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AUSTRIA – New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Applications in Vienna

Since the beginning of 2018, applicants for residence permits in Vienna must now submit a police clearance certificate from each country in which they have resided for more than six months, at any time in their lives.

So far, only Vienna has adopted this new guideline. All other regions – for the moment – are still requiring police clearance documents covering only the last two years.

However, in practice the Vienna immigration authorities may accept applications supported by police clearance certificates only from the applicant’s home country and the current country of residence, if different.

All police clearance certificates in support of residence permit applications in Austria must have been issued less than six months before the date of application submission, and may have to be legalized or apostilled, depending on the country of issuance.

Action Items

  • Residence permit applicants in Austria should consult an immigration specialist to check the latest requirements, depending on their region of application and their nationality.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Relocation Services Strohmayer and Recom Relocation.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.