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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Austria

Austria
Republic of Austria

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Except as indicated, each of the documents mentioned below is available only to the individual concerned or to his duly empowered agent. Except for police records which may be obtained only by the individual concerned in person, a local legal representative may obtain the document on behalf of the individual concerned on the latter's written power of attorney.

The processing time required for Austrian civil documents varies depending on the office of court concerned, but normally takes from 2 weeks to 3 months.

 

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee for a birth certificate issued in duplicate by the parish or civil authorities or by the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (Jewish Community), subsequently referred to as ‘Kultusgemeinde (Fee for birth certificate: EUR 9,30)

Document Name: Birth Certificates (Geburtscheine)

Issuing Authority: Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: issued in black ink, letter size, seal of the Austrian Registrar’s Office

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Austrian Registrar’s Office

Registration Criteria: Unknown

Procedure for Obtaining: Gentiles born prior to January 1, 1939 whose parents, at the time of their birth, professed a religion legally recognized in Austria must apply for birth (baptismal) certificates at the rectory (Pfarramt) of the parish in which they were born. Persons born into the Jewish faith prior to the above-mentioned date must apply to the Jewish Community Headquarters (Kultusgemeinde) of the community where they were born. All other persons born prior to January 1, 1939 must apply to the civil district authorities (Politische Bezirksbehoerde) of the district in which they were born. Special regulations apply to persons born in the Federal State of Burgenland, formerly a part of Hungary. If born after 1894 their birth is recorded with the Matriculation Office (Matrikelamt) of the community where they were born.

Since January 1, 1939 civil registration of births has been made compulsory throughout all of the Republic of Austria, and all applications for birth certificates concerning births which took place after that date must be addressed to the Matriculation Office (Standesamt) of the community in which the person was born. Since November 2014, the request can be made at any Matriculation Office (“Standesamt”) in Austria.  For these persons, only a birth certificate issued by the Standesamt, and not a baptismal certificate issued by the christening priest is recognized as legal evidence and date of birth in Austria. 

Certified Copies Available:  Yes

Alternate Documents: Baptismal Certificates (Taufscheine)

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments: Birth certificates (Geburtscheine) and baptismal certificates (Taufscheine) are both recognized as legal evidence of place and date of birth in Austria, depending upon when and where in Austria a person was, and what religion the parents professed at that time.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee plus return postage for a death certificate issued in duplicate by the parish or by the civil authorities Fee: EUR 9,30 If issued by the Kultusgemeine (Jewish), return postage is not required.

Document Name: Death certificates (Sterbeurkunde)

Issuing Authority:  Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, seal of the Magistrar Office, letter size

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” 

Registration Criteria:  Issuance of a coroner’s certificate – “Todesbescheinigung”

Procedure for Obtaining:  With coroner’s certificate and ID at the Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” 

Certified Copies Available:  Yes

Alternate Documents: International death certificate

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments  No

 

 

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee for marriage certificates issued in duplicate by the civil authorities, or issued by the Kultusgemeinde (Jewish). Fee:  EUR 9,30

Document Name:  Heiratsurkunde

Issuing Authority:  Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt” 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  black ink, seal of the Magistrar Office, letter size

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Austrian Registrar’s Office “Standesamt”

Registration Criteria: in person or in writing,  ID necessary   

Procedure for Obtaining:  proceed to the Magistrar Office https://www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/personenwesen/

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: International marriage certificate

Exceptions: No

Comments: Prior to August 1, 1938, the date when the German Marriage Law was introduced into Austria, there were two distinct types of legal marriage ceremony, the ecclesiastical and the civil. The ecclesiastical ceremony was the required procedure, whereas the civil ceremony was acceptable only in cases of persons who did not belong to any religion legally recognized in Austria, or, in cases where the priest refused the marriage ceremony for reasons not recognized by civil law. In Burgenland, the civil marriage ceremony was compulsory for everyone. Since August 1, 1938 this procedure has been applicable to all of Austria. 

