Schengen Visa & Residence Permits
IMPORTANT: From 20 November 2015 the Visa Information System VIS will be introduced. Every applicant aged 12 years and over must apply in person in order to have fingerprints taken.
Appointments for quantity limited residence permits ('quotenpflichtige Niederlassungsbewilligungen') for January 2016 will have to be booked via e-mail visa.london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at, starting from 09th of November 2015, 12:00 o'clock, onwards. Appointments will be given daily starting at 09:00 o'clock during the Embassy's normal opening hours. Please note that each applicant, also minors, need to book a separate appointment and has to present its application in person.
Appointments for visa have to be booked free of charge through VFS. To book an appointment, please click here
Should you experience technical difficulties whilst trying to book your appointment, please contact VFS at Feedback_PRS.UK(at)vfshelpline.com for further assistance
Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment please contact the call center team of VFS on 0871 376 2101.
After successful booking of your appointment, the application has to be lodged at the respective Visa Centers:
Cardiff: VFS Austria Visa Application Center, Temple Court, 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA
Edinburgh: VFS Austria Visa Application Center, 1 Rennie's Isle, Edinburgh-Leith EH6 6QT
London: VFS Austria Visa Application Center, 66 Wilson Street, London EC2A 2BT
London: Austrian Embassy, 18 Belgrave Mews West, London SW1X 8HU
Manchester: VFS Austria Visa Application Center, 50 Devonshire Street North, Manchester M12 6JH
Please note that VFS Austria Visa Application Centers charge an additional service fee of Euro 30,00 payable in British Pounds (approx. GBP 22,00), for further information see http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk/index.html
Please be informed that all applications will continue to be assessed by the Austrian Embassy London.
OPENING HOURS of the Austrian Embassy (for appointment holders only!):
Monday to Friday 09:00am to 12:00noon; closed on Austrian Public Holidays/Bank Holidays.
Please be aware that you will only be seen with a valid appointment!
VISA COLLECTION at the Austrian Embassy:
Monday to Friday 09:00am to 11:30am; closed on Austrian Public Holidays/Bank Holidays.
Information on PENDING VISA and RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATIONS:
Monday to Friday 02:00pm to 04:00pm, Tel. 020 7245 6689
or via email: visa.london-ob(at)bmeia.gv.at
Closed on Austrian Public Holidays/Bank Holidays.
Costs of Visa:
Visa Fee currently: Adults £ 43,30 (exact change would be appreciated), Children (aged 6 – 12) £ 25,30 (exact change would be appreciated). Exceptions:
Due to an agreement with the EC the Visa fee for applicants of the following countries: Russian Federation, Ukraine, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Armenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Moldova, is £ 25,30 (exact change would be appreciated). Children under 6 years of age and spouses/civil partners, children and dependents of EU/EEA nationals exercising their right of free movement get the visa issued free of charge.
Further exceptions are being made for:
School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005;
Representatives of non-profit organisations up to 25 years old participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events, organised by non-profit organisations.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); the VFA continues to apply to holders of non-biometric passports.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of Montenegro holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); as non-biometric Montenegrin passports are no longer valid, the VFA is no longer applied in practice.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of Serbia holding biometric passports (excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate [in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava]) are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); the VFA continues to apply to holders of non-biometric passport holders and holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate.
Working Holiday Visa Agreement
The Working Holiday Scheme for New Zealand nationals entered into force on 18 April 2012. This Agreement allows a limited number of young people from New Zealand to stay and work in Austria for up to six months.
See the following links for further information: