Entry and Residence Regulations
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.
Entering visa free (as tourist)
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!
- A prospective employee from the United States was invited to hold a lecture for 2 weeks at the Unviersity of Graz and will receive a salary (or single payment). He or she has to apply for a gainful employment visa at the Austrian representative authority.
- A guest researcher from Canada wants to stay in Austria for 5 months to conduct research during his/her sabbatical. He or she has to apply for a gainful employment visa at the Austrian representative authority.
- A guest researcher from Serbia wants to hold a lecture at Uni Graz and does not receive a salary (or single payment). He or she has to apply for a gainful employment visa at the Austrian representative authority.
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.
Stays: up to 6 months
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!
Stays: 6+ months
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:
- Settlement permit "Special cases of gainful employment"
- Settlement permit "Researcher"
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!
German language requirements
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!
International staff at Uni Graz can fulfill the Integration Agreement also with an alternative document - please contact the Welcome Center for further information!
The Red-White-Red Card for particularly qualified people or key workers is an option for permanent immigration. If you have a long or even permanent employment contract at the University of Graz (4+ years), we suggest the Red-White-Red Card or the settlement permit - researcher. Please contact the Welcome Center for detailed information.
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). After coming to Graz, you may need to apply for a confirmation of registration.
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