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.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, British nationals living in Austria would lose their right of residence under EU law. In this scenario, a special legal regulation will enable British nationals and their third-country family members in Austria, to obtain a residence permit under the Settlement and Residence Act (Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz) with free access to the labour market under simplified conditions.
British nationals who have been resident in Austria under EU law for less than 5 years will be able to apply for a 'Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus' residence permit. Examination of the application will essentially be restricted to checking whether the applicant poses a risk to public order and security. Applicants shall not have to provide evidence of German language skills when applying for 'Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus' residence permit. For the issuing of the residence permit the applicant will be charged an administrative fee of 160 euro (145 euro for children up to 6 years). Possible costs for the attestation or translation of documents are not included.
Moreover, it is possible for British citizens to apply for any other residence permit for which they meet the requirements.
British nationals and their third-country family members who have been legally resident in Austria for over 5 years will be able to apply for permanent residence permit ('Daueraufenthalt – EU'). Applicants will need to provide proof that they have been legally resident for at least 5 years and will have to meet the general requirements for the granting of a residence permit under the Settlement and Residence Act. These include providing evidence of adequate accommodation, comprehensive health insurance and sufficient financial resources, as well as verification that the applicant poses no risk to public order and security. Applicants who apply for the residence permit “Daueraufenthalt-EU” within 6 months following a no-deal Brexit will not have to provide evidence of German language skills. However, applicants applying for the residence permit "Daueraufenthalt-EU" after that 6-month period will need to demonstrate that they fulfil Module 2 of the Integration agreement, i.e. German language ability up to B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and advanced knowledge of the fundamental values of the legal and social system of Austria. For the issuing of the residence permit "Daueraufenthalt – EU" the applicant will be charged an administrative fee of 210 euro (195 euro for children up to 6 years). Possible costs for the attestation or translation of documents are not included.
British nationals must apply for a residence permit within 6 months of the UK (United Kingdom) leaving the EU, but will continue to be legally resident until a decision has been made on their application. Confirmation that an application has been submitted and that the applicant continues to be legally resident can be issued upon request. If there is the foreseeable need to travel between the application and the issuance of the residence permit, such a conformation should be requested. This conformation will evidence the right to travel to Austria/to reenter Austria (also via another Schengen country). See also the point "Travelling".
I am a British citizen. Can I continue to work in Austria?
UK nationals would lose their unrestricted access to the Austrian labour market when the UK leaves the European Union. A legislative amendment is designed to ensure that British citizens who are or have been employed in Austria continue to have unrestricted access to the labour market after Brexit until they have obtained a residence permit under the Settlement and Residence Act. They must apply for a residence permit within 6 months of the UK leaving the EU.
More detailed information for British citizens in Austria on
- Residence rights (provided by the Austrian ministry of the Interior) (PDF, 896 KB)
- Video presentation on residence rights
For holders of a legitimation card ('Legitimationskarte')
Do I, as a holder of a legitimation card, need to apply for an additional residence permit in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
It is not necessary for holders of Legitimationskarten to acquire any additional residence permit (such as "Anmeldebescheinigung" or other) prior to a no-deal Brexit.
After a no deal Brexit, it is not possible to simultaneously hold a legitimation card and to acquire the residence permits included in the 'Brexit Accompanying Law / Brexit Begleitgesetz'(the 'Rot-Weiss-Rot Karte Plus' and 'Daueraufenthalt-EU', which can be obtained by those in scope via a simplified route).
Family members of a legitimation card holder could however apply for either one of those residence permits during the six-month period following a no-deal Brexit if they would prefer to live in Austria under the terms of one of those residence statuses, rather than under those of a legitimation card holder. However, those individuals would have to surrender their legitimation card as a consequence.
Persons that are entitled to a Legitimationskarte can reapply for a Legitimationskarte after acquiring a residence permit, although privileges and immunities would be restricted. Family members of a person holding a residence permit cannot apply for a Legitimationskarte.
I am a British citizen. What will happen if I change employment and consequently lose my legitimation card in the future after the 6-month transition period following a no-deal Brexit?
In that case, no special rules would apply. The simplified obtainment of the above mentioned residence permits included in the ‘Brexit Begleitgesetz’ are subject to application within 6 months of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU without a deal. In any case, a regular application for a residence permit for third country nationals can be made within 6 months of the loss of the ‘Legitimationskarte’. Further details of which options would be open to someone in that circumstance are available on the website migration.gv.at.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the word 'Legitimationskarten' in the subject line. Those questions will be passed onto the responsible Austrian authority who will answer them directly.