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Confirmation of Registration

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are entitled to stay in Austria for more than three months under certain conditions. One possibility is that they are employed or self-employed in Austria.

Requirements for residence in Austria

If you are going to stay in Austria for more than three months, you have to inform the competent residence authority in Austria in person within four months. You will then receive a confirmation of registration ("Anmeldebescheinigung").

Attention: Non-compliance with this regulation can lead to a fine of up to 250 Euro!
This registration is required in addition to the registration with the registration office.

Insurance

In case of employment the employer has to register the researcher for national insurance with the relevant regional health insurance provider (Österreichische Gesundheitskasse). If their salary exceeds a certain minimum amount ("Geringfügigkeitsgrenze") [EUR 460.66/month, as of 2020], the employee will also be covered by health insurance (statutory insurance).

In case of self-employed work ("contract for work and labour") the researcher has to register for social insurance him or herself if their income exceeds the amount below which insurance is not compulsory.

Visiting researchers from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland who have valid national health insurance in their home country can obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their health insurance provider in their country of origin upon application. With this card they will have access to all medically necessary public health services in Austria (at the same conditions and the same costs). However, visits to doctors that are not due to acute complaints (e.g. medical check-ups) are not covered. We therefore recommend that you additionally take out a travel health insurance (also if you wish to have repatriation costs covered). If, for example, medical check-ups are also to be covered, you will have to fill in the S1 form and you will also have to register your main residence in Austria. For further information please contact the relevant health insurance provider (Österreichische Gesundheitskasse).

If these insurance options are not applicable, it is also possible to take out private health insurance for your stay in Austria. The insurance must provide comprehensive health insurance cover and be liable to pay for medical treatment in Austria. At www.feelsafe.at or www.care-concept.at, for example, you can find insurance products that you may use in this case.

Working

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals (except Croatian nationals, see below) are allowed to work in Austria in any kind of job. They do not need any official permit such as a work permit.

Croatian nationals generally require a work permit to take up gainful employment until 2020 due to transitional regulations. However, a work permit is not required if they carry out an activity in academic research and teaching or within the framework of exchange or research programmes of the European Union (activities that are not subject to the Act Governing Employment of Foreign Nationals).

Family members

Family members* of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who themselves are not nationals of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland may apply for a residence permit called "Aufenthaltskarte", which is valid for five years. This permit grants them free access to the Austrian labour market.

After five years of continuous and lawful residence in Austria they may apply for a long-term residence certificate ("Daueraufenthaltskarte"). Other family members (e.g. common-law spouses) may under certain circumstances be granted a settlement permit - dependant ("Niederlassungsbewilligung – Angehöriger").

* Spouses, partners in a civil union and unmarried minors. Spouses and partners in a civil union must be at least 21 years old at the time of application.

Please note

You have to register within three working days of arrival in Austria with theregistration office at your place of residence.

Checklists

Checklist Confirmation of Registration ("Anmeldebescheinigung")

You have to enclose photocopies of the following documents with the personally signed application form and additionally show the originals:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Valid ID card or passport
  • Proof of health insurance covering all risks (e.g. European Health Insurance Card, insurance policy)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means, e.g. savings book or bank account, traveller’s cheques (depending on the individual case)
  • Employment contract with the host research institution

The authority may demand further documents depending on the individual case.

Documents issued by non-Austrian authorities as a rule have to be legalised and translated into German by sworn and court-certified interpreters. Documents issued by EU/EEA/Swiss authorities only need to be translated.

Costs: approx. EUR 15.-

Checklist Residence Card ("Aufenthaltskarte")

You have to enclose photocopies of the following documents with your personally signed application form and additionally show the originals:

  • Marriage certificate, civil union certificate, birth certificate (depending on the type of relationship)
  • Proof of a health insurance covering all risks (e.g. European Health Insurance Card, dependent coverage in the Austrian national health insurance)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means, e.g. savings book or bank account, traveller’s cheques (depending on the individual case)

The authority may demand further documents depending on the individual case.

Documents issued by non-Austrian authorities as a rule have to be legalised and translated into German by sworn and court-certified interpreters. Documents issued by EU/EEA/Swiss authorities only need to be translated.

Costs: approx. 56 Euro