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee for each two page, or fraction thereof, plus return postage (EUR 25,00)

Document Name:  Scheidungsurkunde

Issuing Authority: Superior Courts (known in Vienna and provincial capitals as Landesgericht, and elsewhere as Kreisgericht)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Court seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: district or  family court

Registration Criteria:  Apply at the district or family court

Procedure for Obtaining:  ID number of court case necessary

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments:  Prior to the introduction of the German Marriage Law, divorce decrees were called Trennungsurteil and, after August 1, 1938, Scheidungsurteil. Before August 1, 1938 Jews were able to obtain a divorce from the District Court (Bezirksgericht). Under the old Austrian law, Roman Catholics were unable to obtain a full divorce, but merely a separation from bed and board, which, if based on mutual consent, was granted by the District Court. This impossibility of obtaining a divorce also applied to marriages where only one party was Roman Catholic at the time the ceremony was performed. However, during the period following World War I, up to February 1934, legally separated Roman Catholics could obtain a dispensation in certain of the Austrian Laender (especially Vienna) from the existing bond of matrimony. On the basis of such a dispensation granted by the civil administrative authorities, they could conclude a second (civil) marriage. If such second marriage was subsequently contested by lawsuit, the Federal usually ruled that the second marriage was void. When the German Marriage Law was introduced in Austria in July 1938, persons separated from bed and board under Austrian law could apply to the Superior Court for a decree by which such separation was changed to a full divorce without further proceedings.

 

 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for each two pages, or fraction thereof, plus return postage.

 

Document Name:   Adoptionsvertrag

Issuing Authority: District Court (Bezirksgericht) which has jurisdiction over the area where the adopted child resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, seal of the district court

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: District court

Registration Criteria: inquiry at the district court

Procedure for Obtaining: A copy of the adoption decree may be obtained by the adopted child or the adopting parents from the court.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments: Under Austrian law an adoption contract must be concluded between the adopting parent and the adopted child (or its legal guardian) and approved by decree of the District Court

Identity Card

Identity Card

 

Available

Fees: The fee for a residence certificate varies according to the issuing authority, plus return postage.

Document Name: Residence Certificates. The certificates are variously titled 'Meldezettel', 'Aufenthaltsbestaetigung', 'Meldungsbestaetigung' and 'Meldeausweis'. The fee for a residence certificate varies according to the issuing authority, plus return postage.

Issuing Authority: Residence certificates are issued in Vienna and the in larger cities by the police authorities, and cover only the residence in that particular community by which issued. In smaller communities, residence certificates are issued by the office of the mayor ('Gemeindeamt').

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, letter size, seal of Austrian Magistrar’s office

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Austrian Magistrar’s office

Registration Criteria: ID, rent contract or purchase contract

Procedure for Obtaining:  within three days after moving to Austria, at the Magistrar’s office

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: Unknown

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments: The police certificate of conduct does not list the exact places and periods of residence of the person concerned, therefore, a residence certificate is required to make certain that the applicant's statements concerning his residence in Austria are correct. 

 

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

 

Available

Fees:  EUR 30,70

Document Name: Certificate of Criminal Record (Bescheinigung ueber Verurteilungen) 

Issuing Authority: Office where the application was filed after a search of the centralized records of the Federal Police Headquarters (Bundespolizeidirektion) in Vienna. 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, letter size, seal of the police office

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Landespolizeidirektion oder Polizeikommissariat

Registration Criteria:  ID and birth certificate and identity card

Procedure for Obtaining:  Persons residing outside of Austria must apply at the Austrian mission or consulate in their country of residence. Persons residing in Austria must apply to the Federal police in the larger cities or any mayor's office in the rural areas. Application forms entitled "Antrag auf Ausstellung einer Bescheinigung gemaess Paragraph 10 des Strafregistergesetzes" must be used. These forms may be obtained at any of the above Austrian offices. The applicant must apply in person and be able to prove his identity by a suitable document bearing the applicant's photograph. A Certificate of Criminal Record can only be obtained by the applicant himself.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies of court records of conviction (Urteilsabschrift) may be obtained directly from the court by the applicant or his legal representative upon presentation of a power of attorney. 

