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Residence Permit – Student

The "Residence Permit – Student" is intended for nationals of third countries who have been admitted to study at a higher education institution in Austria. It may be granted in the following cases:

  • Degree programme studies (ordentliches Studium) at an Austrian university, university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule), accredited private university or public or private university college of teacher education
  • Non-degree programme studies (außerordentliches Studium) within the framework of a public or private certificate university programme, certificate university of applied sciences programme or certificate programme at a university college of teacher education with at least 40 ECTS credits. The course must not serve exclusively for the learning of a language.
  • Non-degree programme studies (außerordentliches Studium) within the framework of a University Preparation Programme to prepare students for supplementary examinations prescribed in their notification of admission
  • Non-degree programme studies (außerordentliches Studium) to establish equivalence of a foreign university degree (recognition, "Nostrifizierung")
  • In case of extentions: Professional training course required by law after completion of a degree programme (e.g. court practice, clinical traineeship)
  • In case of extentions: Stay for job-seeking or setting up business after successful completion of a degree programme, a certificate higher education programme (see above), a programme to establish equivalence of a foreign university degree (recognition, "Nostrifizierung"), or a professional training course required by law following the regular degree programme studies (see above)

Students who are studying at an Austrian higher education institution within the framework of a Union or multilateral mobility programme or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions can also get a “Residence Permit – Student”.

Conditions for the granting of the permit

In most cases applicants still have to submit their application for a “Residence Permit – Student” at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate with power to issue visa) in their country of residence and await the decision there. In case of a positive decision about your application by the competent residence authority in Austria you can apply for a Visa D at the representative authority to enter Austria. The representative authority will issue the Visa D for a validity period of four months. Subsequently, you can use your Visa D to enter Austria and collect your residence permit.

Students, who are entitled to enter Austria without requiring a visa, may alternatively submit their application at the locally competent residence authority in Austria.

Furthermore, it may be possible to submit a domestic application at the competent residence authority in Austria after entry with a visa that has been lawfully acquired for purposes other than the domestic application provided that the application at the Austrian residence authority directly was not the (hidden) reason for the visa application (case-by-case examination).

Please note that in those cases you are not permitted to overstay your visa-free stay or the period of residence defined in your visa. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible after entry. If the residence authority does not decide within the visa-free time period or the stay with a visa, you will have to await the decision in your country of residence. Please also inform the residence authority about your new contact details.

If all necessary documents have been submitted, the residence authority will process your application within 90 days. Depending on the issuing country, it may take several months to legalise the documents required for an application. You have to submit your application in person.

If all necessary documents have been submitted, the residence authority will process your application within 90 days. We, nevertheless, recommend that you apply as soon as possible after entry. In any case you have to submit your application in person.

You will find all the requirements for granting a "Residence Permit - Student" in the checklist.

Insurance

In principle travel health insurance must be taken out to enter Austria. Please note that this insurance must be valid in Austria and provide sufficient cover for various health issues (insurance cover well over 30,000 Euro including guarantee to cover possible recovery and repatriation costs and costs for treatment of the COVID-19 disease).

Third-country nationals will only get a residence title if they can additionally provide proof of having a "health insurance covering all risks". Travel health insurance is only sufficient for the period until a “health insurance covering all risks” can be taken out after entry.

In case you have a valid national health insurance in a country that has concluded a social insurance agreement* with Austria you may bring along the A4 form (for stays with primary residence ("Hauptwohnsitz") in Austria) of your health insurance provider in your home country. You can then exchange this form for a confirmation of insurance at the Austrian health insurance provider ("Österreichische Gesundheitskasse") that entitles you to medical treatment by doctors and in hospitals in Austria and can be presented to the residence authority.

Degree programme students ("ordentliche Studierende") at all universities and universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") as well as non-degree programme students ("außerordentliche Studierende") at University Preparation Programmes ("Vorstudienlehrgänge") fulfil the requirement for a "health insurance covering all risks" if they take out student insurance ("Studierendenselbstversicherung") with the Österreichische Gesundheitskasse after entering Austria and enrolling at the higher education institution. The monthly insurance premium is EUR 63.44 [as of 2021].
The main requirements are a residence in Austria and a confirmation of admission or of continuing enrolment from the relevant higher education institution. Certain conditions (e.g. duration of studies, income limits, possibly also study breaks and changes of fields of studies), however, have to be taken into account.
Here you can check whether or not you fulfil these requirements and which documents are required.

By December 31st of each year you have to submit a valid confirmation of your continuing university enrolment ("Fortsetzungsbestätigung") to the Gesundheitskasse. This has to provide proof for the entire academic year that you are entitled to continue your studies as a degree programme student ("ordentliche/r Studierende/r") at the Austrian university or as a non-degree programme student ("außerordentliche/r Studierende/r") in a University Preparation Programme ("Vorstudienlehrgang").

