EEA citizens or Swiss nationals: Arrival, residence and settlement in the EU
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Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) do not need a visa and have the right to reside and settle in the territory of an EU/EEA Member State of their choice for a period of up to three months. This right exists regardless of any economic activity.
EEA citizens and Swiss nationals who exercise their right to freedom of movement are entitled to stay for more than three months if the statutory requirements have been fulfilled.
EEA citizens and Swiss nationals and their relatives who remain in the federal territory for longer than three months must notify the competent settlement authority (provincial governor or local administrative authority authorised by them) of this no later than four months after arrival.
If the requirements have been fulfilled, the authority issues a registration certificate upon request.
All persons residing in Austria (Austrian nationals, EU citizens, third country nationals) are required to register with the authorities in accordance with the Meldegesetz. Anyone who takes up or leaves accommodation in Austria is required to register and de‑registerwith the competent registration authority.
EEA citizens and Swiss nationals are entitled to stay for more than three months if:
- they are employees or self‑employed workers in Austria, or
- they have sufficient resources and comprehensive sickness insurance cover for themselves and their family members not to need to claim social assistance or compensatory allowances during their stay; or
- the principal aim of their stay is to obtain a qualification, including a professional qualification, from a state school or legally recognised private school or educational establishment and they have sufficient resources and comprehensive sickness insurance cover for themselves and their family members.
Registering a stay of more than three months: within four months of arrival
The settlement authority that is responsible for the EEA citizen or Swiss national’s main residence:
- the provincial governor or
- the local administrative authority authorised by them:
- Sections 51 ff of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG)
- Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz-Durchführungsverordnung (NAG-DV)
- Meldegesetz 1991 (MeldeG)
Link to form
- Application for registration certificate for EEA citizens; photo ID card for EEA citizens; residence cardGerman text
- Application for certificate of permanent residence for EEA citizens and permanent residence cardGerman text
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