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Residency and access to the labour market

I am a British citizen. Can I continue to live in Austria?

In the event of an orderly Brexit, the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom regulates, among other things, the further right of residence of British nationals residing in Austria and their family members in the chapter on civil rights. Until the end of the transition period (December 31, 2020), the EU legal framework remains applicable to the United Kingdom. Therefore, there will be no changes to the right of residence for British nationals and their family members until the end of the transition phase. This means that they can continue to live, work and study in Austria and switch between these residence statuses. As previously, UK citizens moving to Austria must apply for a registration certificate with the authority responsible under the Settlement and Residence Act within 4 months after their arrival in Austria. A switch to a certificate of permanent residence will continue to be possible. Third-country national family members need a residence card and can obtain a permanent residence card – as before Brexit.

After the end of the transition period, it will be necessary to apply for documentation of further residence rights on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement. In any case, the application will be possible up to 6 months after the end of the transition phase (i.e. at least until the end of June 2021). This application will also have to be submitted to the authority responsible under the Settlement and Residence Act. This is the state governor (Landeshauptmann), the magistrate (Bürgermeister - Magistrat) or the district government (Bezirkshauptmann).

Further information will be published on this homepage as soon as possible.

I am a British citizen. Can I continue to work in Austria?

UK nationals continue to enjoy unrestricted access to the Austrian labour market in accordance with the EU legal framework until the end of the transition period of the Withdrawal Agreement (31 December 2020).

After the end of the transition period, UK nationals who have exercised their right to reside or to work as frontier worker in Austria in accordance with the EU legal framework before the end of the transition period and continue to do so there thereafter, will enjoy unrestricted access to the Austrian labour market on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Whether UK nationals, who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement according to the previous paragraph, will have access to the Austrian labour market will be subject to negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, which are expected to start in spring 2020.

For holders of a legitimation card ('Legitimationskarte')

Until 31 December 2020 no changes to the current system apply.

Do I, as a holder of a legitimation card, need to apply for an additional residence permit?

Until 31 December 2020 no changes to the current system apply.

I am a British citizen. What will happen if I change employment and consequently lose my legitimation card after Brexit?

Until 31 December 2020 no changes to the current system apply.

Further questions regarding legitimation cards

The British Embassy in Vienna is in close contact with the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Please direct further inquiries via email to vienna.embassy@fco.gov.uk with the word 'Legitimationskarten' in the subject line. Those questions will be passed onto the responsible Austrian authority who will answer them directly.