Long-term residence

Austria

Country Report: Long-term residence Last updated: 30/11/20

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Long-term resident status for third-country nationals is called “Daueraufenthalt EU”.

To obtain it, a beneficiary of international protection must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Lawful residence in Austria for the last 5 years preceding the application for international protection. Half of the period between the application for international protection and the awarding of the refugee status or subsidiary protection is counted for the five year period. When the duration of the asylum procedure, was longer than 18 months, the whole period is counted.[1]
  • Successful completion of “Module 2” of the so-called agreement on integration (“Integrationsvereinbarung”), entailing knowledge of German at B1 level.
  • General requirements for obtaining a residence permit, namely:
    • A regular income of €933 or more if the cost of rent is higher than €295 for a single person in 2019;
    • Sufficient health insurance;
    • Suitable accommodation; and
    • The person must not present a security risk.

There is no difference between refugee status and subsidiary protection status.

In practice the responsible authority is usually the district council (Bezirkshauptmannschaft). There are exceptions for some cities such as Vienna where the responsible authority is MA 35, whereas in Graz it is the Styrian Land government. The costs for the procedure amount to about €170.

1,193 beneficiaries of international protection obtained a long-term resident status in 2019, compared to 498 in 2018.[2] This sharp increase is likely to be the result of the focus of the BFA on withdrawal procedures of protection statuses. In cases where the international protection has been granted more than five years ago, a withdrawal procedure can only be started after a long-term residence status is granted by the responsible settlement authorities.


[1] Article 45(12) Residence Act.

[2] Ministry of Interior, Residence permit statistics, 2019, available in German at: https://bit.ly/2uH11q3.

 

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation