Indefinite leave to remain for "family reunification"

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

An indefinite leave to remain (Niederlassungsbewilligung) can be issued to persons who plan to take up permanent residence in Austria for the long term (not just temporarily).

The indefinite leave to remain (Niederlassungsbewilligung) can be granted to the following persons:

Data protection

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

Requirements

The sponsor, who is a third-country national, must have the permanent residence in Austria.

Spouses or civil partners must both be of or over 21 years of age at the time of application.

Children (including adoptive and step children) must be single and under 18 years of age.

At the time of first application, applicants have to prove German language skills at A1 level according to CEFR. This document must not be more than one year old at the time of application.

Deadlines

Applications for an extension must be filed before expiration of the residence permit.

You can apply for the three-year residence permit no earlier than two years after taking up residence in Austria and having completed Module I (A2 CEFR and integration course) of the Integration Agreement.

Contact

Immigration authority (MA 35):

  • First applications of Family members of persons holding a Niederlassungsbewilligung "Ausgenommen Erwerbstätigkeit", Family members of persons, who have already resided in Austria for some time and who are holders of Rot-Weiß-Rot Karte plus, a "Daueraufenthalt EU", or a Aufenthaltskarte or Daueraufenthaltskarte, Family members of officially recognised refugees (anerkannte Konventionsflüchtlinge), Family members of persons, who have already resided in Austria for some time and who are holders of a "Niederlassungsbewilligung", "Niederlassungsbewilligung Angehöriger": Fachbereich Einwanderung - Referat 1.1 - Erstantragszentrum (German)
  • First applications of Family members of personen holding a Niederlassungsbewilligung "scientist", "researcher", "artist" or "indefinite leave to remain for special cases of dependent employment": Fachbereich Einwanderung - Referat 1.3 - Erstantragszentrum (German)
  • Applications for extensions for applications of family members of persons holding a Niederlassungsbewilligung "Forscher": Fachbereich Einwanderung - Referat 1.3 - Erstantragszentrum (German)
  • Applications for all other extensions: Fachbereich Einwanderung - Außenstellen in den Bezirken (German)

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. payslip, income statement, employment contract, confirmation of pension payments)
  • Proof of source of funds
  • Current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency (e. g. Kreditschutzverband - KSV 1870 Information GmbH) (German)
  • If the sponsor is self-employed:
    • Business licence (Gewerberechtliche Bewilligung)
    • Confirmation from your chartered accountant(s) ("SteuerberaterIn") on the salary for managing directors ("Geschäftsführergehalt") or withdrawal from the company accounts ("Entnahmen")
    • Income tax statement ("Einkommenssteuerbescheid") if available
    • Operating statement (confirmed by chartered accountant(s)) if available
    • Statement of revenues and expenditures (confirmed by chartered accountant(s))
  • 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.
  • Module I (A2 CEFR and integration course) of the Integration Agreement must be fulfilled.
  • Persons over six years of age have to give their fingerprints.
  • three-year residence permit can be obtained at the earliest after two years of permanent residence and completion of Module I (A2 CEFR) of the Integration Agreement. Third-country nationals with five years of permanent residence can obtain the residence permit "Daueraufenthalt EU" provided they have fulfilled Module II (B1 CEFR and integration course) of the Integration Agreement.
  • 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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