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.
- 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 €1,030 or more if the cost of rent is higher than € 309,93 for a single person since 1 January 2022;
- 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 and subsidiary protection obtained a long-term resident status in 2022, compared to 1,097 in 2020, 498 in 2018 and 1,193 in 2019. This sharp increase since 2018 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.
 Article 45(12) Residence Act.