This is what you need to know!
There are different procedures to follow depending on your nationality and on how long you will be staying in Austria.
Students from Non-European Union Countries.
For stays between 90 days and 180 days you will be required to apply for a visa D. You have to submit your visa application to the responsible Austrian authority between 3 months and 3 weeks before entering Austria.
For stays longer than 6 months, a residence permit is required. It is possible to submit the application at the local authority in Linz after lawful entry and during a lawful stay (e.g. with a visa or visa-free if applicable). Make sure to bring all the required documents with the correct legalization with you.
Students from the EU, EFTA Countries and Switzerland.
Students from EU, EFTA countries, and Switzerland are not subject to specific regulations in order to legally enter Austria. A valid ID is sufficient.
In order to reside legally, confirmation of registration ("Anmeldebescheinigung") is required. Students must register at the "Magistrat Linz, Abteilung Aufenthaltsrecht, Hauptstraße 1 – 5, 4041 Linz" within the first 4 months after arrival. The fee is € 35.
The following documents are required:
- Recent passport-sized photograph
- Valid identification card or passport
- Proof of health insurance covering all the necessary costs (e.g. European Health Insurance Card)
- Proof of sufficient financial means
- Confirmation of admission issued by the university (Studienbestätigung)
Failure to comply with this regulation may result in a fine.