Aufenthaltstitel “Art 50 EUV” – FAQs

The Aufenthaltstitel “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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.” will be the residency card that British citizens in Austria will need to apply for after the end of the transition periodTransition Period The transition period (also referred to as the implementation period) is the period following the UK's departure from the European Union (on 31.01.2020) until the end of 2020. An option to extend this period has not been taken up by the UK government..

  1. The Austrian government’s Brexit legislation (Brexit DurchführungsverordnungBrexit Durchführungsverordnung The Brexit Durchführungsverordnung (Brexit Implementation Regulation) is the Regulation/ordinance in Austrian law that will cover issues about residency for British citizens after the end of the transition period. / Brexit Implementation Regulation) has been completed and is out for public comment until 22 October. It has been created as an ordinance rather than as a law since this is quicker to implement and can be more easily amended.
  2. Key thing to stress: We are talking about a DEAL SCENARIO with regard to citizens’ rights. Regardless of whether the trade negotiations complete before 31 December 2020, citizens’ rights were a part of the Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.   If you are resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Austria.   Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration   and they are protected and fixed.

How to apply for the Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.

  1. Everybody in your household has to apply for the Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. before the end of 2021. Even new-born babies will need a completed form.
  2. To find out where you need to apply, there is an online tool at https://www.help.gv.at/Portal.Node/hlpd/public/content/behoerden.html 
  3. There may be an online appointment system in the office you need to attend – check online
  4. The cost of the 5-year card hasn’t yet been fixed but will be around €60.
  5. The cost of the 10-year card hasn’t yet been fixed but will be free if you already have your BdesD (or equvalent perment residency from before 1995). Otherwise it will be around €70.
  6. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  7. Everybody who is claiming the Article 50 EUV card should have one of the following:
    • An AnmeldebescheinigungAnmeldebescheinigung Every EU citizen who intends to stay longer than 3 months, must apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung within 4 months of first arrival in Austria. This is essentially a snap-shot of your status at that time, and confirms you have fulfilled the conditions to stay in Austria for longer. Your residence is still subject to certain rules. (required after 3 months living in Austria)
    • the Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021. (available for those who have paid social insurance payments continuously for 5 years)
    • Only if you moved to Austria before 1/1/2006: A MeldezettelMeldezettel Austria requires everyone living in Austria (both Austrians and foreigners) to register their place(s) of residence with the local authorities. The confirmation of this registration is called a Meldebestätigung (EN: confirmation of registration), although it is still affectionately known to many by its former name (the Meldezettel). This is done at your Meldeamt in the Gemeinde or Bezirk you live in. You are required to do your registration within three days of arrival. It is important to do this also because your qualification for permanent residence starts to run from the point of your registration./MeldebestätigungMeldezettel Austria requires everyone living in Austria (both Austrians and foreigners) to register their place(s) of residence with the local authorities. The confirmation of this registration is called a Meldebestätigung (EN: confirmation of registration), although it is still affectionately known to many by its former name (the Meldezettel). This is done at your Meldeamt in the Gemeinde or Bezirk you live in. You are required to do your registration within three days of arrival. It is important to do this also because your qualification for permanent residence starts to run from the point of your registration.

Note: It will not be a problem if your status has changed since obtaining the document in #9 – e.g. between working, self-employed, geringfügiggeringfügig Geringfügige Beschäftigung (marginal employment) relates to low income employment, for which certain conditions and restrictions apply. Someone employed as "geringfügig" has a maximum monthly income of € 460.66 per month. It applies to part-time, season or casual employment relationships, and from an employer's perspective has lower ancillary costs., student and retired.

Note also: Even if a British national doesn’t have a document (in particular an Anmeldebescheinigung) but fulfils the requirements for one, he or she will be covered under the Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.   If you are resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Austria.   Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration  .  So whether you forgot to apply, had applied but now lost the document or the document was destroyed or stolen, you are still covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and can continue to live and work in Austria as long as you fulfil the criteria for freedom of movement under EU law (see FAQ:Current freedom of movement rules).

Will I be eligible for the Article 50 EUV card?

