Pamela Small was the first UK resident to receive her Article 50 EUV Card, which gives British people the right to live in Austria for between five and 10 years following Brexit, depending how long they have already been resident in the country.
Mayor Widerkehr wrote in a tweet: “It is unfortunate that the UK no longer belongs to the EU. Viennese Britons still belong in our city and should continue to feel comfortable here. British citizens will remain an important part of our society even after Brexit!”
Delighted to congratulate one of the first Brits to received an Article 50 Residence card in @Stadt_Wien today with deputy mayor @chriswiederkehr. A good start and first step towards registering all 12,000 UK nationals in Austria https://t.co/FSvpt044Dl pic.twitter.com/xRE6RuXY2A
— Leigh Turner (@LeighTurnerFCDO) January 25, 2021
Ambassador Leigh Turner said he was “delighted” to congratulate one of the first British people to receive an Article 50 Residence card in Vienna, and said it was a “good start” to registering all 12,000 UK nationals in Austria.
Around a fifth of the 5,000 Britons living in Vienna have already submitted their Article 50 applications, according to the City of Vienna.
With the Brexit transition phase now over, a new residency application process is being rolled out for those British residents in Austria covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.
What is the new residency permit that Britons need?
The new post-Brexit residency permit for Britons who were resident in Austria before the end of the transition period on December 31st is known as the Article 50 EUV Card. This guarantees the right to permanent residency for five or ten years, depending on how long you have already lived in Austria.
Any British nationals moving to Austria in 2021 and beyond cannot qualify for the Article 50 EUV card and must apply for a visa as a third country national.
The application process opened on 4 January and the deadline for submitting an application is the end of December 2021.
To submit the application for the Article 50 EUV Card, British residents have to book an appointment with the relevant authorities where they live.