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Visa and entry regulations

Information for citizens of EEA countries (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway) and Switzerland

EEA and Swiss citizens are free to enter and settle in Austria without a permit, provided that they have sufficient financial means, valid health insurance, and a valid travel document (passport or personal identity card). However, they still have to complete a residence registration (Meldezettel) and require a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung) if they reside in Austria for more than 3 months.

In Vienna, the application for confirmation of registration must be submitted to Municipal Department 35 (MA35), division 5.0 within four months after entering Austria.

For more information and a list of documents needed, please read the information provided by MA35 or OeAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education).

Confirmation of registration

Municipal Department 35 (MA35), Division 5.0 EEA
Arndtstraße 67, 1120 Vienna
Contact information and opening hours (only available in German)

Students from third countries staying up to six months

Students from a third country (i.e. not from the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway & Switzerland) staying in Austria for up to 6 months usually need to apply for either a travel visa C (for stays 90 days or less) or a residence visa D (for stays of 91 days up to six months). Regarding the visa application process, please check with your local Austrian authority (embassy/consulate general). Visas must be applied for at and issued by the appropriate Austrian authority in your home country before leaving for Austria.

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Good to know: Students from third countries holding a valid “residence permit – student” from another EU member state and participating in a mobility program are entitled to enter and stay visa-free in Austria for up to 360 days. This does not apply to residence permits issued by the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Denmark.

Students from third countries staying longer than six months

Students from a third country (i.e. not from the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway & Switzerland) staying in Austria for more than six months need to apply for a “residence permit – student”.

Exception: Students from third countries holding a valid “residence permit – student” from another EU member state and participating in a mobility program are entitled to enter and stay visa-free in Austria for up to 360 days. This does not apply to residence permits issued by the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark.

Please read this page on entry regulations for third country nationals, which contains an extensive explanation and a list of the required documents compiled by the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education (OeAD).

The application form for a residence permit is only available in German; here you can find instructions on how to complete the form correctly. Once you have collected all the necessary documents, you have two options for submitting your residence permit application:

Option A: Application in Austria

If your citizenship allows you to enter Austria visa-free or you enter Austria with a valid visa, it is possible to apply for a “residence permit – student” at the Municipal Department 35 (MA35) in Vienna. The application must be submitted immediately after your arrival in Austria as it may take up to 90 days to be processed. Please note that only complete applications will be processed. An open application does not allow you to remain in Austria longer than specified in your visa or visa-free stay.

Option B: Application in your home country

If you are not allowed to enter Austria visa-free or have a valid visa, you have to apply in person for a “residence permit – student” at the local Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate general) in your country of residence before travelling to Austria. You should apply at least five months before your intended entry into Austria. Only after your residence permit has been granted you may apply for a visa D. Visas must be applied for at and issued by the appropriate Austrian authority in your home country before you leave for Vienna in order to enter Austria legally and collect your residence permit at MA35.

Municipal Department 35 (MA35), Division 1.2 First-Time-Application Centre
Dresdner Straße 93
1200 Vienna
Contact information and opening hours (only available in German)

This information is subject to change and provided without liability.