Visa D

Visa D are national visa, which entitle the holder of the visa to stay for a period from 91 days up to six months in Austria. They can be issued for single or multiple entry. Inter alia Visa D are issued in order to collect a residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) straight after arrival.

A (national) visa D, issued by Austria or another Schengen state, entitles the holder to move about freely in the territory of the other Schengen member states for up to 90 days per period of 180 days, given that he/she has a valid travel document and fulfils the entry requirements as laid down in Article 6(1)(a), (c) and (e) of the Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code). Above, the applicant must not appear in the national list of alerts of the Member State concerned.

If a person intends to stay more than six months in Austria, he/she needs to apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel). Please note that in Austria it is not possible to extend a Visa D.

Residence Permits
The Settlement and Residence Act (Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz, NAG) regulates the granting, denial and withdrawal of rights of residence to and from foreigners who are residing or wish to reside in Austria for more than 6 months, as well as the documentation of rights of residence under Community Law. Stays of up to six months follow the provisions of the EU Visa Code or the Aliens Police Act (Fremdenpolizeigesetz). Depending on the personal situation there are various options for a residence permit.
General information on residence permit (temporary limited stay), e.g.
  • Rotational employee
  • Seconded employee
  • Self-employed person
  • Artists
  • Special cases of gainful employment
  • Pupils
  • Students
  • Community service employees
  • Researcher
  • Family community

can be found on the website as well as on the migration platform.

Red-White-Red Card

With the Red-White-Red Card, Austria launched a new and flexible immigration system which enables long-term immigration for qualified professionals from third countries and their family members.

You can find important information on the Red-White-Red Card, all other requirements regarding work or establishment as well as information on living and working conditions in Austria on the migration platform of the Austrian Federal Government.

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