Family members are spouses, registered partners, and unmarried minors including adoptive and step children.
Spouses and registered partners must be 21 years of age or older when applying.
To obtain a residence title as a family member, you must meet the specific conditions of the title and prove that you meet the general conditions for residence titles in Austria, in particular:
- adequate accommodation corresponding to Austrian standards;
- full medical insurance;
- adequate means of subsistence.
The titles that can be obtained by family members are:
Red-White-Red – Card plus (Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus), if you are a family member of a
- holder of a Red-White-Red – Card (Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte), a Red-White-Red – Card plus (Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus) or a EU Blue Card (Blaue Karte EU);
- third-country national with a long-term residence title.
If your family member in Austria holds a temporary residence permit (Aufenthaltsbewilligung), you may also be entitled to family reunification.
Where and how to apply
You must, in general, apply for your residence title and visa in your home country before entering Austria. You must submit your application to the competent representation authority in your country and wait for the decision.
All applications must be submitted in person.
Your documents must prove that you meet the specific and general conditions for the residence title.
Applicants for a residence title Red-White-Red – Card plus (Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte plus must prove knowledge of the German language at A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages prior to entry.
Module 2 (B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and advanced knowledge of the fundamental values of the legal and social systems) is not mandatory, but is required for obtaining a long-term residence title, as well as for obtaining citizenship.
Duration of validity of permits
Permits are basically granted for one year.
Applications submitted from outside Austria can be refused by the competent Austrian representation authority abroad for formal reasons.
You can appeal against decisions of the representation authority at the Federal Administrative Court.
Decisions of the regional Public Employment Service can be appealed before the Federal Administrative Court.
Individuals holding a Red-White-Red Card Plus or a residence title “family member” are permitted to pursue gainful employment on a self-employed basis and require no work permit to be dependently employed.
Change of status
Changing the status/the residence title may be possible if you meet the requirements of the new residence title.
To obtain long-term residence title you must prove settlement in Austria for the past five years and must fulfil Module 2 of the Integration Agreement.
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