Relatives of EU citizens and Swiss nationals who are third country nationals – General information on residence in Austria

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* The term ‘ EU citizen’ as used in this text always refers not just to EU citizens but also other citizens of the European Economic Area (from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) and Swiss nationals.

The following third country nationals, who are relatives of EU citizens with a right of residence under EU law or of Austrian nationals who have exercised this right, are entitled to stay in Austria for more than three months:

  • spouses or registered partners
  • relatives of the EU citizen or their spouse or registered partner who are direct descendants (children, grandchildren, great‑grandchildren) and who have not yet reached 21 years of age, and over this age if their maintenance is actually being provided by this person
  • relatives of the EU citizen or their spouse or registered partner who are direct ancestors (parents, grandparents, great‑grandparents) if their maintenance is actually being provided by this person

These relatives will receive a ‘residence card’ upon request as a record of their right of residence. This request must be made within four months of arriving in Austria.

Advice

They will then have free access to the Austrian employment market, for which they may request the issue of a certificate by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) (application form: ‘Certificate of exemption in accordance with Section 3(8) of the Certificate of exemption in accordance with Section 3(8) of the (AusIBG)German text).

After five years’ of lawful and continuous residence in Austria , they will receive a ‘permanent residence card’ upon request.

The ‘residence card’ and ‘permanent residence card’ may serve as proof of identity and are issued in the form of a card (size of a credit card).

Advice

All persons who take up accommodation in Austria are required to register with the authorities in accordance with the Austrian Registration Act (Meldegesetz). Anyone who takes up or leaves accommodation in Austria is therefore required to register and de‑register with the competent registration authority.

For relatives with a right of residence under EU law who already settled legally in Austria prior to 1 January 2006 and registered in accordance with the Austrian Registration Act, the valid registration is regarded as the registration certificate.

legal basis

Translated by the European Commission
last update: 1 February 2021

responsible for content: Federal Ministry of the Interior

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