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

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What you need to do/get before 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., 31st December 2020.

Currently we are still 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  . These rules will apply for the duration of the transition period until 31st December 2020.

If you only arrived in Austria in late 2020, please visit this page.

  1. 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.. Doing so will allow you to get at any time 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. (commonly still known incorrectly as 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. even by Austrians).  Everybody must do this, even Austrians. If you are staying in a hotel etc, they will do it for you. But when you move to a flat or house you must re-register. It is your duty to keep your address and personal details up to date on this register.
  2. If you intend to stay longer than 3 months, you MUST 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) , which gives you right to stay in the medium term.  (People who arrived before January 1st 2006 don’t need one as this was before the computerised system came into force, your Meldebestätigung with a date before 2006 will suffice)
  3. You have been in Austria for more than 5 years:
    • You MAY apply for a Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthaltes (commonly known as a Daueraufenthaltsbescheinigung, or sometimes, amongst us Brits, simply as the “DauerBescheinigung 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)”). Get this from your local Bezirkshauptmannschaft (Police HQ). You *WILL NEED* to have the Anmeldebescheinigung issued in point 1.a if you arrived after January 1st 2006 (If you haven’t got an Anmeldebescheinigung, they will still issue you with 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), but you may be fined up to around €130 but normally around €70. That will then be the end of the matter, you won’t get a black mark or criminal record or anything, don’t worry).

It is strongly recommended by the embassy and the Austrian Ministry of the InteriorBMI The Bundesministerium für Inneres (BMI) - Austria's Ministry for the Interior - is the competent ministry for issues related to residency and citizenship. (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.) that you get all documents before 31st December 2020 to prove you had the right to residence before the end of the transition period.

NOTE: The Bescheinigung des Daueraufenthalts and the Anmeldebescheinigung become officially invalid, but not useless after 31st December 2020, but they will help smooth the application for the new residence permits later.

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