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BMI Questions on Residency

The BMI has released a further list of FAQs.

The Austrian Ministry of the Interior has released a number of questions about residency related issues on their website recently. It contains a wealth of information, and we have tried to ensure that our information is updated to reflect new information obtained through 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.’s information. Where information has been amended and clarified, we are currently also correcting existing content.

The BMI FAQs address the following questions:

  1. I am a British citizen or the third country family member of a British citizen and was already resident in Austria prior to 31 December 2020. Can I continue to live in Austria?
  2. I am a British citizen or the third country family member of a British citizen and wish to move to Austria after 31 December 2020. What applies for me?
  3. When and where can I submit my application for the “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.” card?
  4. Which authority is competent for the application? Where can I find the address?
  5. Will there be an application form?
  6. What steps can I take to prepare?
  7. What will the new residence title cost?
  8. I hold 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. Note: British Citizens could only apply for the Anmeldebescheinigung until the end of the transition period (31.12.2020)/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. Note: British Citizens could only apply for the Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts until the end of the transition period (31.12.2020)/Aufenthaltskarte/Daueraufenthaltskarte. What do I have to do?
  9. How much do I need to be earning to have “sufficient funds” for existence purposes?
  10. I am a British citizen and have been resident in Austria since before 31.12.2020. Will I be required to learn German after Brexit?
  11. What will happen to my right of residence until my new residence title (“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.”) has been issued. Will I have to leave Austria?
  12. I have a right of permanent residency. Will I lose it after 31.12.2020?
  13. Will my Art 50 EUV residence title be issued as soon as I apply?
  14. I am a British citizen and am only registered in Austria as a secondary residence (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.) or in a holiday home? Can I still apply for a residency title?
  15. I am a British citizen and have been living in Austria since before 31.12.2020. Unfortunately I recently lost my job and am currently looking for work? Do I have to leave Austria?
  16. What will the “Art 50 EUV” residency title allow me to do? What will I be able to do in the future?
  17. Does the “Art 50 EUV” residency title allow me to enter countries in the Schengen Travel AreaSchengen Area The Schengen Area is European border control-free travel area, consisting of all EU Member States except for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein., and will I be able to return to Austria without any difficulty?
  18. I hold an “Art 50 EUV” residency title. How long can I remain outside of Austria?
  19. I hold an “Art 50 EUV – Daueraufenthalt” residency title. How long can I remain outside of Austria?

FAQs based on the BMI Questions and Answers

I am a resident in Austria since before 31.12.2020. I recently lost my job and am looking for work. Do I have to leave Austria?

From information published by 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. on 17.12.2020 – No, you do not have to leave Austria. From 01.01.2021 it will be necessary 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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.”. As was the case as a citizen of an EU Member State, in the case that you are not in employment you and your family must be able to afford to live in Austria without recourse to social assistance (money received from the AMSArbeitsmarktservice The Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) is Austria’s leading provider of labour-market related services, and matches candidates with job openings and assists jobseekers and companies by providing advice, information, qualification opportunities and financial assistance. are not considered as social assistance, but as insurance-based funds) and have healthSozialministerium The Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection is responsible for the following fields: The health care system Initiatives for people with disabilities Consumer protection Public health and medical issues Care and support The rights of consumers and the protection of their health Senior citizens’ policy Social policy Social insurance insurance coverage. Unemployment benefit is also considered as means to support yourself since it is insurance-based funds rather than social assistance.

You can apply for the Art 50 EUV card until 31.12.2021, so it is possible to first of all find a job and then apply for the “Art 50 EUV” residency title. You are entitled to remain in Austria for the time until you make your application for the Art 50 EUV card.

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Does registration in Austria as a secondary residence or holiday home affect whether I can apply for residency?

The quality of your registration as principle or secondary residence (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. or 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. respectively), is not decisive, but your actual residency in Austria. If you spend most of your time in Austria each year (more than 6 months) and wish to continue to live here you will have to apply for an “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 by the end of 2021, or for an Austrian non-EU residence permit which is restrictive and difficult to get. If, you only visit say a couple of times of year (e.g. to spend a vacation in a holiday home) and don’t spend most of the year in Austria, then you are not covered by 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 will have to apply for a residency title under the Settlement and Residency Act (NAGNiederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz The Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (Residency and Settlement Act) is the Austrian law governing residency for foreign citizens in Austria.; Niederlassungs- und AufenthaltsgesetzNiederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz The Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (Residency and Settlement Act) is the Austrian law governing residency for foreign citizens in Austria.).

Further information about the various residency permits in Austria can be found at: https://www.migration.gv.at/en/welcome/?no_cache=1

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What will the “Art 50 EUV” residency title allow me to do? What will I be able to do in the future?

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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.” residency title authorises you to stay and work in Austria. It will allow you, for example to change from working as an employee in fixed employment to being self-employed or vice versa.

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Will the “Art 50 EUV” allow me to enter Schengen countries, and to return to Austria without any difficulty?

Yes, third country nationals who hold a residency permit issued by an Austrian authority that is competent for settlement and residence will be able to spend up 90 days within a 180 day period in the territory of other Schengen countriesSchengen Area The Schengen Area is European border control-free travel area, consisting of all EU Member States except for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein., while their residency permit is valid. You will be required to have a valid passport, and you will only be allowed to visit other countries for leisure/tourist purposes. Prior to commencing your journey to the destination country, please check what conditions apply if you are travelling for work.

When you 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 Treaty on European Union. The "Titel" refers to the document or card itself, and not the right, or permission that it confirms.” card, you will receive a confirmation that you have applied. This confirmation (carried with a valid passport will allow you to leave and (re)enter Austria again.

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