Limited leave to remain for self-employed persons

German Version

General information

Third-country nationals who are self-employed can apply for a limited leave to remain for self-employed persons (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Selbständiger") if they want to stay in Austria for more than six months.

Data protection

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

Requirements

A limited leave to remain for self-employed persons (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Selbständiger") can be granted if the applicant has pledged to carry out a self-employed activity over a duration of more than six months. The applicant, however, has no intention of taking up permanent residence in Austria and their centre of interests remains abroad.

Deadlines

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

Contact

If you plan to stay in Austria for up to six months, please contact the Austrian diplomatic representation in your country of origin.

If you plan to stay in Austria for more than six months, please contact the immigration office (MA 35 in Vienna).

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 statements, employment contracts, confirmations of pension payments)
  • Documentation showing any loans and debts ((e. g. current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency, (e. g. Kreditschutzverband - KSV 1870 Information GmbH) (German)
  • Contract for work and services in writing concerning a self-employed activity with a duration of more than six months
  • 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 160
  • 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.

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Further information

Contact for this page:
Public Relations (Municipal Department 35)
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