I am considering taking Austrian citizenship. What are the comparative benefits of naturalisation or permanent residence?

Even if you are considering applying to take Austrian citizenship, it would be advisable to apply for the Art 50 EUVAufenthaltstitel "Artikel 50 EUV" The Aufenthaltstitel “Art 50 EUV” is a residency title to be issued to British citizens from the end of the transition period. Its name is derived from Article 50 of the […]

What future prospects exist of Austria allowing dual citizenship?

Note: this relates to dual citizenship by naturalisation (durch Verleihung). Children of parents of two citizenships, of which one is Austrian (e.g. Austrian mother and British father) may now hold dual citizenship by descent (durch Abstammung). From September 2020 there has been the possibility for (re)acquiring citizenship by declaration (durch Anzeige) for the victims of […]

Can a minor naturalise as an Austrian citizen?

Articles 10 to 24 StbG cover naturalisation by a minor (ie. up to the age of 18). Under certain circumstances there are possibilities for naturalisation while still a minor, but they depend on specific circumstances including schooling. Including a child on a parent’s naturalisation (Verleihung durch Erstreckung) is the more common approach, since if the […]

If I become an Austrian citizen, do I have to do military or alternative civilian service?

Austria still has compulsory military service (Wehrdienst) or alternative civilian service (Zivildienst) for all male citizens deemed fit for call-up (tauglich) up to the age of 35. So you would be required to complete military or alternative military service were you naturalise before the age of 35. In some circumstances you may be exempted from […]

Someone I know obtained Austrian citizenship through marriage, can I apply too?

This situation applied previously, but no longer does. The chances are that your acquaintance married prior to 1985. The Staatsbürgerschaftsgesetz 1965 (repealed 1984/5) stated in Article 9 that a spouse could receive Austrian citizenship by marrying an Austrian (source: Stammfassung StbG 1965 https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/…/1965_250_0/1965_250_0.pdf) without any mention of the need to give up their British citizenship.There was […]

I am a British citizen and will be giving birth to a child in Austria. Will my child be an Austrian citizen?

Austrian citizenship is conferred by descent (lex sanguinis) rather than by place of birth (lex soli). If neither parent is an Austrian citizen, the child does not have a claim to Austrian citizenship. If you are married to an Austrian, or the acknowledged father of the child is Austrian, they will be able to take […]

What is the procedure for claiming Austrian citizenship by declaration?

A recent amendment to the Staatsbürgerschaftsverordnung 1985 covers the practical handling of acquiring citizenship by declaration, a method that allows Austrians who fled before May 1955 for reasons of persecution or their direct descendants to obtain Austrian citizenship without having to renounce British citizenship (in contrast to the conventional naturalisation procedure). The declaration is to […]

How does acquisition of Austrian citizenship by declaration work?

Austrian citizens or citizens of a successor state of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy, who were forced to leave Austria prior to 15 May 1955 for reasons relating to their race or for political reasons, and who subsequently lost their Austrian citizenship as a result of taking up a foreign citizenship may reacquire Austrian citizenship by […]