Emigration and Visas in Austria
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Austria is a participant in the Schengen visa agreement, which facilitates the free movement of visa holders throughout the countries included in the scheme. Consequently, applicants who want to apply for an Austrian visa for the purposes of tourism or for relocating to Austria on a temporary basis in order to conduct business will invariably apply for a Schengen visa.
Nationals of EU or EEA nations may enter the Austria without applying for a visa. However, for those outside the EU and EEA who wish to visit or immigrate to Austria, a visa application or Austrian residence permit will need to be obtained.
Under the Schengen pact, you will need to submit the following documentation:
- A valid passport from the country of residence with a minimum of three months before expiry. It must also have at least one blank page allowing the relevant document to be affixed
- Two passport-sized photographs
- Travel documentation. An airline or alternative means of travel, ticket or confirmation e-mail must be provided
- A completed application form
- Evidence for the reason you are visiting Austria
Austrian Residence Permits apply to EU or EEA citizens who want to live and work in Austria for longer than 90 days.
Applications will usually require:
- Evidence of either employment or self-employment in Austria
- Health insurance for both the applicant and their relatives
- Sufficient financial reserves for both the applicant and their relatives
Austrian Immigration is also possible for the spouse or dependent of an existing EU or EEA national in Austria in the form of a Settlement Permit for Relatives.