Visa and residency permit applications may be processed only by Austrian immigration authorities (MA 35).
Webster Vienna Private University is not allowed to give legal advice, apply on behalf of or represent students in the visa / residence permit application process. The outcome of the application process is the decision of the Austrian immigration authorities alone.
Webster Vienna Private University cannot cover consultation fees with legal professionals or the application process. However, WVPU is able to provide recommendations for professional legal assistance. For all inquiries on legal assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +43 1 269 9293 4355.
Alternatively, prospective students can directly contact the Austrian Student Union or OeH or if possible, come during office hours to the Office of Foreign Students. This consultation is free of charge to students who will attend or are currently attending universities in Austria. You can find their office hours, languages spoken, and contact details on this webpage.
Step 1: Find Out If You Are Permitted to Enter Austria Without A Visa or Check Your Visa-Free Period.
- Non-EU / non-EEA Citizens: Check this list from the OeAD to determine if you can legally enter Austria without a visa. If your country of citizenship is not on the list, you can only submit a student residence permit application in your home country.
- Recommended: third-country nationals with visa-free entry should still apply for an Austrian student residence permit in their home country. Any delay in the application processing in Austria may force you to leave the country at the end of your visa-free stay, which will interrupt your studies.
- Citizens of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) do not need a student residence permit but must still apply for a Confirmation of Registration or “Anmeldebescheinigung” within four (4) months of their arrival in Austria. Please visit this Vienna city government webpage for details.
Important: Please make sure you know exactly how many days are left in your visa-free stay or on your Schengen short-stay visa. Those who overstay may find it hard to receive a visa or residence permit in the future. Use this online calculator to determine the number of remaining days allowed in the Schengen territories.
Step 2: Make an Appointment and Apply in Person at Your Austrian Embassy or the MA 35 Office.
You can find the address of Austrian embassies in each country or region on this webpage.
For those who wish to apply at the immigration office in Vienna, please see the address and office hours of the MA35 central office in Vienna on this webpage: Magistratsabteilung (MA) 35 Wien
Step 3: Prepare the Following Documents Required for the Austrian Residence Permit Application.
Please always refer to this government webpage for the most up-to-date information.
- Application form for a student residence permit in German ("Antrag auf Erteilung einer Aufenthaltsbewilligung — Student")
- Valid travel document (e. g. passport) — ideally should be valid for at least the next one and a half years upon application
- Current biometric passport photo — the photo can be no more than six months old when the residence permit is granted
- *Birth certificate or other equivalent document — with Apostille or diplomatic certification
- Legal proof of adequate accommodation: e.g. proof of ownership, lease or rental agreement
- Document showing the monthly rent and/or running costs of the accommodation (shown on rental contract)
- Proof of health insurance valid in Austria and covering all risks — if you already reside in Vienna, you can get public health insurance through the state (student self-insurance from the ÖGK) or sign up for private health insurance options recognized by the MA35 immigration authorities — these private options are offered by external insurance agencies like FeelSafe
- Proof of sufficient means of subsistence in Austria (e.g. scholarship, bank deposits, bank account statements, proof of regular payments made to a bank account fully accessible from Austria). Prescribed minimum amounts (excluding accommodation costs and tuition fees): persons under 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of EUR 552.53 (one year: EUR 6630.36); persons over 24 years of age must prove a monthly income of at least EUR 1000.48 (one year: EUR 12005.76).
- Proof of source of funds (for example: certificate of employment with salary information, pay slips, loan confirmation from a bank, financial aid or scholarship confirmation). If your parents or relatives are funding your studies, please submit their employment documents with salary information.
- For first-time applications, in addition to the above, please submit:
10.2 Notice of admission by the university or other institution of higher education ("Aufnahmebestätigung" or "Zulassungsbescheid") — this is the acceptance letter from the admissions officer
- For extensions or renewals:
11.1 Proof of academic success ("Studienerfolgsnachweis") during the previous academic year
11.2 Current extract from the files of an officially recognized credit reference agency such as the Kreditschutzverband - KSV 1870 Information GmbH (order here)
- Only if applicable Declaration of Liability ("Haftungserklärung") accompanied by an income statement and statement of monthly expenditures of the person vouching for the applicant
- Only if applicable: *Marriage certificate; *Civil partnership certificate; *Divorce certificate; *Certificate of dissolution of a civil partnership; *Adoption certificate; and *Documents proving family relationships
*These documents must be certified by diplomatic certification or Apostille. In some cases, additional documents may be required.
** Documents issued in a language other than German must be filed together with a official German translations (issued by a certified court translator).
- Basic fee: EUR 120
- Further costs arise for civil status documents issued abroad. Depending on the type of document, this fee may be EUR 3.90, EUR 7.20 or EUR 14.30.
You will receive the residence permit after payment of the fee. You may pay these fees in cash or electronically by credit or debit card.
- Online form: Aufenthaltsbewilligung — Antrag (German); click here for the explanation in English
- Online form: Accommodation Agreement or Wohnrechtsvereinbarung (German only)
- Form to print and fill in: Wohnrechtsvereinbarung (German only)
- Declaration of liability Haftungserklärung
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