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Welcome to the website of the Austrian Consulate General in New York!
Welcome to the homepage of the Austrian Consulate General in New York. We would like to offer you on our website general information about Austria as well as our work here. The area of jurisdiction of the Austrian Consulate General in New York covers Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin as well as the British Overseas Territory Bermuda.
One of the key functions of the consulate is as a support service for expatriate and visiting Austrians. The Consulate provides services regarding the issuing of passports and visa, and many more. You can find us under the following address on the Upper East Side:
Austrian Consulate General
31 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Fax: +1 (212) 585 1992
Office hours: Mo – Fr 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Public hours: Mo - Fr 9:00 am - 12:00 noon (except public holidays)
EMERGENCY number (24/7) for Austrian citizens:
+1 917 612 9792
Please find information regarding visa (stays up to 180 days) here.
Please find information regarding residence titles here.
Please find information regarding Austrian passports here.
All matters (Passport, Visa, Residence Permit, Citizenship, Legalizations, etc.) require appointments booked through our online registry. Excluded from this requirement are emergencies for Austrian citizens only.
Consular Day in Chicago 2015
The Austrian Consulate General in New York will hold consular days "Amtstage" in Chicago on October 21 and 22, 2015. Please register yourself as soon as possible: appointment
Further Information you can find at the following Link.
If you are an Austrian citizen residing either permanently or for an extended period of time within the area of consular jurisdiction of the Austrian Consulate General in New York City, you are kindly requested to submit the following registration form.
The Austrian Consulate General aims to support the networking efforts of Austrians who want to establish themselves in New York City and the Tri-State Region.
Therefore, we are pleased to inform you about meetings of Austrians in New York City. For further information kindly get in touch with the Austrian Consulate General by e-mail.
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Letter by the Consul General to all Austrians in the Consular Area. First Information on the 2016 Elections for Federal President
National Day Reception 2015 at the Consulate General
Students and teachers from Leopoldstadt and Brooklyn visit the Consulate General
Leopoldstadt, the second Vienna District, and the New York Borough of Brooklyn have been partner boroughs since 2007, and the highscool in Pazmanitengasse, Leopoldstadt, and the John Dewey High School in Brooklyn are partners as well. Every year, a group of students from Leopoldstadt, having been selected through a presentation competition, spends a week at the partner school in Brooklyn. On October 23d, the four Leopoldstadt students, their accompanying teachers, and two students and teachers, respectively, from the John Dewey School visited the Consulate General. They spoke about their impressions, and Consul General Georg Heindl gave a briefing about the activities of the Consulate and the Austrian MFA.
A great partnership!
On the occasion of the 65th Anniversary Graz-Montclair - Tree Planting in the Graz Park
On September 18th, Consul General Georg Heindl and the Mayor of Montclair, the Hon. Robert Jackson planted a tree in the Graz Park of Montclair, New Jersey. This ceremony marked the 65th anniversary of the partnership between these cities. The friendship began immediately after WW II, when Montclair sent urgently needed medicine, medical equipment and Care-packages to Graz. Today, the cooperation between the Universities Graz and Montclair, with an annual exchange of students, is one of the motors of the partnership. In 2009, a cooperation between the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz and the Cali School of Music of Montclair State was added.
Austrian American Day Reception
Austrian – American Day reception at the Consulate General, Sept. 26, 2015
Our Austrian-American Day reception at the Consulate General was especially festive this year. We welcomed Federal President Heinz Fischer, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister of Education and Women’s Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek and Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management Andrä Rupprechter in our midst.
In his speech, Federal President Fischer highlighted the roots and the significance of Austrian-American friendship. He recalled the Marshall Plan aid, which was decisive for Austria’s post-war economic success, and the many exchange programs for students and young professionals which the US initiated after World War II and which continue to this day. He also dwelt on the United States’ role in providing a safe haven for Austrian refugees fleeing the Nazi regime.
Juliana Belcsak, President of the Austrian American Councils of North America, thanked President Fischer for his long standing support for the Austrians abroad.
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„The President of the National Council Doris Bures visited the Leo Baeck Institute and met the Austrian Exile-Community on August 27th in New York”.
During her visit for the IPU Conference, the Austrian President of Parliament Mrs. Doris Bures also paid a visit to the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute. Later in the evening Deputy Consul General Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog invited the Austrian Exile-Community and the “Gedenkdiener” for a Vin d´honneur.
President Bures, who also chairs the Board of Trustees of the Austrian National Fund for Victims of National Socialism, declared in her speech that Austria admitted co-responsibility in the Nazi crimes only late, but has set an important sign through the establishment of the National Fund twenty years ago.
Senator Franz Leichter, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Kurt Sonnenfeld, Gregorij von Leitis, Mona Golabek, Gregor Collins, Melissa Hacker, Greta Elbogen and Gita Kaufman attended the reception with many other guests.
Katharine Drexel at the center of the Pope’s homily in Philadelphia
Katharine Drexel, an American Saint with Austrian roots, at the center of the Pope’s homily in Philadelphia, Sept. 26th ,2015
His Holiness Pope Francis held mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 26th, and placed the story of Saint Katharine Drexel at the center of his homily there.
Katharine Drexel was the granddaughter of Franz Martin Drexel, who immigrated into the US from Dornbirn in Vorarlberg in 1817, and became a successful bank...er in Philadelphia. His two sons, Katharine’s father and uncle, continued in the banking business. Katharine’s uncle, Anthony Drexel, also founded Drexel University, today one of the leading higher learning institutions of Philadelphia.
Katharine, born in 1858, could easily have enjoyed the life of a rich heiress. Instead, she took an interest in the plight of Native Americans and African Americans who suffered from severe injustices. She used her fortune to help fund education for these population groups as key to improve their social situation. In 1887, she travelled to Europe and met with Pope Leo XIII. She asked him whether a religious order could be tasked to conduct educational work among Native Americans in Wyoming. - Whereupon Pope Leo replied "What about you? What are you going to do?”
This exhortation prompted Katharine to become a nun and to found a congregation which dedicated itself to founding and running schools for the Native American and the African American population. At the time of her death, in 1955, over 500 nuns of her congregation, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, were teaching in over 60 schools. Xavier University of New Orleans, Louisiana, the only historically black and Catholic University in the US was also founded by St. Katharine.
Pope Francis used the words of his predecessor “What about you?” to illustrate the way Christians, especially the young, should respond to challenges.
As Austrians, we can be very proud of the impact the Drexel Family, from Vorarlberg, Austria, has made in the United States! And it was a beautiful coincidence that His Holiness’ made this homily on Sept. 26th, - the Austrian-American Day!