Here you will find information about residence titles, which are required for stays longer than 180 days.
Living and Working in Austria, General information and FAQ.
If you are a family member (spouse, registered partner or child under 18yrs) of
- an EU-citizen other than Austrian or
- a Swiss citizen or
- a citizen of the European Economic Area or
- live with an Austrian family member in an EU-country other than Austria,
then EU-law applies. Please find further information here.
Please observe that a Permanent Residence Permit („Daueraufenthalt –EU“; „Daueraufenthalt EG“ or „Daueraufenthalt Familienangehöriger“) will automatically become void if
- you lived outside the European Economic Area for more than 12 months
- you lived in another member state of the European Economic Area for more than 6 years
Holders of this kind of voided residence titles are entitled to apply for “red-white-red-card plus”.
For all other applicants the following regulations apply:
General rules for residence title applications:
- Residence titles have to be applied for in person in the country of residence. If you reside (US-passport, Green Card or visa other than B1/B2) in Bermudas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont or Wisconsin, you have to apply at the Austrian Consulate General New York. Please use the online reservation system to make your appointment.
- Students and language assistants are entitled to apply at Austrian Honorary Consulates. Applications can also be submitted during Consular Days in Chicago in April and October; further information regarding the Counsular Days is published on time on this website, but also on Facebook.
- Residence title applications are forwarded from the Consulate to the respective local authority in Austria, where processing takes place. The applicant will be notified if additional documentation is required or when the residence title is denied or granted. If granted, the applicant has to pick up the residence title within 4 months at the respective local authority in Austria. This can be done during a visa free stay or a national visa D has to be applied for.
- Passport holders who are entitled to and do stay in the Schengen area visa free (up to 90 days) may submit their application directly at the respective local authority in Austria. Please observe that there are exemptions from this general rule (e.g. spouses and minor children of Austrians or certain groups of applicants as stated below at the respective category.
- Should processing not be finished within the visa free stay, the applicant has to leave the Schengen area and apply for a national visa D in the country of his residence or wait for 90 days outside the Schengen area.
- Please observe that processing generally has to be awaited in the country of residence. Passport holders enjoying visa waiver program may stay, study, participate in courses in the Schengen area during processing time, but employment is not permitted until residence title is handed out and allows employment.
- The Austrian Consulate General will accept only complete applications. Please observe that incomplete applications (e.g. missing document(s) or missing apostille on US-documents) cannot be accepted.
- Public hours: Monday through Friday, 9.00 am until 12.00 p.m.; except Austrian Legal Holidays. Please note that there is no legal claim on obtaining the residency permit applied for. Please allow processing time of 3-6 months if you intend to reside in Vienna and 2-3 months outside of Vienna.
List of basic documents that have to be submitted (in original and one set of copies, while originals will be returned immediately) with any residence title application:
- Application form
- Passport size picture
- Copy of passport/greencard/visa
- Birth certificate (with Apostille)
- If applicable: marriage or partnership certificate (with Apostille), document only required for family members
- Proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. working contract, bank statement, pension, other income, grants or guarantee letter from person residing in Austria)
- Proof of housing in Austria (e.g. proof of property, lease, private stay: please use this form)
- Proof of health insurance. If applicant can be insured with Austrian social insurance after arrival (e.g. students, family members, employment), travel health insurance for first 4 weeks after arrival is sufficient.
- FBI background check, approved channelers accepted.(no Apostille required)
- Application fee: adults: EUR 80,--/younger than 18 years: EUR 50,-- (payable in USD in cash or money order or cashier´s check according to the monthly exchange rate).
- Proof of German language skills level A1 is only required for the following types of residence titles and has to be submitted with the application:
* "residence title exempt employment (privateer) / Ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit"
* “ residence title family member” and
* “residence title dependent / Angehöriger”
* certain types of “Red-White-Red-Card” and “Red-White-Red-Card plus”.
Only Language exams by Österreichisches Sprachdiplom, Goethe-Institute, Telc or Österreichischer Integrationsfonds are accepted. This requirement is waived if
- applicant holds a (foreign) university degree and proof is provided or
- if applicant is younger than 14 years.
The diploma or the certificate must not be older than one year at the time of the application.
