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Immigration destinations: Austria

City in Austria

Austria is located in the center of Europe. Thanks to the location, Austria has long been a center for skiing and recreation in Europe.

The ways for immigration

  • Studying is one of the easiest ways. For immigration based on the study in Austria, you need to receive an invitation from the university. The student visa is issued for 12 months with the right of extension. After training, the student can get a job and continue the immigration way.
  • Employment. Legalization on a work basis is possible. You must have an employment contract with a local employer for at least six months.

This method is suitable for key specialists, representatives of rare and demanded professions, skilled workers, and graduates of Austrian universities, scientists, and researchers.

The applicant will have to undergo special testing and score at least 50-75 points (depending on the category of the employee). As a result, of the test, the employee receives an RWR Card (Rot-Weiss-Rot Card). Those who are just going to look for work can apply for RWR + (a type of card), which allows them to stay in the country for six months in order to find work.

  • Business immigration. To do this, it is necessary to show the presence of the authorized capital for opening a company for 35 thousand euros. The residence permit is given for 2 years with the right to renew. After 5 years, a businessperson can receive permanent residence, and after another 5 years, he/she can get citizenship. The family of the main migrant can stay in Austria too.
  • Reunification with relatives. Moving to Austria for permanent residence is possible for relatives of residents and citizens of the state. To do this, the host must prove that they can afford to host a migrant. The migrant must provide proof of relationship with the Austrian, and confirm the level of knowledge of German at the A1 level.
  • Getting married. A foreign citizen can also conclude an alliance with an Austrian with a tourist visa. However, it will be possible to apply for a residence permit only when the joint residence in marriage is at least a year, if the spouse has been living in the country for more than three years.
  • Immigration for wealthy individuals. This includes those who live on income from deposits, as well as retirees and persons with a certain capital on the account. The exact amount has not been established. It is calculated based on the number of family members and is at least 86 thousand euros for the main applicant.
  • Immigration for investors. The main requirement is to invest at least 2 million euros in the Austrian economy. There are no language test requirements. The migrant’s family can also move with the investor.
  • Refugees. Only those candidates who can prove that returning to their native state threatens their lives will be able to receive the status.


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Emigration stages

Persons who will receive an immigrant visa of category D. can start the process of emigration. 


This is the only visa permit that gives the right to further legalization. There are two types of residence in Austria:

Temporary (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) – issued to journalists, students, researchers, professors, businessmen on business trips, Au-Pair program participants.

Permanent (Niederlassungsbewilligung) – provided for labor migrants, as well as those who migrate because of family reunification and marriage.


To obtain a residence permit in 2020, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Show that there is € 933 per month for the main applicant or € 1,399 for a couple and € 144 for each child on the account.
  • Confirm that you have rented or owned housing in the country.
  • Not have violations of the law, including labor and migration.
  • Proof of proficiency in German at A1 level (for some categories of migrants this requirement has been abolished, for example for businessmen).


Registration of permanent residence

You can start the procedure for requesting permanent status only if you have lived in the country based on a residence permit for 5 years and stayed in Austrian territory for at least 183 days a year. Requirements for candidates are the same as for temporary residents. The only difference is that you have to show your knowledge of the German language at the B1 level. Only persons under 14 years of age and those who cannot pass it due to speech and hearing impairments are exempted from the exam.



To become a full member of society, you need to live in the country for another 5 years based on permanent residence. For some categories of migrants, the total period of residence in Austria from the moment of entry may vary:

  • For investors – 1.5 years;
  • EU citizens – 4 years;
  • Refugees, spouses of Austrian citizens, skilled workers – 6 years;
  • Other persons – 10 years.


A candidate for an Austrian passport must have an impeccable reputation, be financially secure, have a place of residence, speak German, and renounce previous citizenship.


What documents for citizenship 

The first thing you need to move to Austria is to prepare a package of documents. At the stage of obtaining a residence permit, you will need:

  1. Application
  2. Foreign passport and its copy
  3. Birth certificate
  4. Photography
  5. Proof of housing availability (lease agreement or certificate of ownership)
  6. Insurance
  7. Proof of funds in a bank account
  8. Certificates of marriage, the birth of children, change of personal data, divorce, etc
  9. Certificate of no criminal record
  10. Confirmation of the grounds for obtaining a residence permit: an employment contract, an invitation from a university, etc., depending on the grounds


When applying for permanent residence, you will have to attach a valid residence permit to the package of papers.


The package of documents for citizenship must be supplemented by a resident card (permanent residence), an extract from the tax authority on the payment of taxes, a certificate of salary, or other income, a documented renunciation of past citizenship. All papers at all stages must be translated into German and notarized.


Cost and terms of consideration of applications

  • Residence permit and permanent residence – 80 euros registration + service fee 100 euros (for adults), 50 euros registration + 20 euros service fee (for children).
  • Citizenship – for adults – 600-900 euros, for a married couple – 900-1200, for children – 80 euros.

The processing time is also due to the stage:

  • You can get a visa in 4-6 weeks.
  • It may take up to six months to review a request for a residence permit and permanent residence.
  • An application for citizenship is considered for at least a year.



This is due to the high standard of living, good social insurance, and decent salaries in this country. If you dream of living in the center of Europe and every day to feel like in a fairy tale, then this is definitely your country! The specialists of our company have vast experience in this immigration field. We will help you to prepare the necessary documents for your immigration process.


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