Visa and entry regulations
Our services related to your entry to Austria
Please be aware that you are the applicant in any visa or residence permit procedure. As such, it is your responsibility to fully comply with the requests of the authorities. This means to hand in all the required documents in the correct format and in time. Visa and residence permit applications can be complex and bureaucratic, therefore we offer the following special services:
Visa application guidance for US & Canadian citizens that cannot obtain the Austrian Visa in North America
Residence Permit guidance for all third-country students staying a full exchange year at WU
Information for EU, EEA & Swiss citizens regarding their registration in Austria with MA35
The role of the International Office is to advise and consult you in the process. Please be advised that we are not responsible for your legal entry and stay.
- Students from third countries staying up to six months
- Students from third countries staying longer than six months
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.
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 Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation (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 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. Note: You must apply for a visa at the appropriate Austrian authority in your home country. In the next step, you must collect the issued visa. Please do so before you leave for Vienna in order to enter Austria legally and to obtain your residence permit at MA35.
Municipal Department 35 (MA35), Division 1.2 First-Time-Application Centre
Dresdner Straße 93
Contact information and opening hours (only available in German)
This information is subject to change and provided without liability.