General Information for EEA Citizens and Swiss People
EEA citizens and people from Switzerland do not require a visa and have a right of residence in the Austrian federal territory for a period of three months. This right is independent from economic activity in Austria.
EEA citizens and people from Switzerland may reside in Austria for more than three months according to Union law if
- they are employed or self-employed in Austria or
- they have sufficient means of life and sufficient health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members so that they avoid becoming a burden on the social assistance system or claiming compensation allowance [Ausgleichszulage] or
- the primary purpose of their stay is to complete their studies including vocational training at an Austrian public school or a legally recognised private school or an education facility and have sufficient means of life and sufficient health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members.
EEA citizens and Swiss people who have a right of residence for a period of more than three months according to Union law and are staying in Austria longer than three months must report their taking up of residence to the residence authorities. A registration certificate [Anmeldebescheinigung] as documentation of their right of residence will then be issued upon application. Such an application must be made within a four-month period starting from the applicant's arrival in Austria. After a five-year period of continuous legal residence in Austria a document certifying permanent residence [Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts] can be issued upon application. Furthermore, you can apply for a photo identification for EEA citizens [Lichtbildausweis für EWR-Bürger] which can also be used as an identification document.
All persons establishing their residence in Austria are obliged to comply with the registration requirements of the Austrian Meldegesetz. Whoever establishes or leaves their residence is obliged to register or deregister with the responsible authority.
A valid registration counts as a registration certificate [Anmeldebescheinigung] for EEA citizens and Swiss people and their relatives who have a right of residence, established their legal residence in Austria before 1 January 2006 and are registered pursuant to the Austrian Meldegesetz.
Further information on residence in AustriaGerman text can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at.
Federal Ministry of the Interior