Right of Residence for EU Nationals in Austria

The following information on the right of residence for EU nationals in Austria applies to EU nationals as well as nationals of the European Economic Area and Swiss nationals.

The following information on the right of residence for EU nationals in Austria applies to EU nationals as well as nationals of the European Economic Area and Swiss nationals.

The principle of visa-free travel to another EU member state and the right to stay there applies to allEU nationals for a period of up to three months. This right is encompassed in the principle of freedom of movement within the EU.  

For family members (wife/husband, civil partner, children, parents) of EU nationals, visa exemption or visa requirement depends on which nationality they have (link to our page on the visa requirement.) However, family members do have the right to enter the country. This means that in principle, it is not allowed to deny them the option to enter Austria (with a visa, if necessary).  

For life partners (partners in a permanent relationship) of EU nationals who are third-country nationals, visa exemption or visa requirement depends on which nationality they have (link to our page on the visa requirement.)

Residence of EU nationals in Austria for more than three months (EU right of residence)

The following EU nationals are permitted to remain in Austria for longer than three months:

  1. Employees or self-employed individuals and their family members who want to live in Austria. People who are seriously and permanently looking for work in Austria also belong to this category. However, this only applies if the search for a job is not considered to be objectively hopeless.
     
  2. Individuals who do not work but have sufficient financial means (means of subsistence) and comprehensive health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members.
     
  3. Individuals who are residing in Austria for purposes of an education (studies, etc.), have sufficient financial means and health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members.

Registration certificate (“Anmeldebescheinigung”)

The so-called registration certificate (“Anmeldebescheinigung”) provides proof of the right of residence under EU law, i.e., that EU nationals are permitted to live in Austria for longer than three months. The application for the registration certificate must be submitted within four months after entering Austria.

The application for the registration certificate must be submitted in person at the competent office of the Austrian Immigration and Residence Authority, the location of which depends on the individual’s place of residence.

In Vienna, the responsible authority is the Division for EEA Matters (“Referat EWR”) of the Municipal Department 35 (“Magistratsabteilung 35”, in short MA 35). Here, you may find out which residence authority is responsible by entering your postal code (link to our authority finder).

Fees: € 15.  

The following documents must be presented to the competent Immigration and Residence Authority when applying for the registration certificate (“Anmeldebescheinigung”):

  • Valid EU passport or identity card
  • Residence registration (“Meldezettel”) as proof of your place of residence in Austria
  • Proof of why you are residing in Austria (employment contract, trade register excerpt (“Gewerberegisterauszug”), student record sheet (“Studienblatt”) providing proof of enrolment, etc.)
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence (salary slips, bank account statements, etc.)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage (Austrian e-card, European Health Insurance Card, social insurance data sheet (“Versicherungsdatenauszug”), etc.)
  • Relevant documents on your family status (marriage certificate, partnership document, birth certificate of children etc.