Alternatively, you can also take out private health insurance covering all risks (e.g. via www.feelsafe.at). The benefits of this insurance must “essentially” correspond to those of the national health insurance and not “considerably” differ from it. It is essential that the insurance does not have any waiting periods, cost caps or exclude certain risks. Moreover, the insurance must pay for medical treatment in Austria directly. To be recognised by the residence authorities as a “health insurance covering all risks” the relevant insurance company must provide an explicit written statement – in addition to the insurance policy – confirming that the insurance fulfils these requirements.

Further information about the topic "health insurance" can be found here.

* Social insurance agreements are currently in place with Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Validity period

Students who are studying at an Austrian higher education institution within the framework of a Union or multilateral mobility programme or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions will receive a "Residence Permit – Student" with a validity period of two years.

Working

An occupation that is subject to the Act Governing Employment of Foreign Nationals may only be carried out with a work permit.

The employer has to apply for this work permit at the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice/AMS) before the employee takes up the job.

Holders of a "Residence Permit – Student" will be able to get a work permit for working for up to 20 hours/week. This permit will be granted without labour market check.

Further information about the topic "work in Austria" can be found here.

Renewal and change to another residence title

You have to apply for a renewal of your residence permit at the competent residence authority in Austria (in Vienna: at the competent branch office of MA35) before your residence permit expires; however, at the earliest three months before expiry of the permit. Until a decision about your application for a renewal is taken you are considered to be lawfully resident in Austria, even if your current residence permit expires in the meantime.

The prolonged residence title will be issued only after expiration of the previous residence title.

If you want to apply for a renewal of your residence permit, you have to submit the confirmation of your continuing university enrolment ("Fortsetzungsbestätigung"), your record or studies ("Studienbuchblatt") as well as proof of academic success in the scope of eight semester hours per academic year or 16 ECTS credits per academic year (please see also checklist).

Alternatively, you may submit a confirmation of your academic progress from your academic supervisor (e.g. for doctoral/PhD studies).

COVID-19: If you do not have enough semester hours or ECTS credits for the academic year 2019/2020 (from 1st October 2019 until 30th September 2020), because of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the "residence permit - student" may still be prolonged. Therefore, a written statement and documents (e.g. email about cancellation of exam or lecture), which demonstrate the reasons, should be added to the application for renewal.

It is also possible to change to another residence title if you meet the requirements for it.

Students who have finished their studies holding a "Residence Permit – Student" may apply for a renewal of the permit for another 12 months to look for a job or set up a business.
If your "Residence Permit – Student" has been renewed for this purpose, you may only change it to a "Red-White-Red Card" (e.g. for university graduates), a "Settlement Permit – Researcher", a "Blue Card EU" or a residence title "Family member" the next time.

Further information about renewal of residence titles can be found here.

Family members

Family members* of students holding a "Residence Permit – Student" can apply for a "Residence Permit – Family Community".

You can find all the requirements in the checklist.

As a rule family members have to apply at the competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate with power to issue visa) in their country of residence.
If the family members are permitted to enter Austria without a visa, they may also apply at the locally competent residence authority in Austria.

Family members require a work permit to be employed in Austria. The Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice/AMS) may grant this permit after carrying out a labour market check.

* 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

The "Residence Permit – Student" will be issued in credit card format with a photograph and also serves as an ID document. You should carry your "Residence Permit – Student" at all times to prove your entitlement to residence in Austria.

During its validity period your "Residence Permit – Student" entitles you to travel through or stay in other Schengen countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) for a maximum duration of 90 days within 180 days.

You have to register within three working days of arrival in Austria with the  registration office at your place of residence. A registration with the registration office is not needed if you reside in a tourist accommodation (e.g., hotel, guest house, campsite, private room, AirBnB) for a maximum of 2 months.

In order to collect the residence permit from the competent residence authority you need to show the residence registration ("Meldezettel") and the final admission at the Austrian university.
It may be needed to show further documents on request of the residence authority.

Please inform the competent residence authority in case of loss or theft of the residence permit as soon as possible together with a notice of loss (lost property office) or the theft report (police).

