When is a residence permit required?

Purpose of residence

Depending on the purpose of temporary residence in Austria, various residence permits may be applied for:

A residence permit – artist for residence in Austria in order to exercise an artistic activity. For family members of persons holding a residence permit – artist, a residence permit for the purpose of “family unit “ may be applied for. Spouses and registered partners who have completed 21 years of age at the time of application, as well as unmarried minors (including adopted children and step children) qualify as family members.

Other purposes or groups of persons for whom residence permits are issued include, i.a., special cases of employed gainful work, self-employed persons, pupils, students and researchers. For more information on these residence purposes see here.


Residence permits are always linked to a specific purpose. Depending on the purpose for which a person wishes to stay in Austria for a temporary period of more than 6 months, different residence titles must be applied for.

Applications which suggest different purposes of residence, as well as the simultaneous filing of several applications, or the filing of a new application during pending application proceedings, are inadmissible and will be rejected.

A residence purpose may be changed, provided that the criteria for a new purpose of residence are met.

Term of validity

Fixed-term residence titles, including the residence permit – artist, are generally issued for 12 months.

If a residence title is applied for for a shorter period, it will be issued only for the period applied. If the passport expires within less than one year, the residence title is issued only for the remaining validity of the passport.

It is not possible to apply for a residence title of more than one year in the form of a residence permit. Residence permits may, however, be extended (see Can a residence permit-artist be extended?)

The validity of the residence title commences on the date of issue.

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