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Austria has a history of being fairly strict on immigration. The Central European country insists that -- unlike the United States -- it is not a traditional country of immigration.

That being said, Austria still has a large foreign population. The 2001 census in Austria showed more than 9.1 percent of the population were foreign residents, mostly from the former Yugoslavia states and Turkey.

Add naturalized foreigners to the mix, and Austria in 2001 had a higher percentage of foreign-born resident population than the United States, at 12.1 percent.

Living and Working in Austria

For those wishing to immigrate to Austria, there are various routes to achieve this, depending on the reason for immigrating (work, family reunification, etc) and where the migrant originates from.

Click the following links for information on Austrian immigration, depending on whether you or someone else is a citizen of the EU/EEA or not.

EU/EEA citizens

Foreigners who originate from European Union countries, Switzerland, or countries that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA) can live and work in Austria by claiming the EU/EEA rights associated with freedom of movement.

However, if a national of an EU/EEA country wishes to stay in Austria for more than three months, they must notify the appropriate authorities.

EU/EEA citizens settling in Austria must submit the following:

  • proof of employment or self-employment in Austria
  • adequate health insurance for themselves and their relatives
  • sufficient means to live on
  • documents stating the completion of training at a school or educational institution