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments: These records are available for a period of fifty years from the date of the conviction.

Convictions (except those resulting in a sentence of life imprisonment) are automatically expunged from the centralized penal records after the passage of the specified period of time; for less serious offenses, after five years and for more serious crimes, after 10 years. An act of clemency or a general amnesty may remove any conviction from the records. Convictions that have been removed from the records will not appear on the Certificate of Criminal Record. The removal of convictions from the records under Austrian law is not recognized for visa purposes, since the innocence of the convicted person is not a pre-condition for the removal.

 

Court Records

 

Available/Unavailable:  Available.  At the courts where court record was issued

Fees:  Unknown

Document Name:  Verurteilungsprotokoll

Issuing Authority: Courts

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, letter size, signed and sealed by court

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Courts, signed by judge

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:  ID

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions:

Comments:

 

Prison Records

Available

Comments: Available. See police record above. No separate prison record is available.

 

Military Records

Military Records

 

Available

Fees: Unknown

Document Name:  Generally called "Auszug aus den Militaer Gerichtsakten"

Issuing Authority: Militaerkommando Oesterreich: http://www.bundesheer.at/adressen/a_milkden.shtml

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: black ink, letter size, seal from ‘Bundesheer Oesterreich’

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Militaerkommando

Registration Criteria: Unknown

Procedure for Obtaining:  Unknown

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: Unknown

Comments:  Records pertaining to the old Imperial Armed Forces prior to 1918 were partially destroyed during World War II, and in many cases no document can be obtained covering any trials before a military court during this period. Other records available cover persons who served in the Austrian Army from 1934 to 1938, and also civilians who were tried in military courts during the July 1934 disturbances. Very few records are available concerning persons who served in the German Armed forces during the period when Austria was part of Germany (March 1938 to May 1945), except for records of the 177th Division.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Passports & Other Travel Documents

 

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): Alien’s Passport

Fees: EUR 75,90 for regular service, EUR 100 for 2-3 days issuance, EUR 220 for 24 hour issuance

Document Name: Reisepass

Issuing Government Authority: Passport office at the Austrian Magistrar’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: dark red cover, EU design

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Passport office at the Austrian Magistrar’s office

Registration Criteria: Austrian citizenship

Procedure for Obtaining:  in person at any passport office (Magistrar’s office)  with ID

Alternate Documents: Emergency passport

Exceptions: No

Comments: The bearer of an Austrian "Alien's Passport" requires a valid Austrian visa to enable the bearer to apply for readmission to Austria. Therefore, such passports meet the requirements of Section 101(a)(30) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, only if they contain an Austrian reentry visa, valid for six months beyond the date of intended stay in the United States.

Other Documents Available: Residence certificates

The police certificate of conduct does not list the exact places and periods of residence of the person concerned, therefore, a residence certificate is required to make certain that the applicant's statements concerning his residence in Austria are correct. Residence certificates are issued in Vienna and the in larger cities by the police authorities, and cover only the residence in that particular community by which issued. In smaller communities, residence certificates are issued by the office of the mayor ('Gemeindeamt'). The certificates are variously titled 'Meldezettel', 'Aufenthaltsbestaetigung', 'Meldungsbestaetigung' and 'Meldeausweis'. The fee for a residence certificate varies according to the issuing authority, plus return postage.

 

 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address: Boltzmanngasse 16

Vienna, Austria (Embassy)

USEMB Vienna
APO AE 09108-9900

Phone Number:  0043 1 31339

Visa Services:  NIV, IV

Comments / Additional Information: Address of the U.S. Consulate: Parkring 12 a, 1010 Vienna,

Phone number: 31339-7543, Immigrant visa section

 

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Austria.