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Moving to Austria

Austria is a long-established cultural center of Europe. It is also famous for the beautiful Alps mountains that cross the country from east to west. Vienna is a rich heritage center, complete with extravagant architecture and many museums. There are many musical events throughout the country, especially between May through October. It is a well-developed nation with a high cost and standard of living and a stable government.


Work Permit

If you are from the EU, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, a work permit is unnecessary, but you must register your stay with local authorities within three days of arrival.

Outside of the EU, you must apply for a work permit. It really helps if you have knowledge and good command of the German language. Permits are issued individually, based on personal situation, future plans and some other factors. The foreign work permit scheme works in steps.

The initial permit is the Beschäftigungsbewilligung, or restricted work permit, which works for one year. It is meant for a specific job at a specific location. After a year, you can renew this permit or apply for the Arbeitserlaubnis, in which you can work in a specific district in Austria for two years. After five years of working and residing in Austria, you are then allowed to go for the Befreiungsschein, or unrestricted permit. You can work any job anywhere in Austria for five years. It is recommended that you line up a job from outside of Austria with a company before you start this process, as it requires much paperwork.

Click here for an article about the work permit process.

Click here for an idea of some job vacancies in Austria.

Student Visas:

To study in Austria, you may need to apply for a visa, depending on your nationality. If you plan to study there for over six months, you may have to apply for a residency permit, also depending on your nationality.

To apply for a student visa, you must submit the following documents:

  1. completed application forms
  2. valid passport
  3. fees
  4. two passport photographs
  5. proof of intention to return to home country

You may also be required to submit:

  1. letter of acceptance
  2. proof of funds
  3. proof of health insurance

Click here for information about Study Abroad in Austria.

Moving Pets:

Austria is known as a pet-loving nation. In order to move your pet to Austria, you must follow several procedures. Your pet must be microchipped, and be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Leptospirosis. Cats must be vaccinated against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. You must obtain a EU Health Certificate and International Health Certificate and have it signed by your veterinarian.

Click here for some relocation services.

Other Information:

Visit Moving 2 Austria for moving and relocation services.

Click here for information about the cost of living in Austria.

Click here for some helpful links to real estate in Austria.

Click here for information about business in Austria.


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