Here are the most important types of residence titles for Austria:
Residence title for students/Studenten (university)
Applications can also be submitted at Austrian Honorary Consulates. Passport holders entitled to visa free in the Schengen area have the possibility to apply for national visa D with a validity of 180 days at the Austrian Consulate General New York, IF they simultaneously submit their application for residence title student. The visa D (processing time 10 days) allows immediate admission of studies for up to180 days, so processing time of residence title can be awaited in Austria. Letter of admission to Austrian university/college has to be submitted. The residence title student entitles to part time employment (Bachelor´s degree) or full time employment (Masters degree) with any employer.
Special case: students of MAIS or ETIA at Vienna Diplomatic Academy. This group is entitled to apply for “residence title student” directly in Austria. National Visa D (which does not allow employment) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued after personal application at the Consulate General New York.
Residence title for students/Schüler (school)
If the applicant is a minor, the application must be signed and notarized by a notary public by both parents or legal guardians, if they do not appear in person at the Consulate. Letter of admission to Austrian university/college has to be submitted.
Residence title for family member/Familienangehöriger (spouses 21yrs or older, children under 18 yrs)
This group of applicants is also entitled to submit their visa application during their stay in Austria with valid visa or visa free. Allows immediate employment. If the applicant is a minor, the application must be signed and notarized by a notary public by both parents or legal guardians, if they do not appear in person at the Consulate. Requirement of German language skills level A1.
Residence title for dependents of Austrians/Angehöriger
Requirement of German language skills level A1 and due to quote, employment not allowed. Guarantee letter required.
Relatives (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grand-children, great-grandchildren) of Austrians or their spouses or registered partners, if periodical financial support is paid.
Domestic partner (proof of cohabitation in the country of residence and periodical financial support is paid).
Other relatives who already received periodical financial support and lived in the same household in the country of their residence or requiring home care for medical reasons by the person living in Austria.
Living and working in Austria: Red-White-Red-Card
Please find detailed information here: www.migration.gv.at
Employee sent TDY (temporary duty)/ Betriebsentsandter
Rotational employee (company representative/manager/executive) Rotationsarbeitskraft.
Residence title as scientific researcher/Forscher (and family members)
Please find more information here: www.bmi.gv.at/forscher
Researchers and their family members are entitled to submit their residence title applications in Austria. National Visa D “Employment/Erwerb” (which allows immediate employment) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued after personal application at the Consulate General New York.
Residence title for (self-/employed) artists (and family members)
Application can be submitted directly in Austria by employer at local authority.
Proof of qualification required.
Residence title for self employed/Selbständige
Contract with business partner in Austria has to be submitted.
Residence title special cases with employment/Sonderfälle unselbständig Erwerbstätige; and family members
- e.g. media professionals: accreditation/proof of employment required
- pastor, religious worker: certificate of qualification required
- US-foreign language assistants (Fulbright). Applications can be submitted at Austrian Honorary Consulates.
- Scholars of OeAD, AIESEC, AMSA, ELSA, IAESTE, JOSZEF, or exchange program between Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and Hongkong Baptist University. This group of applicants is entitled to submit their residence title applications in Austria. National Visa D “Employment/Erwerb” (which allows immediate employment) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued at the Consulate after personal application. This group is also entitled to apply for “residence title student” directly in Austria. National Visa D (which does not allow employment) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued after personal application at the Consulate General New York.
- Participants of training- or research programs of the European Union or exchange programs of the European Union (Sokrates, Leonardo, European Voluntary Service, Erasmus, Comenius, etc.). This group of applicants is entitled to submit their residence title applications in Austria. National Visa D “Employment/Erwerb” (which allows immediate employment) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued after personal application at the Consulate General New York.
- Scientific staff at university or research centers
- Diploma-students at Vienna Diplomatic Academy. This group of applicants is entitled to submit their residence title application in Austria. National Visa D “Employment/Erwerb” (which allows immediate employment at DAK only) with a validity of up to 6 months can be issued after personal application at the Consulate General New York.
- Au-Pair (18-27 years old, for max. 12 months within 5 years); additional documents: Au-Pair notification and Au-Pair contract
Residence title exempt employment (privateer)/Niederlassungsbewilligung – ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit.
Requirement of German language skills level A1 and due to quote. Employment not allowed. Minimum monthly income: Single USD 2.000,--/couple USD 3.000,-- or equivalent assets.