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 https://www.help.gv.at/Portal.Node/hlpd/public/content/12/Seite.120001.html

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.