Many people are understandably worried. Maybe you don’t have a Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021.. Maybe you are retired with little income. Maybe you are currently unemployed…

  1. For those who don’t yet meet the threshold for permanent residency (Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts see #9) you will be subject to the income requirement, unless you or a family member is working (see #11 below). EU rules state no exact monthly sum of income when applying for the Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. and the sums haven’t yet been fixed but it seems likely that they will be the same as the existing rules for 3rd Country nationals which require:
    • €1,000 net for individuals
    • €1,500 net for partners
    • An additional €143 net per child
  2. Notes to the income rules in #10 above:
    • There is no income requirement for anyone who has long-term residency status (Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts).
    • If somebody is a worker/self-employed, there is no income requirement under EU law – even if the work is only part-time. See FAQ: Current freedom of moment rules
    • The sums stated in #10 above are for discretionary income i.e. after paying rent, utility bills.
    • Unemployment benefits, child support etc. count as income.
    • The BMIBundesministerium für Inneres The Bundesministerium für Inneres (BMI) / Ministry for the Interior (UK counterparty: the Home Office) is competent for public security, policing, border control as well as residency and citizenships. It is also responsible for elections and direct democracy instruments as well as the civil service in the respective provinces, as well as municipal level where they are not covered by the Federal Chancellery. stressed that they really don’t want to throw people who are living here out of the country. There will be some discretion given to the local authorities here for individual cases (so prepare your arguments well if you don’t meet the income requirements).
    • The BMI stressed that this might seem harsh but it would also be the case without Brexit. EU freedom of movement rules don’t allow someone to live in a foreign EU country for more than 3 months unless they have sufficient income.
  3. If you do satisfy the conditions for the Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts but haven’t yet applied for it, you still have time until the end of 2020, unless you live in Vienna (the appointment system there is full until 2021).

Is the application form going to be a nightmare?

We were shown a draft version of the application form at the British Embassy meeting in October 2020 but asked not to publish it as this may cause confusion. We have studied it at some length and made recommendations for clarification or alteration. All of these recommendations have been agreed and implemented in an amended draft which we have not seen. We are confident that the form will be user-friendly and accessible to someone with very limited German.

  1. The application form with its guidance notes will be online at the end of October. (Addendum 07.11.2020: the appraisal of the consultation is still ongoing, we will advise when these items have been published).
  2. We were repeatedly told that EVERY British citizen living in Austria must apply including children and babies. We have plenty of time – the whole of 2021. There is no need to apply in January but they are secretly hoping that some of the straightforward cases (presumably anyone holding a Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021.) might apply early (from Monday 4 January) to prove to others that the system works (The BMIBundesministerium für Inneres The Bundesministerium für Inneres (BMI) / Ministry for the Interior (UK counterparty: the Home Office) is competent for public security, policing, border control as well as residency and citizenships. It is also responsible for elections and direct democracy instruments as well as the civil service in the respective provinces, as well as municipal level where they are not covered by the Federal Chancellery. and the Embassy called this “quick wins”).
  3. The application form is as short and simple as possible.
  4. The application form is in German (as required by Austrian law) but there is a comprehensive set of supporting notes.

Addendum: 7.11.2020.
The appraisal of the consultation is still ongoing. We will advise when these items have been published.

What do I need to bring with me to my Article 50 EUV appointment?

  1. If you have a Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021. then all you will need to bring with you to apply for the Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. is:
    • Passport
    • Passport photo (for the new card you will receive)
    • Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts
    • Note: The authority may exceptionally ask for further documents because for example a person has the Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts with their maiden name and has since married (and the passport is under his/her married name).
  2. If you don’t have a Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts then in addition to your passport and a passport photo you will need to bring proof of your status. This is all clearly stated in the supporting notes to the application form but might include:
    • For employees: A work contract
    • For the self-employed: Proof that you are self-employed. E.g. an income tax assessment
    • For the economically inactive: Proof of sickness insurance cover; proof of sufficient financial resources to support yourself and family members (e.g. pension)
    • For students/school pupils: Proof of enrolment; proof of sickness insurance cover; proof of sufficient financial resources
    • For family members: AnmeldebescheinigungAnmeldebescheinigung Every EU citizen who intends to stay longer than 3 months, must apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung within 4 months of first arrival in Austria. This is essentially a snap-shot of your status at that time, and confirms you have fulfilled the conditions to stay in Austria for longer. Your residence is still subject to certain rules. as a family member; birth certificate

What can we do to prepare?

