Residence and employment of international researchers

Workflow at the Universität of Innsbruck

Reasercher from the EU or EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) as well as Switherland have freedom of establishment, i.e. no dedicated work permit is required.

Researchers from third countries (all others) must apply for a visa or a residence permit to enter Austria. For the employment in Austria to six months a Visa D can be requested. For longer stays (above 6 months), the residence permit must be applied for the residence permit researcher.

The hosting agreement to apply for the residence permits researcher is undersigned by the Vice Rector for Research. Beforehand, the following information shall be transmitted to the projekt.service.büro before the person in question starts his or her work:

  • name, first name
  • academic title
  • date and place of birth
  • citizenship
  • (planned) residential address in Austria
  • validity of the hosting agreement (max. 24 months)
  • funding (externally funded project, a global budget)
  • no. of working hours and employment duration
  • research topic, project title
  • name of institute
  • name of the head of institute/project leader

Additional information

EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are a national of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland you do not need a visa and enjoy the freedom of domicile ("Niederlassungsfreiheit"). If you have sufficient financial means to finance your stay in Austria and valid health insurance covering all the necessary costs you only need a valid travel document (passport or identity card) in order to enter and become resident in Austria.

Third countries

Stay up to 6 months

Visa C

This is the conventional tourist visa. It can be issued for durations of stay up to 90 days (in total) within a period of 180 days and entitles the visa holder to enter into and stay in the territory of the Schengen states.

Visa D

D visas entitle to a stay of between 91 days and six months. They are issued primarily for the purpose of courses which do not fall within the scope of residence permits and for filling a gap until a residence permit is granted. In this case, the issuance of the residence permit must be certain at the date of the visa issue and the only barrier must be time.
Stay over 6 months

Residence for students

  • Summary: Residence permits for students are intended for third country nationals (people who are neither EU citizens / EU citizen or any other EEA citizens / other EEA nationals nor Sqitzerland) and can be issued for a temporary stay without establishment intent. They shall be issued for (enrolled) students and members of other groups.
  • Max employment rate: 10-20h
  • Duration: max 12 months

Recidence for researcher

  • Summary: Residence permits for researcher are intended for third country nationals (people who are neither EU citizens / EU citizen or any other EEA citizens / other EEA nationals nor Switherland) and can be issued for a temporary stay without establishment intent. They are granted for scientists / researchers and other groups.
  • Max employment rate: 40h
  • Duration: max 24 months
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