées.
Organised twice a year, the orientation day will take place during a half day at the weekend. It will include various partners and is aimed at enabling the signatory candidate to have better knowledge of Luxembourg's official establishments and organisations, in a friendly atmosphere.
Advantages for the signatory candidate:
Signing this contract is above all a symbolic act by which the signatory candidate and the State testify to their mutual commitment to integration. There are also other advantages:
If you are interested in signing the CAI, you can contact the OLAI from Monday 3rd October to make an appointment for an information session, either by phone on 247 85785, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by presenting yourself at the OLAI reception desk (7-9, avenue Victor Hugo L-1750 Luxembourg). Please specify at this time of it is necessary to plan an interpreter and for what language.
On the day of the appointment, bring a valid ID card and a document attesting to the legality of your stay in Luxembourg (residence card or permit,…) Please allow for about 2 hours for the presentation of the CAI and an interview to determine your linguistic needs as well as other possible orientation needs.
§ Signatory candidates will be informed of the dates of the beginning of the services that may interest them. This information may be completed by additional information at any time. They will then receive a voucher to enrol in a language training course of their choice and a signatory card to prove registry and attendance for all the services.
For further information, please refer to the OLAI website:
or to the website created especially for CAI signatories: