AUSTRIA: CITIZENSHIP

AUSTRIA: MISSION

Austria has one of the most valuable passports and citizenships in the world. Once you obtain it, you and your family can freely travel, reside, study and work all around the Europe Schengen zone, with freedom of movement as long as you keep your identity. There will also be no need to apply for a visa in advance in nearly all cases of your international travel, as the passport grants you visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel in 185 countries and regions around the world. That is why there are so many people who have consulted us at Inimex for potential methods and procedures to become an Austrian citizen. We have provided this page as a response to those who wish to know a little more about the citizenship requirements, process and necessary documents.

There are two major ways to acquire citizenship, and the first one is by descent or birth. If a baby is born with at least one Austrian parent, and they are properly married, the baby obtains citizenship. And for most of the other people, the method of acquisition is via naturalization. The general rule is 10 years of legal residence, and 5 years of residence if the spouse is Austrian. There is another method to obtain citizenship directly via investment, but it will be detailed in the requirement section.

Inimex should be your first choice when it comes to becoming a citizen in Austria. Our local team includes government-approved translators, professional immigration lawyers, and local agents who are ready to deal with issues as large as accompanying you to apply for citizenship, or as trivial as replacing a worn-down heater in the bedroom. We are not only your immigration consultancy, but also your repairmen, and your best friend. Our team works tirelessly to ensure you have a seamless path to citizenship in the shining jewel of central Europe: Austria. So contact us today for a consultation, scheduled at any time via any of your preferred online platform, just for you! Our Austria office eagerly awaits.

Skype: linimex

Telephone/WhatsApp/Viber: +377 607 933 859

AUSTRIA: REQUIREMENTS

There are different ways to acquire Austrian citizenship, and thus there are many different requirements for each method of acquisition. However, the general requirement is that you need to be able to provide a completely clean personal background, so there should be no criminal history at all. Additionally, you may have to prove your German language skills and ties to the country, except the direct investment case. Additionally, Austria does not allow dual citizenship, so you have to renounce your original citizenship after becoming an Austrian. The first path is by descent, which requires:

  • You have an Austrian parent at your birth;
  • Your parents were married when you were born;
  • If you parents are not married and your mother was not the Austrian parent, then you only obtain your mother’s citizenship.

For most others, the path to Austrian citizenship is via naturalization, which can be either via marriage or via standard residence. Naturalization requirements are:

  • If you are married to an Austrian citizen, you need to reside in Austria with your spouse for 5 years;
  • If you are legally a resident in Austria, regardless of which method you acquired residence, you need to reside in Austria continuously for 10 years in order to qualify.

Another special way of naturalization is obtaining it if you are a professor of an international importance, and have taken up a position in an Austrian university. If you vow to stay in Austria in the long term, you may obtain citizenship via naturalization.

The last method is an exclusive one designed for persons who can contribute greatly to Austrian economy and willing to invest a significant amount, usually averaging 10 million euros. It is called citizenship by capital contribution. Not only is there an investment bar to clear, but you also need to demonstrate significant abilities to bring creative business practices, innovation, or technology, into areas where the Austrian government deems worthy. Sometimes, you also need to form significant collaboration with local businesses or create a substantial amount of new jobs. It varies wildly on a case-by-case basis and we recommend you contact us even during your initial investigation phase to properly analyze the situation. This form of citizenship acquisition is not subject to many restrictions listed above: no need to renounce your original citizenship because your position in the country is kept as an internal government secret so it will not be announced; no need to stay in Austria before application; and no waiting period.

AUSTRIA: DOCUMENTS

Since there are drastically different requirements for citizenship by descent or contribution, we are only going to focus on the bulk of our applicants who apply through naturalization, so if you are seeking advice on the other two methods, we recommend you contact our office for a private consultation. For naturalization, you are required to provide the following documents to the Austrian authorities when you apply for the citizenship:

  • Your criminal record, issued by the police stations from all places you have lived since adulthood for more than 1 year;
  • Proof of residence, such as your residence card, and status for the required years;
  • If you are applying via marriage, the marriage certificate, and proof of cohabitation;
  • Identity documents, such as birth certificates, passport, etc.;
  • Financial documents proving sufficient income to maintain a healthy status in Austria, such as pay slips, employment contracts, rental agreements or pensions;
  • Colored passport photos;
  • Application forms.

All documents which are not in German should be properly translated by a reliable interpreter, and every document should be legalized base on international laws, all of which Inimex can assist you.

AUSTRIA: PROCESS

The process for citizenship by contribution is extremely complicated and difficult as it requires a complete background check and approval in nearly all levels of government, in over a dozen departments all around the country. Without liaison assisting you in these matters, it would be nearly impossible, so we recommend you to consult us for a customized approach.

For those acquiring citizenship by naturalization, we usually would go through the following process:

  1. Once all initial consultation and decision are complete, we move on to gathering documents;
  2. All documents are prepared, our German translators approved by the Austrian government completes all translations into proper German, and our notary team gets everything legalized;
  3. The documents are now submitted as a package to the ministry responsible;
  4. The reviewing process may take months, and the government officials may demand an interview in German to test your language abilities and ask you about your ties to the country;
  5. Once approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony;
  6. On the ceremony, you swear fealty to Austria, and obtain the citizenship certificate;
  7. With the certificate, you may apply for an Austrian passport.

AUSTRIA: OTHER INFORMATION

Some other information regarding the application process and requirements for Austrian citizenship that we want to shed some light is provided here:

  • Your family members such as spouse and children under the age of 18 can be a part of your application to be reviewed jointly, and obtain citizenship with you at the ceremony;
  • If you are a future Austrian professor who wishes to join the nationality, please contact us for the details of your program.

AUSTRIA: MISSION

Austria has one of the most valuable passports and citizenships in the world. Once you obtain it, you and your family can freely travel, reside, study and work all around the Europe Schengen zone, with freedom of movement as long as you keep your identity. There will also be no need to apply for a visa in advance in nearly all cases of your international travel, as the passport grants you visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel in 185 countries and regions around the world. That is why there are so many people who have consulted us at Inimex for potential methods and procedures to become an Austrian citizen. We have provided this page as a response to those who wish to know a little more about the citizenship requirements, process and necessary documents.

There are two major ways to acquire citizenship, and the first one is by descent or birth. If a baby is born with at least one Austrian parent, and they are properly married, the baby obtains citizenship. And for most of the other people, the method of acquisition is via naturalization. The general rule is 10 years of legal residence, and 5 years of residence if the spouse is Austrian. There is another method to obtain citizenship directly via investment, but it will be detailed in the requirement section.

Inimex should be your first choice when it comes to becoming a citizen in Austria. Our local team includes government-approved translators, professional immigration lawyers, and local agents who are ready to deal with issues as large as accompanying you to apply for citizenship, or as trivial as replacing a worn-down heater in the bedroom. We are not only your immigration consultancy, but also your repairmen, and your best friend. Our team work tirelessly to ensure you have a seamless path to citizenship in the shining jewel of central Europe: Austria. So contact us today for a consultation, scheduled at any time via any of your preferred online platform, just for you! Our Austria office eagerly awaits.

Skype: linimex

Telephone/WhatsApp/Viber: +377 607 933 859

AUSTRIA: REQUIREMENTS

There are different ways to acquire Austrian citizenship, and thus there are many different requirements for each method of acquisition. However, the general requirement is that you need to be able to provide a completely clean personal background, so there should be no criminal history at all. Additionally, you may have to prove your German language skills and ties to the country, except the direct investment case. Additionally, Austria does not allow dual citizenship, so you have to renounce your original citizenship after becoming an Austrian. The first path is by descent, which requires:

  • You have an Austrian parent at your birth;
  • Your parents were married when you were born;
  • If you parents are not married and your mother was not the Austrian parent, then you only obtain your mother’s citizenship.

For most others, the path to Austrian citizenship is via naturalization, which can be either via marriage or via standard residence. Naturalization requirements are:

  • If you are married to an Austrian citizen, you need to reside in Austria with your spouse for 5 years;
  • If you are legally a resident in Austria, regardless of which method you acquired residence, you need to reside in Austria continuously for 10 years in order to qualify.

Another special way of naturalization is obtaining it if you are a professor of an international importance, and have taken up a position in an Austrian university. If you vow to stay in Austria in the long term, you may obtain citizenship via naturalization.

The last method is an exclusive one designed for persons who can contribute greatly to Austrian economy and willing to invest a significant amount, usually averaging 10 million euros. It is called citizenship by capital contribution. Not only is there an investment bar to clear, but you also need to demonstrate significant abilities to bring creative business practices, innovation, or technology, into areas where the Austrian government deems worthy. Sometimes, you also need to form significant collaboration with local businesses or create a substantial amount of new jobs. It varies wildly on a case-by-case basis and we recommend you contact us even during your initial investigation phase to properly analyze the situation. This form of citizenship acquisition is not subject to many restrictions listed above: no need to renounce your original citizenship because your position in the country is kept as an internal government secret so it will not be announced; no need to stay in Austria before application; and no waiting period.

AUSTRIA: DOCUMENTS

Since there are drastically different requirements for citizenship by descent or contribution, we are only going to focus on the bulk of our applicants who apply through naturalization, so if you are seeking advice on the other two methods, we recommend you contact our office for a private consultation. For naturalization, you are required to provide the following documents to the Austrian authorities when you apply for the citizenship:

  • Your criminal record, issued by the police stations from all places you have lived since adulthood for more than 1 year;
  • Proof of residence, such as your residence card, and status for the required years;
  • If you are applying via marriage, the marriage certificate, and proof of cohabitation;
  • Identity documents, such as birth certificates, passport, etc.;
  • Financial documents proving sufficient income to maintain a healthy status in Austria, such as pay slips, employment contracts, rental agreements or pensions;
  • Colored passport photos;
  • Application forms.

All documents which are not in German should be properly translated by a reliable interpreter, and every document should be legalized base on international laws, all of which Inimex can assist you.

AUSTRIA: PROCESS

The process for citizenship by contribution is extremely complicated and difficult as it requires a complete background check and approval in nearly all levels of government, in over a dozen departments all around the country. Without liaison assisting you in these matters, it would be nearly impossible, so we recommend you to consult us for a customized approach.

For those acquiring citizenship by naturalization, we usually would go through the following process:

  1. Once all initial consultation and decision are complete, we move on to gathering documents;
  2. All documents are prepared, our German translators approved by the Austrian government completes all translations into proper German, and our notary team gets everything legalized;
  3. The documents are now submitted as a package to the ministry responsible;
  4. The reviewing process may take months, and the government officials may demand an interview in German to test your language abilities and ask you about your ties to the country;
  5. Once approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony;
  6. On the ceremony, you swear fealty to Austria, and obtain the citizenship certificate;
  7. With the certificate, you may apply for an Austrian passport.

AUSTRIA: OTHER INFORMATION

Some other information regarding the application process and requirements for Austrian citizenship that we want to shed some light is provided here:

  • Your family members such as spouse and children under the age of 18 can be a part of your application to be reviewed jointly, and obtain citizenship with you at the ceremony;
  • If you are a future Austrian professor who wishes to join the nationality, please contact us for the details of your program.