IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
The following information was provided on
20 October 1998 by an official from the consular section of the
Embassy of Austria in Ottawa.
In accordance with the new Austrian
legislation on residence permits which came into force on 1 January
1998, a person who has voluntarily abandoned his/her
Aufenthalts-bewilligung during his/her absence from
Austria cannot have this type of visa renewed no matter how long
the person resided and worked in Austria and no matter if he/she
has children who were born in Austria. In order to be re-admitted
into Austria, the holder of the expired
Aufenthaltsbewilligung must apply "from scratch" for a new
visa. There is no way to predict the outcome of such an
application. One basic condition is to convince the Austrian
authorities that he/she will be employed in Austria. The process
can take several months.
A person admitted to Austria on an
Aufenthaltsbewilligung may have his/her visa extended for
one year the first time, for two years the second time and for five
years the third time, and may eventually be granted permanent
residence. However, the outcome of an application for the extension
of the Aufenthaltsbewilligung and for permanent residence
in Austria is unpredictable and depends on individual
circumstances. For additional information on the
aufenthaltsbewilligung, please consult Response AUT27267.E of 17
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is
not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any
particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of Austria, consular section,
Ottawa. 20 October 1998. Telephone interview with official.