Checklists

Checklist for a "Residence Permit Student – Student"

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

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photograph according to the ICAO criteria (colour photograph, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs [as of 2021]:
    • Students under 24 years of age: EUR 552.53/month
    • Students as of the age of 24: EUR 1,000.48/month
    • Couples:  EUR 1,578.36/month for both
    • For each child additionally EUR 154.37/month
    You have to prove these funds for two years in advance. The funds have to be in a (foreign) savings book or (foreign) bank account that must bear the applicant’s name and be accessible from Austria.
    An alternative possibility would be a declaration of guarantee ("Haftungserklärung"), the purchase of traveller’s cheques or a confirmation of the award of a scholarship.
    If the costs for accommodation exceed EUR 304.45/month [as of 2021], you have to prove additional funds. You also have to prove sufficient funds for the necessary health insurance.
  • Upon request of the residence authority you should be able to prove the origin of the funds (possibly also by means of appropriate evidence).
    Examples of accepted proofs:
    • Bank statement of the last 6 months (including payments into the account, payment orders, etc.)
    • bank statement of the account of your parents or other sponsors of the last 6 months
    • declaration of the parents or the sponsor that the provided funds are on free disposal of the applicant
    • proof of employment of the parents or other sponsors or of the student him or herself from employed and/or self-employed work (employment contract plus the last 6 pay slips and proof of payment of the salary or trade licence plus last tax assessment)
  • Declaration of regular expenses (loans, maintenance payments or other financial burdens)
  • Accommodation in Austria for a minimum of 3 months (e.g. rental agreement, accommodation contract with a student hall of residence, accommodation agreement ["Wohnrechtsvereinbarung"]) in connexion with the proof of the required funds to cover the living costs (the calculation is based on the presented costs for accomodation)
  • Proof of a travel health insurance (covering costs of at least EUR 30,000.00, costs for treatment of the COVID-19 disease and guarantee to cover possible recovery and repatriation costs) valid in the Schengen area for the period between entering Austria and e.g. the start of coverage within the student insurance
  • Proof of health insurance covering all risks (e.g. by means of registration for student insurance with the national health provider) in Austria

In case of first-time application additionally:

  • Birth certificate or equivalent document (legalised and afterwards translated)
  • Police clearance certificate from your country of residence (in individual cases also from your country of origin) not older than 3 months at the time of application (legalised and afterwards translated)
  • Notification/confirmation of admission of the Austrian higher education institution
  • confirmation of admission/of participation in an Union or multilateral mobility programme or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions

In case of renewal application additionally:

  • proof of academic success; doctoral/PhD students: confirmation of your academic progress from your academic supervisor
  • confirmation of your continuing university enrolment
  • record of studies
  • Notification/confirmation of admission of the Austrian higher education institution for another degree programme after completion of a degree programme in Austria
  • current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency (e.g., KSV 1870 Information GmbH)
  • after graduation: proof of completion of a degree programme or a statutory professional training

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

Costs: 160 Euro (120 Euro when submitting the application, 20 Euro when the permit is granted and 20 Euro fee for the collection of police identification data)

The residence permit will be issued in credit card format with photograph and also serves as an ID document. It is recommended to carry it at all times.

Checklist for a "Residence Permit – Family Community"

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

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photograph according to the ICAO criteria (colour photograph, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs [as of 2021]:
    • Couples: EUR 1,578.36/month for both
    • For each child additionally EUR 154.37/month
    You have to prove these funds for twelve months in advance. The funds have to be in a (foreign) savings book or (foreign) bank account that must be accessible from Austria.
    An alternative possibility would be a declaration of guarantee ("Haftungserklärung"), the purchase of traveller’s cheques or a confirmation of the award of a scholarship.
    If the costs for accommodation exceed EUR 304.45/month [as of 2021], you have to prove additional funds. You also have to prove sufficient funds for the necessary health insurance.
  • Upon request of the residence authority you should be able to prove the origin of the funds (possibly also by means of appropriate evidence).
  • Declaration of regular expenses (loans, maintenance payments or other financial burdens)
  • Proof of accommodation in Austria (e.g. rental agreement, accommodation contract with a student hall of residence, accommodation agreement ["Wohnrechtsvereinbarung"]) in connexion with proof of the required funds to cover the living costs (the calculation is based on the presented costs for accomodation)
  • Proof of a travel health insurance (covering costs of at least EUR 30,000.00, costs for treatment of the COVID-19 disease and guarantee to cover possible recovery and repatriation costs) valid in the Schengen area for the period between entering Austria and e.g. dependent coverage within the student insurance with covering costs of at least 30,000 Euro
  • Proof of health insurance covering all risks (e.g. by means of dependent coverage within the student’s student insurance) in Austria

In case of first-time application additionally:

  • Birth certificate or equivalent document (legalised and afterwards translated)
  • Proof of family relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate) and of living together as a family in the home country
  • Police clearance certificate from your country of residence (in individual cases also from your country of origin) not older than 3 months at the time of application (legalised and afterwards translated)

In case of renewal application additionally:

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, police clearance certificate) in legalised form according to the applicable regulations.

Costs: 160 Euro (120 Euro when submitting the application, 20 Euro when the permit is granted and 20 Euro fee for the collection of police identification data)

The residence permit will be issued in credit card format with photograph and also serves as an ID document. It is recommended to carry it at all times.