A50 Brits Residency

Registration in Austria: between now and the end of 2020

from fresh arrival to long-term resident in Austria.

These rules will apply for the duration 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., currently ending on the 31st December 2020.

As there is less than a month left, some of the current rules will have to be bent, but in some cases may be “corrected” next year.

You have just arrived in Austria:

  • You must register within 3 days at the local MeldeamtMeldeamt Births, marriages and deaths as well as the registration of your place of residence are done at the Meldeamt. It is often housed within the local council buildings. to get your 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.. This is vital, it shows when you arrived in Austria. You should register your address as 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. (main residence).
  • If you intend to stay longer than 3 months, you woulöd normally have to apply for 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). You get this from the local Ausländeramt, the police heaqdquartersd (Bezirkshauptmannschaft knowm as the BH), or in Vienna at your MA35Magistratsabteilung 35 Residency and citizenship issues in Vienna are handled by Magistratsabteilung 35 (MA35). It has several offices in Vienna and where you need to go depends on whether or not you are an EU citizen (you go to one or other of its EU Referat offices depending on the district you live in), or its premises for third country nationals.
  • You have been in Austria for more than 5 years you should apply for 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. Note: British Citizens could only apply for the Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts until the end of the transition period (31.12.2020) from your local Bezirkshauptmannschaft (all provinces except for Vienna) or from MA35 (Vienna).

Read More: Registration in Austria: What you need to do/get before the end of the implementation period, 31st December 2020.

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