Long-Term Resident EU Permit

After a five-year, uninterrupted stay in Austria, third-country nationals can apply for the residence permit “Long-Term Resident EU permit” (“Daueraufenthalt EU”). This residence permit offers unrestricted access to the Austrian labour market. This means you can work both as a salaried employee as well as on a self-employed basis, and you are not bound to an employer.

In addition to staying in Austria for five years, the basic requirement for this residence permit is to fulfil Module 2 of the Integration Agreement (“Integrationsvereinbarung”). This includes German language competence on a B1 level (link German language skills), among others.

For example, you can apply for the Long-Term Resident EU Permit if you have lived in Austria uninterruptedly for five years and currently have one of the following residence permits:

  • Red-White-Red – Card Plus (“Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte Plus”)
  • Settlement Permit (“Niederlassungsbewilligung´”)
  • Residence Permit – Family Member (“Aufenthaltstitel Familienangehöriger”)
  • Settlement Permit – Artist (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – Künstler”)
  • Settlement Permit – Special Cases of Gainful Employment (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – Sonderfälle unselbstständiger Erwerbstätigkeit”)
  • Settlement Permit – Gainful Employment Excepted (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit”)
  • Settlement Permit – Relative (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – Angehöriger”)
  • Red-White-Red – Card (“Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte”)
  • Blue Card (“Blaue Karte”)
  • Settlement Permit – Researcher (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – Forscher”)

Note: Even if you lived in Austria for at least five years with a legitimation card (“Legitimationskarte”) (for example as an employee of an international organisation or as a family member of a diplomat), you can also apply for a Long-Term Resident EU permit.

Attention

Special rules apply for times in which you lived in Austria with a simple residence permit (“Aufenthaltsbewilligung”). Only 50 percent of these the time spent in Austria with such a permit counts for the Long-Term Resident EU permit.

It is not sufficient, for example, if you lived in Austria for ten years with a Residence Permit – Student (“Aufenthaltsbewilligung Student”). You must have had a Red-White-Red – Card, a Blue Card or one of the various Settlement Permits.  

Note

You are not obliged to apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit. For example, if you are not able to show all documents in a timely manner, or if you did not pass the ÖIF Integration Exam at a B1 level (“ÖIF-Integrationsprüfung B1”), you can simply extend the residence permit that you currently have. You can then apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit at a later date.  

Procedures

  • Application form 
  • Passport with copy
  • Passport photo fulfilling EU criteria (not older than six months, with an invoice or different proof)
  • Proof of having sufficient financial means in Austria (pay slipss, bank account statements, employment contracts)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage in Austria over the last five years (e.g., insurance data extract (“Versicherungsdatenauszug”) of the Austrian Health Insurance Fund ÖGK)
  • Proof of accommodations in Austria (residence registration (“Meldezettel”), rental agreement, rental payments, etc.)
  • You also need the following in the case of self-employed work:
    • Your business license (“gewerberechtliche Bewilligung”)
    • Salary as the managing director or withdrawals of income (confirmation by the tax consultant)
    • Income tax assessment (“Einkommenssteuerbescheid”), if available
    • Income statement, if available
    • Cash-oriented accounting (confirmation by the tax consultant)
  • B1 Integration Exam Certificate by ÖIF
    • Children who are older than the age of six can show their school report as a substitute for this certificate if they have a positive mark in German. Children under the age of six do not need a B1 Integration Exam Certificate (“Zertifikat der Integrationsprüfung B1”).
    • Attention: You only need to show a B1 Integration Exam Certificate once, namely when you apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit for the first time. You do not need this certificate for any further extensions.  
  • Fees: € 210 and € 195 for children under the age of six

Are you applying for the Long-Term Resident EU permit on behalf of a child who lives in Austria?

Please note that the following documents must be submitted for children:

  • the last school report and school enrolment certificate (“Schulbesuchsbestätigung”)(in the case of a school-age child) and
  • confirmation of receiving the childcare allowance (“Familenbeihilfe”) (this confirmation can be downloaded from Finanz Online or one can apply for it to the Ministry of Finance (“Bundesministerium für Finanzen”)