  1. Continue to keep in touch with one another:
  2. Ensure that your passport is in order. Correct name (marriage/divorce); correct gender (sex change). The expiry date of the passport is not important so long as it hasn’t expired (the “6 months left” rule is not relevant).
  3. Make sure that you have a MeldebestätigungMeldezettel Austria requires everyone living in Austria (both Austrians and foreigners) to register their place(s) of residence with the local authorities. The confirmation of this registration is called a Meldebestätigung (EN: confirmation of registration), although it is still affectionately known to many by its former name (the Meldezettel). This is done at your Meldeamt in the Gemeinde or Bezirk you live in. You are required to do your registration within three days of arrival. It is important to do this also because your qualification for permanent residence starts to run from the point of your registration. (MeldezettelMeldezettel Austria requires everyone living in Austria (both Austrians and foreigners) to register their place(s) of residence with the local authorities. The confirmation of this registration is called a Meldebestätigung (EN: confirmation of registration), although it is still affectionately known to many by its former name (the Meldezettel). This is done at your Meldeamt in the Gemeinde or Bezirk you live in. You are required to do your registration within three days of arrival. It is important to do this also because your qualification for permanent residence starts to run from the point of your registration.) and at least the AnmeldebescheinigungAnmeldebescheinigung Every EU citizen who intends to stay longer than 3 months, must apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung within 4 months of first arrival in Austria. This is essentially a snap-shot of your status at that time, and confirms you have fulfilled the conditions to stay in Austria for longer. Your residence is still subject to certain rules.. If you arrive in the country in the last few months/weeks/days before 31 December 2021 get these quickly!

I’m retired with a UK pension and I’m worried since my income is below the income requirement. Help me!

  1. Your UK pension will be considered as your income. If you have been here for more than 5 years than you can apply for the Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021. already in 2020 (if you haven’t already got it), then assuming you are successful, you will have peace of mind and be able to simply exchange that for your Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. in 2021 (see #17). Even if your income is indeed too low, it would be too low to remain in Austria even without Brexit anyway (see #31). But you won’t have to up and leave as the authorities will examine the individual case. For example, having lived in Austria for the past 10 years or owning property in Austria would make a strong case for being allowed to continue living in Austria (under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) even if the income requirements are not fulfilled.
  2. Regarding healthcare for pensioners – as long as you remain in the scope of the Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.   If you are resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Austria.   Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration  , your equal treatment rights to healthcare in Austria are protected after the end of the transition periodTransition Period The transition period (also referred to as the implementation period) is the period following the UK's departure from the European Union (on 31.01.2020) until the end of 2020. An option to extend this period has not been taken up by the UK government. (on the same basis as a comparable national of your country of residence).

I’ve always had a job here but now I’ve lost it due to the COVID-19 situation. How does this affect me regarding the application for the Article 50 EUV card?

  1. If you have the Bescheinigung des DaueraufenthaltsBescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts für EWR Bürger This is the document you can apply for after 5 years' continuous and legal residency in Austria. It confirms that you have the right to permanent residency under EU rules as an EU citizen. It requires you to provide proof of residency, employment or sufficient financial resources, and all-risks medical and health insurance cover. Holders of this document are guaranteed the Article 50 EUV card via a quick and easy process in 2021. then there is no problem – there is no income requirement.
  2. If you only have the AnmeldebescheinigungAnmeldebescheinigung Every EU citizen who intends to stay longer than 3 months, must apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung within 4 months of first arrival in Austria. This is essentially a snap-shot of your status at that time, and confirms you have fulfilled the conditions to stay in Austria for longer. Your residence is still subject to certain rules. then:
    • You may wish to strategically choose a time to apply when you or a family member do have a job, hoping that the labour market situation will improve during 2021. See next point.
    • If one family member has a job (employed or self-employed; “real and genuine work”) for a minimum of 5.5 hours/week then there is no income requirement and you will all be able to obtain your Article 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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. cards. See Current freedom of movement rules below (#29).
    • Again, it was stressed in teh British Embassy meeting in October 2020 that this might seem harsh, but this is simply applying EU freedom of movement rules – it would also be the case without Brexit.
  3. A strategic application (timed to coincide with a period of work) when a person has found a job again, can help to speed up the process (as it is much easier for the authorities to prove entitlement to remain if somebody is currently employed).

