AUSTRIA BUSINESS VISA
The Business Visa permits the applicants to come to Austria for activities that are related to the business. The applicants representing their company can visit Austria to for establishing contacts, sales, attend meetings, or for other related activities.
A Business Schengen Visa is required to travel to Austria for activities concerning business in the country.
It would be best if you had the documents listed below to apply for the Business Schengen Visa for Austria:
- An invitation letter by the company based in Austria that you intend to visit. The invitation letter must include the dates of your visit and the complete address of the company, as well.
- A letter from your Austrian employer outlining the purpose of your visit to Austria
- Bank statements for the past six months
- The original attested copy of the Memorandum & Article of Association
- License for trading
- Evidence of funds
- The expenses of the applicant would be endorsed by the company back in their native country or the Austrian company that has invited them. The information about who would be bearing the expenses should be mentioned in the invitation letter.
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Here is a list of a few other documents that might be required.
- License for Trading
- Proof of financing for the trip
- Bank statement of the business organization for the past six months.
- Documents from your employer certifying the reason for your travel to Austria.
- Invitation letter from the company based in Austria that you plan to visit. The address details and the itinerary of your schedules should also be mentioned in the letter.
- Submission of the certified Memorandum and Article of Association.
PROCESS FOR Application
- You must apply for the visa at an Austrian consulate, embassy, or to a government official representative of Austria in your country.
- In a usual case, the processing time for an Austrian Schengen visa might take up to 15 days. The number of applications received by the consulate /embassy of Austria or the different circumstances of your case may make the waiting period longer. It may take 30 days for some cases.
- Even peculiar applications might take as long as 60 days to be reviewed by the embassy or consulate of Austria.
- The visa application for Austria should be submitted at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to your scheduled date of departure.
- It should be noted that you cannot submit your application 3 months before your scheduled date of departure.
- Period of Validity
The Business Schengen Visa is valid for only 90 days within a period of six months. It implies that you can travel for six months to Austria and remain in the Schengen Area for a ninety days at a stretch or discretely. You need to return to your native country after the 90-day period is over.
HOW CAN Y-AXIS HELP YOU?
Y-Axis has substantial experience handling the visas for the Schengen region. The Y-Axis team will help you in:
- Assessing which type of Visa should you apply for
- Counsel you on the documents required to submit the application for the visa
- Counsel you on how the funds as are necessary for the visa need to be displayed for the visa authorities
- Complete the process of application
- Reassess the documents that you would need for the application for the visa
- Help you in preparing for the visa interview in case it is required
How long will my visa take for processing?
The process of visa application might take approximately 15 business days. It should be noted that no inquiries about the status of the visa application will be entertained before 15 days.
For some cases, the period can be increased to 30 days because of the volume of applications received by the embassy or consulate of Austria or the distinct nature of your application.
In some rare cases, it can take up to 60 days for applications to be processed by the Austrian embassy or consulate.
When should I submit my visa application?
You should submit the visa application preferably 3 to 4 weeks before your scheduled date of departure.
Note that you cannot submit your visa application more than three months prior to your departure.
Which permit do I need?
Permit for short stays in Schengen states, also known as a “Type C”, will be required for any short stay trips to Austria, for up to 90 days. Business permit is one of the Type C permits available in Austria.
Do I have to apply for a residence permit as well?
No. Residence permits are required by those third-country nationals that plan on staying in Austria for more than 6 months.
If you intend to stay in Austria for more than 6 months and are not an EEA citizen or a Swiss national, then you will need to get a residence permit. However, if your period of stay is less than 6 months, you don’t require a residence permit. Residence permits are issued for either employment, study or research.
Will I have to appear in person?
All applicants for Austrian permits are expected to appear in person.
Applications for Austria permit have to submitted in person. There is no exception to the rule.
Applications you submit must be complete. If the applicant is a minor, then the application should be signed by both parents.
What if I'm unable to prove sufficient financial means for my stay?
If, for any reason, you cannot provide proof of funds covering your stay in Austria, you will have to get your Austrian host to sign a declaration of liability for you.
This declaration of liability is an Electronic letter of guarantee referred to as Elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung or Generalverpflichtungserklärung (EVE or GVE).
When an application is made for an EVE with the concerned local authority, that authority will conduct a verification of the identity of the host. It will also review the financial status of the Austrian host.
Once the verification is completed and the declaration of liability is signed, an 8-digit ID-number is issued to the host. It’s this ID-number that will be required by the Austrian Consulate or Embassy at the time of applying for the permit.
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