Note

  • Children under the age of six are usually not required to accompany you to appointments with public authorities.
  • The period of time in which your passport is still valid is not a relevant factor for the Long-Term Resident EU permit.  
  • Many of the Immigration and Residence Authority branches demand a so-called KSV Excerpt (excerpt from the Austrian Credit Protection Association - “Kreditschutzerband - KSV”) in extending residence permits. This KSC Excerpt is an official document which shows whether you have taken out loans in Austria. If you are married, you must always show your own KSV Excerpt and that of your spouse. You can easily order the KSV Excerpt for public authorities online.
  • Similar to all extensions, it is important that you apply for the permit in the three-month period before your current residence permit expires. You do not have to wait until you have been in Austria for exactly five years in order to submit your application for the Long-Term Resident EU permit but are encouraged to submit it in the three months beforehand.
  • It is recommended to submit your application only when you already have your B1 Integration Exam Certificate or you will get it in the very near future (e.g., after completing the examination).
  • For the Immigration and Residence Authority, you are first considered to be in Austria for five years when precisely five years have passed since the day in which you received your very first residence permit. The Immigration and Residence Authority will not hand you the actual card for the Long-Term Resident EU permit any earlier than this. If you have applied for the Long-Term Resident EU permit and your current residence permit has already expired, but you must urgently travel outside of the country, you can apply for a so-called “emergency visa” (“Notvignette”).  This is valid for three months and is stamped into your passport.   

The following examples of extensions could be relevant for you:  

  1. You immigrate to Austria with your family. You apply for a Blue Card and your family applies for the Red-White-Red – Card Plus. No member of your family needs a certificate showing their German language competence. All the permits are valid for a period of two years. After this two-year period, you and each member of your family apply for a Red-White-Red – Card Plus which is then valid for three years. For this purpose, every family member needs an A2 Integration Exam Certificate (“Zertifikat der Integrationsprüfung A2“) or an equivalent (e.g., a university diploma). After these three years have passed, you and your family will have been in Austria without interruption for five years. Then, all of you apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit. To get this, you and your family must show proof of passing the B1 Integration Exam.    
     
  2. You immigrate to Austria alone. You apply for a Red-White-Red – Card for Skilled Workers in Shortage Occupations which is valid for two years. After these two years are over, you apply for a Red-White-Red – Card Plus which is then valid for another three years. After these three years have passed, you will have been in Austria without interruption for a total of five years. You apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit. Now, you must show a B1 Integration Exam Certificate.
     
  3. You immigrate to Austria with your family. You apply for a Red-White-Red – Card for Other Key Workers which is valid for two years. Your family members each apply for the Red-White-Red – Card Plus. Your family members who are older than the age of fourteen require an A1 German Certificate or proof that they have concluded their studies before immigrating. The first Red-White-Red – Cards Plus of your family are valid for one year. After this year, your family members can once again apply for the Red-White-Red – Cards Plus which are once again valid for one year. After these two years, you and your family apply for Red-White-Red – Cards Plus which are valid for three years. Only your family must show an A2 Integration Exam Certificate or an equivalent (e.g., a university diploma); you do not. After these three years have passed, all of you apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit. For this purpose, you and your family must present a B1 Integration Exam Certificate.
     
  4. You immigrate to Austria with your family. You apply for a Settlement Permit – Researcher (“Niederlassungsbewilligung Forscher”) which is valid for two years. Your family applies for Red-White-Red – Cards Plus. No member of your family needs a certificate showing their German language competence before immigrating. The first Red-White-Red – Cards Plus of your family are valid for one year. After this year, your family once again applies Red-White-Red – Cards Plus, which are once again valid for one year. After these two years you and your family apply for Red-White-Red – Cards Plus which are valid for three years. For this purpose, you need a an A2 Integration Exam Certificate or an equivalent (e.g., a university diploma). After these three years have passed, you and your family will have been in Austria without interruption for five years. Then, all of you apply for the Long-Term Resident EU permit. To get this, you and your family must show a B1 Integration Exam Certificate.

What must you be aware of when you have a Long-Term Resident EU permit?

Exception: However, your Long-Term Resident EU permit does not expire if you stay outside of the EU/EEA area for up to 24 months due to special, extenuating circumstances and if you notified the Immigration and Residence Authority before your departure. For example, these reasons could be a serious illness or compulsory military service or comparable services to alternative civilian service.

As a rule, you can apply for Austrian citizenship after five years with a Long-Term Resident EU permit and ten years of staying in Austria. Here, you can find out more about Austrian citizenship: (http://www.staatsbuergerschaft.gv.at/index.php?id=5).


Family reunification

If you have a Long-Term Resident EU permit, your family members can apply for a Red-White-Red – Card Plus. They require a quota place for this purpose.


Do you have a Long-Term Resident EU permit from another EU member state?

If you want to work in Austria as a self-employed person, a Settlement Permit (“Niederlassungsbewilligung”) link could be a good option for you. However, you need a quota place for this.

If you want to work in Austria as a salaried employee, you must apply for a Red-White-Red – Card or a Blue Card (link). In this case, you must fulfil the same requirements as skilled workers who immigrate to the EU/EEA area for the first time. In any case, you are permitted to submit your application directly in Austria within three months after entering the country as long as your Long-Term Resident EU permit is valid. 


Legal Foundations

Sect 45, 46 Para. 1 (2a), Sect 49 Austrian Settlement and Residence Act (“Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz” - NAG)