Welcome to Austria


ENTRY FROM EU COUNTRIES, EEA COUNTRIES AND SWITZERLAND

The Republic of Austria is a member state of the European Union. Free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. EU citizens, EEA citizens (incl. Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) and Swiss people do not require a visa and have a right of residence in the Austrian federal territory for a period of three months. This right is independent from economic activity in Austria.

EEA citizens and Swiss people who have a right of residence for a period of more than three months according to Union law and are staying in Austria longer than three months must report their taking up of residence to the residence authorities. A document called Anmeldebescheinigung as documentation of their right of residence will then be issued upon application. Such an application must be made within a four-month period starting from the applicant's arrival in Austria.

EEA citizens and people from Switzerland may reside in Austria for more than three months according to Union law if

  • they are employed or self-employed in Austria or
  • they have sufficient means of life and sufficient health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members or
  • the primary purpose of their stay is to complete their studies including vocational training at an Austrian public school or a legally recognised private school or an education facility and have sufficient means of life and sufficient health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members

You have to register within three working days of arrival in Austria with the registration office at your place of residence. This would be the Innsbruck Municipal Authority (Stadtmagistrat) if your place of residence is in Innsbruck. If the place of residence is in another Tyrolean municipality, then that municipal office (Gemeindeamt) is directly responsible.

Please check the required documents (e.g. passport, employment contract) for the application of the registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) and for the registration for residence.

 

General information:

- Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research (OeAD): Entry and Residence (with downloads of all application forms and addresses of the competent Austrian authorities)

- EURAXESS Austria: https://www.euraxess.at/austria/information-assistance/entry-conditions-and-visas

- Austrian Government Help-Service for Foreign Citizens (general information); website on migration (further information); https://www.help.gv.at/Portal (only in German)

- Austrian Foreign Ministry https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/travel-stay/entry-and-residence-in-austria/entry-and-visa/


 

ENTRY FROM THIRD-COUNTRIES

The situation is different for citizens from third countries (non-EU or non-EEA countries).

- For a stay up to a maximum of six months, citizens of third countries are required to apply for a visa:

- For a stay that lasts more than 6 months, citizens of third countries are required to possess, right from the beginning of this period, a residence permit, which is always issued for a specific purpose. When entering Austria, not only a valid passport, but also a valid residence permit must be presented. Please refer to the following weblinks for the different forms (e.g. EU Blue Card, Red-White-Red Card, Settlement Permit Researchers) and limitations on residence permits:


ENTRY RULES FOR RESEARCHERS

For researchers special rules apply, which can be found in the Researcher's Guide to Austria by Euraxess or on the OEAD website.

The projekt.service.office of the University of Innsbruck helps researchers regarding the entry, visa and residence permits in Austria. Your Contact person is PD Dr. Robert Rebitsch.

 

 

ARRIVING IN INNSBRUCK

If you live in the city area of Innsbruck (i.e., within the „Innsbruck - Stadt“ district), please contact the Municipal Administration, whose offices are located in the center of Innsbruck in the Rathausgalerie (https://www.innsbruck.gv.at) within three working days on arrival in Austria. Here you will conveniently resolve all questions regarding place of residence, registration, residence permits and citizenship.

The only exception is the subject of driving licenses, for which you must refer to the Innsbruck District Administration („Bezirkshauptmannschaft Innsbruck“), at the address Gilmstrasse 2, or to the Tyrol State Police Headquarters („Landespolizeidirektion Tirol“), which is located at Kaiserjägerstrasse 8 in Innsbruck.

 

CHECKLISTS

Before entering Austria:

  • Inform yourself about customs regulations and entry requirements
  • Visa and residence permit for third-country nationals
  • Residence permit for EU countries (can also be applied for after entry)
  • Look for a place to live, possibly a temporary one
  • Consider care facilities, kindergarten, schools etc. if you have children
  • Provide personal documents for all accompanying family members and possibly update them
  • Please do not forget to make various cancellations (cancellation of residence, cancellation of telephone, Internet, etc.) at your earlier place of residence and to arrange a change-of-address order for your mail.

After entering Austria:

  • Registration at the respective registration office (municipal authority or municipal office) within three working days on arrival: recheck all the documents you need for this beforehand.
  • Take out insurance (liability insurance, household insurance); social insurance (health and pension insurance), which is mandatory in Austria, is provided for in the employment contract and handled by the employer (usually, non-contributory coverage for spouse and children is included).
  • Opening a bank account: it is advisable to check with more than one bank, because your employer could get special conditions with a particular bank
  • Sign up for television, Internet, telephone, radio. Please note: if you have one or more radios and/or TV sets, in Austria registering them with the „GIS“ authority and paying applicable fees is mandatory.
    • Television and radio fees are to be paid to GIS („Gebühren Info Service GmbH“). Should you fail to register, you may face severe penalties.
    • Internet and telephone: Austria has a large number of telephone and Internet service providers in relation to the number of inhabitants (e.g. A1 Telekom, Drei, T-Mobile, Magenta Telekom, HoT)
  • Inquire whether your driving license is valid in Austria and/or have it converted. This can be done at the Tyrol State Police Headquarters („Landespolizeidirektion Tirol“) For general information: help.gv.at/mobility
  •  Please check NoVA and other formalities when importing a vehicle

 

Checklists of oesterreich.gv.at:

 

USEFUL LINKS AND DOWNLOADS (pdf)

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