Indefinite leave to remain "excluding employment"

German Version

Due to the measures put in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to make a prior appointment to come to the Immigration Office (MA 35) in person. For more information and to find out how to make an appointment please go to: Specific regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic - information for persons applying for a residence permit

General information

Persons planning to take up permanent residence in Austria for the long term (not just temporarily) must apply for an indefinite leave to remain (Niederlassungsbewilligung).

Data protection

For information on data protection and your data protection rights as an individual please visit: Data Protection Notice (German)

Requirements

First-time applicants must provide evidence of German language skills at A1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Exceptions:

  • Children under 14 years of age
  • Persons who cannot reasonably be expected to provide such evidence on grounds of a permanently bad physical or mental health condition (medical report issued by a public health officer ("amtsärztliches Gutachten") or by a doctor appointed by an Austrian consulate ("vertrauensärztliches Gutachten"))

Deadlines

Applications for an extension must be filed before expiration of the indefinite leave to remain.

Contact

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8 am to 12 noon, Thursday from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Good Friday, 24 and 31 December from 8 am to 11 am. Closed on public holidays.
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, Thursday from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Good Friday, 24 and 31 December from 7.30 am to 12 noon. Closed on public holidays.
Please note: Please expect longer waiting times on Thursdays.

Documents required

  • Application for a residence permit ("Antrag auf Erteilung einer Aufenthaltsbewilligung") in German
  • Valid travel document (e. g. passport)
  • Current biometric passport photo: the photo can be no more than six months old when the residence permit is granted.
  • Birth certificate or other equivalent document
  • If applicable:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Civil partnership certificate
    • Divorce certificate
    • Certificate of dissolution of a civil partnership
    • Adoption certificate
    • Documents proving family relationships
  • Legal proof of adequate accommodation (e. g. lease or rental agreement, proof of ownership)
  • Document showing the monthly rent and/or running costs of the accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Austria and covering all risks: overview of possible health insurances: 114 KB PDF
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence in Austria (e. g. confirmation of pension payments, savings)
  • Current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency (e. g. Kreditschutzverband - KSV 1870 Information GmbH) (German)
  • Confirmation of any maintenance payment obligations
  • First-time application:

In some cases, additional documents may be required.

You must submit the original documents and copies.

The following documents must be certified by diplomatic certification or apostille:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Civil partnership certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Certificate of dissolution of a civil partnership
  • Death certificate
  • Police clearance certificate

Documents issued in a language other than German must be filed together with a certified translation (by a certified court translator).

Fees

  • Basic fee: EUR 120
  • Further costs arise for civil status documents issued abroad. Depending on the type of document, this fee may be EUR 3.90, EUR 7.20 or EUR 14.30.

You will receive the residence permit after payment of the fee. You may pay these fees in cash or electronically by credit or cash card (German).

For any questions regarding payment, please contact the competent accounting department (Buchhaltungsabteilung 40) (German) of Municipal Department 6.

Form

Further information

  • The application must be made in person.
  • Family reunification is allowed.
  • The first-time permit is subject to the immigration quota ("quotenpflichtig").
  • The Integration Agreement must be fulfilled.
  • Persons holding an indefinite leave to remain "excluding employment" (Niederlassungsbewilligung "Ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit") are not allowed to take up employment.
  • If the validity of your passport is shorter than the possible grant period, the indefinite leave to remain is issued only according to the validity of the passport.
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Public Relations (Municipal Department 35)
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