Entry and residence in Austria
The documents required to enter Austria and remain here legally depend on your nationality, the purpose and the duration of your planned stay. Consult the Austrian Embassy or Consulate in your home country prior to your departure.
EU/EEA citizens do not require any special permit to enter and reside in Austria for up to three months. If citizens from the countries above stay in Austria for more than 3 months, they have get a document called “Certificate of Registration” (Anmeldebescheinigung).
This is in addition to the “Residence Registration” (Meldezettel)! If a citizen of EU, EWR or Switzerland lives in Austria for more than 3 months without applying for the “Anmeldebescheinigung” the authorities can charge a penalty fee of 200 Euro.
EU/EEA and Swiss citizens basically enjoy the same rights as Austrians, except where legislation governing the employment of foreign nationals provides otherwise.
Even for a short stay in Austria, third-country nationals need a visa. All types of visas can only be issued by Austrian representation authorities abroad. Domestic authorities can never issue visas.
Travel or limited stay visas for tourists or for visiting relatives do not entitle the visitors to take up work. Third country citizens who are caught in illegal employment have to expect immediate deportation and a residence ban lasting up to ten years.
Third-country nationals who are staying or want to stay in Austria for more than six months require a residence permit (unless they have a right of residence according to Union law).