Hauptwohnsitz/Nebenwohnsitz

  1. There will be a clear distinction in most cases:
    • If your house in Austria is registered as your NebenwohnsitzZweitwohnsitz Secondary places of residence (e.g. holiday homes that you spend some time in yourself, pied-à-terres, granny flats) are known as Zweitwohnsitze (in legal terms) or Nebenwohnsitze (in common parlance). While you may reside at a secondary residence for part of the time, it does not constitute the centre of your vital interests. It is of course possible to change your residence status (i.e. from your Zweitwohnsitz to Hauptwohnsitz - known as Ummeldung) to reflect changes in circumstances, although you should be aware that "flipping" is not intended for short-term changes and that doing so can affect the status of grants etc. contingent on the location of your vital interests. but you live in it for 11 months/year, then it is your HauptwohnsitzHauptwohnsitz Your Hauptwohnsitz is your principle place of residence, i.e. where you typically have the centre of your vital interests. Other residences are known as Nebenwohnsitze. and it won’t stop you from obtaining the Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms..
    • If you only live in your house in Austria for 1 month/year then it is a Nebenwohnsitz. You won’t be able to obtain the Article 50 EUV card, but this won’t stop you from living in the house for 1 month per year.

Once you have your Article 50 EUV card

  1. Absence from Austria:
    • With the 5-year card you are entitled to be abroad for up to 6 months each year (although there are circumstances such as being sent abroad by your employer, a serious health issue or studying in which this can be extended).
    • With the 10-year card you are allowed 5 years of absence (which is better than the 2 years offered to EU citizens under the freedom of movement rules).
  2. Your Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. will be in credit card form and should always be carried.
  3. The Article 50 EUV card is NOT sufficient to cross an international border. You will need your passport too (including within the Schengen area).

Current freedom of movement rules

An explanation of the current rules of freedom of movement will be helpful to many people:

  1. EU citizens are entitled to enter without a visa. They have the right to stay in the Federal territory for a period of three months. This is regulated in the Foreign Police Act (FPG). Employed persons (employees, self-employed persons, service providers), but also those not gainfully employed, provided they have sufficient means of subsistence and comprehensive health insurance cover, have a right of residence for more than three months. The person concerned may not burden the social system of Austria.

The right exists for the following persons:

  • Employed or self-employed persons and job seekers (for a certain period of time)
  • Economically inactive persons (e.g. pensioners) who have sufficient own means of subsistence and comprehensive health insurance cover for themselves and all their family members, or
  • Students and trainees who have sufficient own means of subsistence and comprehensive health insurance cover or
  • Family members of a person, who fulfils one of the criteria listed above.

Therefore a person can rely on their status of economically inactive person, if they can show sufficient own means of subsistence and comprehensive health insurance.

Alternatively a person currently not employed can rely on their family members right to freedom of movement and get an AnmeldebescheinigungAnmeldebescheinigung Every EU citizen who intends to stay longer than 3 months, must apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung within 4 months of first arrival in Austria. This is essentially a snap-shot of your status at that time, and confirms you have fulfilled the conditions to stay in Austria for longer. Your residence is still subject to certain rules./Article 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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. residence permit as a family member (that is the example with one family member working).

