Immigration to Austria.
Residence permit, permanent residence and Austrian citizenship

Since 1992 Feod Group has been providing full legal support for moving to Austria:

Immigration services:
✔ Obtaining a long-term visa to Austria
✔ Obtaining a residence permit, permanent residence, Austrian citizenship
✔ Obtaining a long-term student visa
✔ Representation of the client’s interests at the immigration authorities of Austria
✔ Professional assistance after refusal of a visa to Austria
Legal and business services:
✔ Registration of a company in Austria
✔ Opening a bank account in Austria
✔ Rent and purchase of real estate in all regions of Austria
✔ Buying a ready-made business in Austria
✔ Confirmation of the source of funds


The company consists of Austrian lawyers.


Obtaining a residence permit and immigration to Austria:

Residence permit for financially independent foreigners


The category “Financially independent foreigners” is intended for those who do not want to make large investments, who would like to reside without necessity of work and free movement throughout Europe.

This residence permit does not provide for the opportunity to study or work in Austria. Therefore, a prerequisite is the availability of sufficient savings and personal independent income.

Settlement Permit – Gainful Employment Excepted



    Business immigration to Austria


    Conditions for obtaining a residence permit in Austria through starting a business

    1. Relevance of the applicant’s business project for the Austrian economy:

    2. Availability of sufficient sources of business financing:

    3. Qualifications of the applicant, allowing to implement the business idea:

    4. Availability of sufficient financial resources of the applicant for the period of stay in Austria:

    5. Confirmation of the legality of the source of origin of funds.

    6. Confirmation of the applicant’s integrity:

    We accompany all our clients who would like to register or purchase a business in Austria, and at the same time provide a full range of services for obtaining immigration status for the entire family of the client.



      Work immigration to Austria


      Austrian immigration law provides several opportunities for highly qualified professionals from other countries.

      1. Red-White-Red Card

      Red-White-Red Card is both a residence permit and a work permit for highly qualified specialists.
      This residence permit is issued for 12 months. Such a permit gives its holder the right to reside in Austria with the right to work for a specific employer.

      The Red-White-Red Card of Austria can be obtained by:

      2. Red-White-Red plus Card

      Red-White-Red Card plus provides its holder with the right to reside in the country with the right to work for any employer – free employment.

      This right of residence can be obtained by:

      3. Blue Card of the European Union (EU Blue Card)

      A foreigner may be eligible for residence on the basis of an EU Blue Card if he meets the general requirements of Austrian immigration law (excluding proof of housing and means of subsistence) and provides written confirmation of such compliance from the Public Employment Service (AMS).

      General requirements for immigration to Austria under the terms of the EU Blue Card program:

      We provide professional services for the preparation and support of documents for obtaining a work visa to Austria and other EU countries



        Family reunification


        In the context of the Permanent and Temporary Residence Act, family members eligible for family reunification in Austria include:

        Other dependent family members:

        The presence of Austrian lawyers in the company will make the process of family reunification easy and as comfortable as possible for you and your close relatives.


        Residence permit for study


        For students, it is possible to switch from a student visa “Student Stay Permit” to a Red-White-Red Card.
        Foreign students of Austrian universities can work during their studies, subject to obtaining a work permit.

        After successfully completing a study program in Austria, a diploma program (Diplomstudium) or at least starting from the second part of the Master’s program at an Austrian university, University of Applied Sciences or an accredited private university, the student, having received a special permit, can stay in Austria for the next 6 months in order to find employment.

        Answers to frequently asked questions about Austria
        Is it possible to move freely around Europe with a residence permit in Austria?

        Yes, obtaining an Austrian resident card grants its holder the right to visa-free entry and movement in all Schengen countries in Europe.

        How long can you stay in Schengen with a residence permit in Austria?

        A long-term visa or residence permit issued by a Schengen state allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen states while respecting the maximum duration of “90 days in any 180-day period”. As an Austrian citizen, you have the right to live and work in any EU and Schengen country.

        What are the taxes in Austria and the conditions for the onset of tax residency?

        Main taxes in Austria:

        • Corporate tax – 25%
        • VAT – 20%, reduced rate 10%
        • Dividends – 27.5%
        • Interest – 0%, 25%, 27.5%
        • Royalty – 20%
        • Property tax – 1% of the cost
        • Income tax:
          up to 11,000 euros – 0%
          from 11,000 to 25,000 euros – 36.5%
          from 25,000 to 60,000 euros – 43.21%
          over 60,000 euros – 50%

        Tax residents of Austria are individuals who live in Austria for more than 6 months a year and have a center of vital interests there. Austrian tax residents are required to declare income earned both in Austria and abroad.

        How to renew a residence permit in Austria?

        You can extend the Austrian residence permit on your own or with the help of our immigration lawyers, who will help you correctly collect an individual package of documents.

        It is necessary to carefully prepare for the submission of documents for the renewal of the resident card: the standard list of magistrate’s documents is not sufficient. You will need to confirm the payment of taxes, bank statements, certificates of absence of debts on tax and utility payments.

        The processing time for a new Austrian resident card differs with each magistrate.

        How to get Austrian citizenship?

        To obtain Austrian citizenship, you must have lived in the country for at least 10 years or 6 years if the applicant is married to an Austrian citizen.

        Also, an applicant for Austrian citizenship must have a good knowledge of the state language, as well as the culture, history and customs of the state. This requires passing a special exam (Citizenship Test).

        Austria does not allow dual citizenship.

        Article author

        Elena Georghiou Founder and Managing Director
        Elena Georghiou – Founder and Managing Director of Feod Group. Has two higher educations: the first at the Odessa State Polytechnic University, majoring in automation and computer engineering (1986) and second in the Moscow State Law Academy, majoring in law (1991). Has work experience in London i...
        Elena Georghiou – Founder and Managing Director of Feod Group. Has two higher educations: the first at the Odessa State Polytechnic University, majoring in automation and computer engineering (1986) and second in the Moscow State Law Academy, majoring in law (1991). Has work experience in London immigration law firms. Is a regular participant in seminars and trainings on immigration, corporate and private law of the European Union. Elena Georghiou has more than 25 years of legal experience and heads the specialized Residency and Citizenship practice across European countries, UK and USA advising HNWIs and their families on:
        • immigration planning;
        • consultations on obtaining alternative (second) citizenship;
        • Residency and Citizenship by Investment;
        • business immigration;
        • preparation of appeals, working with complex immigration cases.
        She advises individuals and corporate clients for wealth/business structuring and assets protection. Central to her Managerial role in the company she initiated and united high level lawyers and other top professionals around the word in order to provide Feod Group clients with bespoke level of legal and business services word wide, keeping the staff focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by each individual client. Speaks Russian, Ukrainian, English.
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        Why clients choose Feod Group

        Since 1992, Feod Group has been providing a wide range of legal, business and immigration services in Europe, the USA and other countries of the world.

        The company has accredited western lawyers, experts in various fields of law and jurisdictions of the world.

        Having offices in Europe and the USA, Feod Group provides rapid paperwork and maximum customer comfort.

        We provide our clients with related services, such as relocation and adaptation abroad, organizing family relocation abroad, enrollment of children in schools and many other services.

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