Limited leave to remain for students

German Version

General information

Students, who are third-country nationals, can apply for a limited leave to remain for students (Aufenthaltsbewilligung für Studierende) 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: Datenschutzrechtliche Information (German)

Requirements

This limited leave to remain may be granted to regular or irregular students at the following institutions:

Deadlines

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

Persons, who have successfully completed their studies in Austria and aim to apply for a Red White Red Card (Rot-Weiß-Rot-Karte), can apply for a one-time extension of the limited leave to remain for students (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Studierender") for the purpose of finding a job. The extension is valid for a maximum of twelve months. You must apply for this extension before your limited leave to remain for students expires.

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. proof of ownership, lease or rental agreement)
  • 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: 66 KB PDF
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence in Austria (e. g. scholarship, bank deposit, proof of regular payments made to their bank account). Persons under 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of at least EUR 491.43. Persons over 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of at least EUR 889.84.
  • Proof of source of funds
  • If applicable: Declaration of liability (Haftungserklärung) accompanied by an income statement and statement of monthly expenditures of the person vouching for the applicant.
  • First-time application:
  • Applications for extension:
    • Proof of academic success ("Studienerfolgsnachweis") during the previous academic year
    • Current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency (e. g. Kreditschutzverband - KSV 1870 Information GmbH) (German)

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).

Billing and payment (German)
For any questions regarding payment, please contact: Municipal Department 6 - Accounting Department 40 (German).

Form

Further information

  • The application must be made in person.
  • Family reunification is allowed.
  • The first-time permit is exempt from the immigration quota ("quotenfrei").
  • You do not have to fulfil the Integration Agreement as it is considered fulfilled by the admission to study at an Austrian university or other institution of higher education.
  • Students are allowed to work in compliance with the Employment of Foreign Nationals Act (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz) as long as this does not negatively affect their studies. Information about the issuing of an employment licence can be obtained from the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice).
  • If the validity of your passport is shorter than the possible grant period, the residence permit is issued only according to the validity of the passport.

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