10 common Q&A for Austria Student Visa

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Customers frequently contact us for assistance in getting an Austrian residency permit for students ("student visa"). We've compiled a list of 10 frequently asked questions and answers concerning Austrian residence permits for students/student visas.

10 common QA for Austria Student Visa

 

Customers frequently contact us for assistance in getting an Austrian residency permit for students ("student visa"). We've compiled a list of 10 frequently asked questions and answers concerning Austrian residence permits for students/student visas.

  1. What is a student residence permit?

Third-country students (persons who are not EU citizens or other EEA citizens or Swiss citizens) can apply for a residence permit if they wish to stay in Austria for more than 6 months to follow a program of studies.

  1. Who is eligible to apply for a student residence permit?

You should know that there are general prerequisites for the granting of any residence permit. However, there are also specific conditions for the granting of a student residence permit (see below in point 3).

The general requirements are:

Sufficient financial means

Health insurance

Accommodation

Must not constitute a threat to public order or security

  1. What specific conditions, therefore, remain to be fulfilled?

Confirmation of admission and enrollment in a university of the higher learning institute in Austria (for the initial application) Study in Austria

Extract from the criminal record (for initial requests)

Study success test (for follow-up applications)

Credit check (for follow-up of requests)

  1. For what period are student visas issued?

Student visas are issued normally for one year, but for students participating in an EU project or attending a higher education institution covered by an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, licenses can be issued for 2 years.

  1. What financial means must be proven to be entitled to a student visa (in 2021)?

Those under 24 must justify and prove that they have access to at least € 552.53 per month. People over 24 must credit at least € 1,000.48 per month. A married couple must have access to at least EUR 1,580.00 per month. An additional amount of approx. Monthly. 150.00 EUR is required for each child in the family. Rental costs, health insurance, food, and small purchases should be added to the amounts indicated above.

  1. Is it possible that third parties, eg. Ex: parents, act as guarantors?

It is also possible for a third party to declare that this person will be the guarantor of the financial needs of the applicant. In this case, proof of income and a statement of the monthly expenses of the guarantor must be presented.

  1. What additional documents are needed to apply for a student permit?

Official German language residence permit application form

Valid travel document (for example, passport)

Current biometric identity photo: The photo must not be older than 6 months when the residence permit is issued.

Birth certificate or another equivalent document

In addition (if applicable):

Marriage certificate

Certificate of association

Divorce certificate

Deed of dissolution of the registered company

Adoption certificate

Document of proof of relationship

Proof of accommodation costs.

  1. Who is the proper authority to submit a student visa application to?

The request can be made at the respective embassy or consulate abroad. If your nationality allows you to enter Austria under the “visa on arrival” regime, you can also apply to the Austrian local authorities. Study in Austria

  1. Can someone else submit the request for me?

The application must be presented in person upon first acceptance and before entering Austria from abroad to the Austrian consulate or embassy or (if possible) to the competent local authority in Austria.

  1. Can Law and Beyond help me get a student visa?

Sure. We will be happy to help you in this matter. Contact us to schedule a consultation call.

Public Service Announcement: If you are in Austria on a Schengen visa, the mere fact that you submit your student visa application before your Schengen visa expires will not allow you to stay in Austria indefinitely. If your student visa application is still being processed while your Schengen visa is about to expire and you are still in Austria: you could be in serious trouble. Therefore, you may have to leave Austria before your Schengen visa expires. You should consider waiting for the decision of the authority outside the Schengen area if your visa time is almost up. People who break this rule may have their application refused and penalties imposed for staying longer than their visa! Contact us in time for advice.

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