Living and Working in Austria, General information and FAQ in English.
Information for Foreign Citizens - Living in Austria (official website of the authorities in Austria).
All applicants must appear in person at the Austrian Consulate General and require appointments booked through our online registry.
Please use the online reservation system of the Austrian Consulate General New York.
If you intend to stay in Austria for a period exceeding 6 months you must apply for a residence permit and not for an entry permit (visa). Residence permits are issued by the authorities in Austria and are solely issued for stays exceeding six months.
Please note that you must file your application for a residence permit at the Austrian Consulate General before you actually leave for Austria. In general, you are not allowed to go to Austria as long as your application has not been approved.
Yet, spouses and minor children of EU & EFTA citizens residing permanently in Austria file their application after their arrival in Austria. The same is true for all foreign nationals who may enter Austria under the visa waiver-program (e.g. U.S. citizens, Canadians, Mexicans, Brazilians).
The residence permit, once issued, is to be picked up at the issuing authority in Austria. Part of the fee is payable at the time of the application and part of the fee at the time of the pick up in Austria. In addition, (almost) all non-EU or non-EFTA citizens who both apply for a residence permit and plan to stay in Austria for more than 24 months must sign an Integration Agreement.
Leaflet: Living & Working in Austria
There are different types of residence permits in Austria:
I) Temporary stay in Austria for a certain purpose = Temporary Residence Permit), i.a.
- Betriebsentsandter = employee sent TDY (temporary duty)
- Rotationsarbeitskraft = rotational employee (company representative/manager/executive)
- Selbstständiger = self-employment
- Forscher = researcher (individual doing research work at an Austrian academic, research or educational institution)
- Künstler = artist (self-employed or employed)
- Sonderfälle unselbstständiger Erwerbstätigkeit = e.g. journalist, guest lecturer, au-pair, ...
- Student = student attending college/university in Austria (please also visit: Study in Austria)
- Schüler = student attending school (grade 1-12) in Austria
II) Niederlassungsbewilligung (for foreigners who plan to live in Austria for a longer time period = Permanent Residence Permit), i.a.
- any purpose, private reasons (e.g. move to Austria in retirement)
- employment or self-employment under certain circumstances
- family members of aliens living in Austria, family re-unification
III) Aufenthaltstitel - Familienangehöriger (issued to spouses and minor children of EU or EFTA citizens having permanently resided in Austria)
IV) Aufenthaltstitel - Daueraufenthalt - EG (issued to foreign nationals who have had the right to stay in Austria for at least the last five years; Integration Agreement has already been fulfilled)
V) Aufenthaltstitel - Daueraufenthalt - Familienangehöriger (issued to individuals who have held an Aufenthaltstitel "Familienangehöriger" for at least the last five years; Integration Agreement has already been fulfilled)
VI) Anmeldebescheinigung (EU & EFTA citizens [except Swiss] who both work and therefore take up residence in Austria; also issued to accompanying EU & EFTA spouses and minor children)
VII) Daueraufenthaltskarte (for non-EU & non-EFTA spouses and minor children of EU & EFTA citizens [except Swiss])
- All foreign-language papers and documents listed below from number 6. through 11. and a)-e) (no exeptions) must be translated into German by any professional translating service (e.g. German by demand 718-544-6150, iProbe 212-489-6035, EuroNet 212-271-0401).
- If the applicant is a minor, the application must be signed by both parents or legal guardians. These signatures must be notarized by a notary public.
- 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.
- Applications must be submitted in person (no exeptions).
- Public hours: Monday through Friday, 9.00 am until 12.00 p.m.; Appointments are necessary through our online online reservation system! Austrian Legal Holidays
- Please note that there is no legal claim on obtaining the residency permit applied for.
- Please allow at least one month processing time for the application to be received by the relevant authority in Austria.
The following documents (if applicable) must be submitted:
- valid and signed passport
(passport must be valid for at least three months beyond date of return and must have a blank page to affix the residence permit)
- copies of previous passports
- Part of the consular fee has to be paid at the time of your application and part of the fee has to be paid at the time of the pick up in Austria
- application form (see above I)) - completed and signed (available only in German; application forms pertaining to categories II) to VII) are listed on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.)
- one recent picture (passport format, color, front view)
- original or notarized copy of Birth Certificate with apostille
- original of Criminal History Record ("rap sheet") with apostille
(available at FBI)
- proof of health/travel/accident insurance
(original letter from insurance company confirming coverage in Austria)
- proof of sufficient financial means
(e.g. scholarship, letter of grants, bank statement of last two months [parent's account accepted for students only], other proof of income)
- proof of lodging in Austria (e.g. lease contract, ownership papers)
- Statement of Financial Liability (Haftungserklärung;available only in German) if stay in Austria is sponsored by someone residing in Austria (does not apply to au-pair applicants)
- one set of fotocopies of all supporting documents
Please note: All foreign documents can only be accepted with an Apostille or diplomatic legalisation.
In addition to the above mentioned documents the following items must be submitted:
a) employee: work permit (issued by the Austrian Employment Service AMS), statement of salary or income, letter by employer
b) self-employed: last income tax statement, contract letter, business plan, letter of agreement, etc.
c) family reasons/reunion: marriage certificate, divorce certificate, death certificate, certificate giving evidence of relationship to another individual
d) students: original letter of admission to Austrian school or university/college
e) au-pair: au-pair contract (signed by both au pair and host family), letter of certification (issued by the Austrian Emplyment Service AMS)
Please note: Proof of basic language proficiency in German
Third country nationals must submit proof of basic language proficiency in German when first applying for the following residence permit:
- Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus
- Niederlassungsbewilligung – ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit
- Niederlassungsbewilligung – Angehöriger
Proof may be presented in the form of a publicly recognized language diploma or a language course certificate issued by a certified language school, confirming in writing that the individual concerned has reached at least a basic level of proficiency in the German language (level A1). The following language schools are recognized:
- Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch
- Telc GmbH or
- Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (ÖIF)
The diploma or the certificate may not be older than one year at the time of the application. Austrian representations abroad will be able to tell you which language schools in your country of origin are certified.
The following individuals are exempt from the obligation to provide proof:
- Individuals who are under-age at the time of their application
- Individuals for whom the procedure would present an undue burden due to physical or psychological health problems (these must be confirmed by a public health officer)
- Relatives of or holders of the following residence permits: the Austrian Red-White-Red Card, the EU Blue Card, or Daueraufenthalt-EG (the latter is accepted only if the person in question was initially in possession of the blue EU card).
Please note: Since the data on our website are constantly updated, please refrain from confirming the listed requirements by telephone.
Further doumentation may be required on a case-to-case basis