Learn More About Trevor

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Trevor started the process for citizenship reclamation after winning a Luxembourg Brotherhood of America scholarship at the Schobermesse in 2011. His Great Aunt Mary Lou Eischen, a Chicago native whose grandparents hail from the Grand Duchy, discovered at the event that the Luxembourg government had passed a law in 2008, also known as Article 29, that made the descendants of Luxembourgish ancestors eligible to reclaim their citizenship. Since winning the scholarship, he has worked on the project and shared his experiences on this blog, where he hopes to help the community of people throughout the globe who are trying to become dual-citizens.

Trevor currently lives and works in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his girlfriend and two cats, Mimi and Maytag, who unfortunately do not share the passion of Luxembourg heritage that he expresses on this blog. When not blogging about Luxembourg, he enjoys writing, running, biking, golfing, photography, discussing politics, watching Futurama reruns and listening to classical music.

Trevor visited the capital of Luxembourg in 2014 and cannot wait to explore other parts of the country in the future. Until the day arrives when he’s a millionaire who can afford multiple trips to the Grand Duchy each year — and maybe a summer home somewhere in the Grund — he will enjoy the quaint European nation via its news, cuisine and traditions.

Email: trevoreischen1714@gmail.com

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31 thoughts on “Learn More About Trevor

  1. Passport Information
    We just received our passports and I’d like to share some information on the wire transfer. There is a hidden fee of 30 euros after you transfer the 50 euros to Luxembourg to pay for your passport.

    I was warned by the embassy to make sure I sent enough to cover any charges. they said a woman recently sent 50 euros but only 20 was there when they went to collect the passport charges.

    The problem is no one can tell you what the charges are. I called the bank (BCEE) that they tell you to transfer the funds to and they said that they don’t charge a fee. However, the bank that they transfer your funds to does charge a fee. BCEE is only an intermediary and not the final destination.

    I transferred 250 euros to Luxembourg to pay for four passports (plus an extra 50, to cover any extra fees). I was told yesterday that I had 20 euros left. That means that the passport office’s receiving bank charged a fee of 30 euros, the same as the woman the embassy told me about. I hope this bit of information is helpful to anyone applying for a passport.

  2. I just received confirmation that as a newly recovered citizen, I am automatically registered to vote in the upcoming election. Voting is complusory and there are fines levied if you don’t. I’ll be happy to share the form I received from the embassy today. Time is running out to get the information to vote by mail. I was originally told by the embassy not to worry about it. Today, I received an urgent email correcting their earlier communication.

    • Huh, so does this mean that you’re officially a Luxembourger? I haven’t received anything in regards to the upcoming election. Send me that information I can post it for all. Thanks for bringing this up. I’m glad to know now that voting is compulsory. Wouldn’t want to incur fines for not participating in democracy.

  3. Hello Trevor, I just discovered your blog as I begin this process myself. My paternal great-grandfather was born in Luxembourg in 1855 and died in Minnesota in 1930 (his father also died in Minnesota in 1901). I look forward to reading through this to get as much information as I can – thanks for such a great (and entertaining) resource.

  4. Glad to see more folks taking the plunge. We only received our passports last month. Now, my daughter and I just gotten our ballots for the Oct. 20 election in the mail. It will take some time to figure exactly what we need to do to comply, as well as familiarize ourselves with Luxembourgish politics. We take our civic responsibilities seriously and are trying to be good citizens.

  5. I recently found out that the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society has started a consultation service for anyone would like to start the process and needs someone to guide them step-by-step. The initial 60-minute consultation will run a non-member $200. The total for a non-member will run about $1,550. I couldn’t find the information on their website but it was sent to me when I inquired. They can also help with the certified French translations that will be required towards the end of the process. I’ll be happy to forward the consultation price list it to anyone who’d like it

  6. Hi Trevor- we returned from our trip to Luxembourg 2 weeks ago and successfully submitted our applications! It went down without a hitch, took under 30 minutes, and the clerk spoke perfect english and even knows of the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society in WI. Government offices in Luxembourg are nothing like in the US. Don’t be afraid — after all, they are Luxembourgers! So nice, very efficient! I see you learned this already, but for those who don’t know, you can order the Luxembourg Police report via email by including a jpg of your passport (Casier.Judiciaire@justice.etat.lu), but write your email in FRENCH . We got ours in 5 days, If you have never lived there, you don’t have a record, but still need a copy, and it is free. Also, when you go to the Bierger-Center to file your papers, you take a number and wait, no appointment. Then, go play! What a beautiful city with quite a history. We really enjoyed the City History Museum, which perfectly explains why the entire city is built on fortress walls and casemates. And don’t miss the incredible food and pastries… French, German, Luxembourgish, and we even had fabulous Italian. I found my grandmother’s rhubarb torte – which she called kutchen – and it was exactly the same. And now, 5-6 months to hear back from them. One last thing, once you have your Lux Nationality, you are not required to get a passport, but can, by visiting the embassy in S.F, D.C., or going back to Lux City.

  7. Also, I hail from the Lux clan of Wisconsin, home of the L-ACS. They are hosting a Wester Family reunion this August, with over 200 Westers, many of which still live in the area. It happens every 10 years I think. My cousin Kevin (Wester) is organizing it.

  8. My gggrandfather, Michael Conzemius, was born in Luxembourg in 1848. He emigrated to the USA in 1870, married in 1871, had my ggrandfather in 1872, naturalized before 1900, and later died in South Dakota around 1919.

    Do you think I can use Michael Conzemius as my Luxembourg ancestor for reclaiming citizenship? I won’t have any trouble documenting my ancestral line back to and including Michael.

    Just wondering Michael’s ‘naturalization’ before 1900 is going to be a problem.

    • Jeff, I don’t think it will be a problem. It is my understanding that they are not so interested in that aspect. They are only asking for birth, marriage and death certificates. Hopefully the naturalization does not show up in one of those. I would pursue it if I were you.

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