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Austria Visa Application Requirements

Austria Visa Application Requirements

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Austria, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.

Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Austria permanently, you will have to apply for a different Austria Schengen Visa, accordingly.

You can apply for the Austrian Schengen Visa since 1997 when Austria as an EU Member State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.

Stat: As per 2017, Austria has issued a total of 284,904 uniform Schengen visas from 304,556 applications received at Austrian Consulates around the world.

What documents are needed for an Austrian Schengen visa application?

The following documents are required for any short term Austrian visa application:

  1. Download the Austrian visa application form. Fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy.
  2. 2 photos must be attached. The photos should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. See photograph requirements & specifications.
  3. Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
  4. Travel health insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Austria and the entire Schengen area.
  5. A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Austria and itinerary
  6. Flight Itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Austria
  7. Hotel reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Austria. Find and Book Cheap Hotels in Austria!
  8. Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)
  9. Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Austria

If employed:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Leave permission from employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

If self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

If a student:

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If retired:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If applicable:

  • Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months

*Note: The signed application form must be accompanied the rest of the above-mentioned mandatory documents and handed personally at the appropriate embassy/consulate or its representative in your home country.

Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your Austrian Visa application.

Additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Austrian Visa Application:

Austrian Tourist/Visitor Visa additional requirements:

Austrian Schengen Visa for Business Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the Austrian company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
  • Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
  • Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.

Austrian Schengen Visa for Medical Purposes:

  • A local medical report
  • A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Austria, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
  • Payment receipt of medical fees

Austrian Schengen Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the above-mentioned authorities with details upon the nature of events or activities – purpose of visit , expense coverage
  • Names of the applicants (crew members)
  • Duration of stay
  • Travel itinerary

Austrian Schengen Visa for Members of Official Delegations:

  • The official invitation copy
  • Identity of applicant
  • Purpose of journey (negotiations, meetings, event by intergovernmental organizations, consultations)
  • Duration of stay
  • Place of accommodation 

Austrian Schengen Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:

  • An enrollment certificate allowing attendance of courses
  • Certificate of completion or courses attended
  • Financial sustenance 

Austrian Schengen Visa For The Wife/Husband of a Austrian citizen:

  • Proof of Austrian citizenship (ID card or consular card or certification of Austrian nationality or naturalization order)
  • Austrian marriage certificate
  • Austrian family record book

Austrian Airport Transit Visa:

  • Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
  • Copy of your valid visa for your final destination 

Austrian Schengen Visa for Under-Age Children:

  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
  • If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent

*Note: When applying at the Austrian embassy/consulate in home country, the guardian or parent should accompany their under-age children.

Can I extend my Schengen visa in Austria?

Yes, you can extend your Austrian Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in Austria.

Please read How to Extend a Schengen Visa to understand in what circumstances and what are the conditions you must fulfill in order to be eligible to Extend your Austrian Schengen Visa.

Attention! Please consult the Austrian Embassy in your country for the updated Austria Visa requirements!

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