Features of residence permit in Austria
Obtaining a temporary residence permit is the first step towards immigrating to Austria. A residence permit in Austria is issued, as a rule, for a year.The residence permit must be renewed annually or every 3 years. After five years of residence in the country in the status of a residence permit, you can get permanent residence.
Obtaining a residence permit in Austria is not connected with the purchase of real estate, and in the first year after moving, housing will need to be rented: according to Austrian laws, a foreigner needs a residence permit status to buy a home.
The residence permit status obliges to live in Austria for at least 183 days and to know the German language at the A1 level, constantly improving it and raising the level of knowledge.The Austrian authorities strictly monitor the period of stay in the country, for violation they can refuse to extend the residence permit.A residence permit in Austria gives the right to travel around Europe without visas and live in the Schengen countries for up to 90 days in half a year.
Permanent residence and citizenship of Austria
Permanent residence - a permanent residence permit - in Austria differs from a residence permit in that it does not need to be renewed, it is valid indefinitely. Permanent residence can be obtained after five years of living in Austria in the status of a residence permit and confirmation of knowledge of the German language at level B2.
To obtain a permanent residence permit, a residence permit is suitable, which can be extended: for example, a residence permit for financially independent persons or a residence permit for entrepreneurs. The residence permit is renewed three times: twice for a year and once for three years.
After six or ten years of living in Austria, you can apply for citizenship. Austrian citizenship after six years of residence can be obtained by an applicant who has confirmed knowledge of the German language at level B2, and is also well integrated in the country. In addition, in order to obtain Austrian citizenship, you must officially renounce all your previous citizenships.