Expert Info

Posted by Raymond
on 31 Oct 2017

Good afternoon,

My wife and I would like to apply for permanent residency in Austria. I am a U.S. citizen and she is a Canadian citizen. We have already taken a German A1 course and are planning on taking the exam soon. This is our first time applying, so we're not really sure on the best way to apply. We're thinking of applying as self-employed workers, but we would not be starting a business in Austria. Our income would come from consulting work outside of Austria and building Internet websites. On the Austrian migration website for self-employed workers, it seems as if we need to start a business in Austria that employs Austrian workers.

We had a few questions about this:

Can we still apply for permanent residency as self-employed workers even though we are not starting a business in Austria?
If so, are we required to show that we have (as a married couple) more than 100,000 Euros in assets?
Is there a different or better way to apply for permanent residence in Austria?

I would appreciate any advice given as we are not really sure of the best way to apply.


EmmaL on 1 Nov 2017
Hi Raymond

To get a residence permit for Austria as a self-employed expat, you need to prove that you will be bringing the country some type of benefit. Visas are always handled on a case-to-case basis, so your best bet will be to speak directly to someone at an Austrian embassy near you. Where do you live?

What type of consulting work do you do? You might be able to look at other types of settlement permits, depending on your line of work. Have a look at the other settlements page on the Austrian migration site.

Hope this helped,

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna Global

Aetna is an award-winning insurance business that provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. Their high quality health insurance plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of expats living and working abroad.

Get a quote from Aetna International


Cigna Global

With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global