Visa & Residence Titles
Will you arrive with family members? Will you stay in Austria for a longer time? The Welcome Center provides you with information according to your individual needs. Please contact us regarding the entry and residence requirements well in advance.
Citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Austria, but do need a valid personal identification document (passport, identification card). If you plan to stay longer than three months, please note that you have to apply for a confirmation of registration for EU/EEA nationals.
Various non-EU/EEA nationals can enter Austria visa free as tourist. If this is the case, please note that for stays less than 6 months, you will need a visa for gainful employment! All kinds of scholarly activities require a visa! The visa free entry as tourist is, therefore, illegal!
If you stay longer than 6 months in Austria for research purposes (or similar), you have to apply for a residence title after entering Austria visa free as tourist. It is not allowed to undertake scholarly activities before holding a valid Austrian residence title! Please see section on residence title (6+ months) below. Feel free to contact the Welcome Center for further information about the entry requirements.
Nationals of a third country will need a visa to enter Austria (please also see section on entering Austria as tourist). The type of visa you will need depends on the length of your stay:
- Researchers up to 90 days in Austria: Visum C-Erwerb [visa C for gainful employment]
- Researchers up to 180 days in Austria: Visum D-Erwerb [visa D for gainful employment]
You must apply for this visa in person at a competent Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate-general). The visa will be issued by the representative authority in your country of residence and cannot be renewed in Austria!
For stays longer than 6 months, non-EU/EEA nationals have to hold an Austrian residence title.
The following residence titles are suitable for temporary scholarly activities of 6+ months:
- Settlement permit "Special cases of gainful employment"
The Welcome Center will inform you about the required application documents, feel free to get in touch.
If you are allowed to enter Austria visa free as tourist, you can apply for these settlement permits during your visa free stay. Please note that scholarly activities are illegal until you hold your valid Austrian residence title!
To apply for a visa, you do not have to submit a proof of German language proficiency.
The initial application for the settlement permit "special cases of gainful employment" requires applicants to have basic German language skills. In addition to this, module 1 of the Integration Agreement has to be fulfilled within 2 years. If you fulfill module 1 of the Integration Agreement already upon application, you do not have to prove additional German language skills. One possibility to fulfill module 1 of the Integration Agreement is to submit a document, which confirms your previous education (at least secondary school leaving diploma/general university entrance qualification, or higher). You can get this document by e.g. getting a confirmation from ENIC-NARIC Austria. The confirmation by ENIC-NARIC can be attached to your settlement permit application. We recommend to fulfill module 1 of the Integration Agreement upon application, if possible!