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Have your say: Are you eligible to become Austrian but choose not to?

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The Local - [email protected] • 11 Jan, 2023 Updated Wed 11 Jan 2023 16:50 CEST
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How hard is it to get Austrian citizenship? Photo by Ante Hamersmit on Unsplash

Becoming Austrian comes with many advantages, but very few people naturalise every year. Why is that? We want to hear from you.

Austria has one of the strictest naturalisation laws in Europe, and it requires many people have a permanent residence here for at least 10 years before they are allowed to apply for citizenship. 

Becoming a citizen of Austria comes with many benefits. You no longer have to worry about MA35 appointments for visa renewals (also the case if you are a permanent resident), you are allowed to vote on all elections, you become an EU citizen (in case you weren't before), and you can apply for certain jobs, such as with the police force, for example.

However, there are also downsides which may put people off. We want to hear from those who can but choose not to become Austrian. Please take a moment to fill in the survey.




The Local 2023/01/11 16:50

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pat mallory 2023/01/16 08:30
Thanks, but no thanks. The resident's card will have to do.

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