It is important to note that if a person is employed or self-employed there is no income requirement. Any person who, in the context of an employment relationship for remuneration, carries out real and genuine work for a certain period of time is considered a worker Only activities which are of such a small scale that they are completely subordinate and insignificant are disregarded. Neither the limited amount of the remuneration nor the origin of the resources for that remuneration can have any effect on the status of worker within the meaning of Union law. Therefore also persons who are only employed “geringfügiggeringfügig Geringfügige Beschäftigung (marginal employment) relates to low income employment, for which certain conditions and restrictions apply. Someone employed as "geringfügig" has a maximum monthly income of € 460.66 per month. It applies to part-time, season or casual employment relationships, and from an employer's perspective has lower ancillary costs.” or for a small number of hours a week are considered workers.

Delays at the Passport Office

(Information as of 10th October 2020)

  1. We were assured that the backlog has now been cleared and the system is working efficiently again
  2. Anyone who was forced to buy an Emergency Travel DocumentEmergency Travel Document The Emergency Travel Document (sometimes also called an Emergency Passport) is issued for British citizens abroad who need to travel who do not have a passport for travel (e.g. due to loss/theft/expiry of their previous travel document) and are unable to apply for one in time. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the section of the UK Government Website about Emergency Travel Documents. could be eligible for a fee refund if on the date this document was issued you had a passport application pending with HM Passport OfficeHM Passport Office HM Passport Office is responsible for the issuing of British passports. The British Embassy does not handle regular passport applications, but can issue Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs). Further information about getting a new passport urgently can be found on the section of the UK Government website on Getting a passport urgently which was delayed due to COVID-19. You should send your Emergency Travel Document, issue date and Passport Application Reference number to feedback@hmpo.gov.uk.

Who qualifies for social assistance?

To summarise http://bit.ly/ATsocialassistance – mentioned in our flowchart about residence, unrestricted qualification for social assistance (Anspruch auf Leistungen der Sozialhilfe) for foreign citizens in Austria is only possible for citizens of EU Member States or EEA Signatory States who have a claim to social assistance or minimum benefits if they have been employed in Austria or have already been legally resident for five years or longer.

Third country nationals only have a right to such benefits once they have already been legally resident in Austria for more than five years.

Where can I find The Withdrawal Agreement text?

The EU has it here for all to see. On that page are also some explanatory notes. Warning : It is over 500 pages long.

If you find that too daunting, our mother group Britis in Europe has some great guides to the WA

If my passport is being renewed, can I use an Emergency Travel Document for my Art 50 EUV card application?

Background: Some people in the Facebook groupsthe Facebook groups Britishinaustria.net draws upon its two Facebook groups as a source of questions to address in FAQs or to refer to the authorities or to request clarification from government ministries or HM British Embassy. These groups can be found at: British in Austria: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BritishAustria British in Europe ~ Austria: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BritishinAustria   have asked whether they can use an Emergency Travel DocumentEmergency Travel Document The Emergency Travel Document (sometimes also called an Emergency Passport) is issued for British citizens abroad who need to travel who do not have a passport for travel (e.g. due to loss/theft/expiry of their previous travel document) and are unable to apply for one in time. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the section of the UK Government Website about Emergency Travel Documents. (ETDEmergency Travel Document The Emergency Travel Document (sometimes also called an Emergency Passport) is issued for British citizens abroad who need to travel who do not have a passport for travel (e.g. due to loss/theft/expiry of their previous travel document) and are unable to apply for one in time. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the section of the UK Government Website about Emergency Travel Documents.) in the case that their passport is being renewed for their 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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms. card application.

Response from HM Embassy – received 09.11.2020.

UK nationals will need to use their standard British passports when applying for the new Article 50 EUV cardAufenthaltstitel "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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.. We would like to reassure you that the COVID-related backlog in processing passport applications earlier in the year has now been cleared.

The application process for the new residency card will be open for the whole of 2021, so it is not necessary for everyone to apply at the start of January. There is no requirement for future validity (i.e. 6 months) on a passport used as proof of nationality when evidencing rights under the Withdrawal AgreementWithdrawal Agreement The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.   If you are resident in Austria at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Austria.   Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration  .

UK nationals resident in Austria whose passports are approaching expiry should replace the documents in good time.

HM Embassy to britishinaustria.net