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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 (Gebietskrankenkasse). If their salary exceeds a certain minimum amount (Geringfügigkeitsgrenze) [EUR 438.05/month, as of 2018], 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-/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 a 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 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 (Gebietskrankenkasse).

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 citizens who themselves are not nationals of an EU/EEA country 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 permanent residence card ("Daueraufenthaltskarte"). Other family members (e.g. common-law spouses) may under certain circumstances be granted a settlement permit for relatives ("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 the following documents (originals plus photocopies) with the personally signed application form:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Valid ID card or passport
  • Proof ofhealth insurance covering all risks (e.g. European Health Insurance Card, insurance policy, student insurance (Studierendenselbstversicherung))
  • Proof of sufficient financial means, e.g. savings book or bank account, traveller’s cheques (depending on the individual case)
  • Students: confirmation of admission from the university
  • Researchers: 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 rulehave 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 the following documents (originals plus photocopies) with your personally signed application form:

  • Marriage certificate, civil union certificate, birth certificate (depending on the type of relationship)
  • Proof of adequate health insurance (e.g. European Health Insurance Card, dependent coverage in the Austrian national health insurance)

It is recommended to submit all foreign documents in legalised German translation as well as foreign documents and proofs (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate) in legalised form according to the applicable regulations.

Documents issued by EU/EEA/Swiss authorities only need to be translated. The authority may demand further documents depending on the individual case. Documents issued by non-Austrian authorities as a rule have to belegalised 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

Telephone requests

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General information

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If you have any further questions regarding entry and residence beyond the information in the database, we will be happy to answer them personally if possible.

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We can only answer enquiries about entry and residence conditions related to studying, teaching or undertaking research in Austria. We cannot enquire or intervene on your behalf at the Austrian authorities.

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