AUSTRIA

VISA REQUIRED

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NATIONALITY: 
DESTINATION: AUSTRIA
PURPOSE OF TRIP: BUSINESS (SCHENGEN)

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IMPORTANT / IN-PERSON APPLICATION

PLEASE READ THE RED FLAGS SECTION BELOW CAREFULLY

  • VISA VALIDITY

Varied validity. All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

Generally it is advisable to make a 6 month multiple entry visa request. Please also note that all Schengen visas allow a stay of up to 90 days in every 180 day period. 

  • APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENT (IN-PERSON)

Please note that the Austria Visa Application Centre only accepts visa applications via an appointment system. YOU MUST ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION (see also below biometric enrolment requirement). 

To make an appointment, please book online (http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk/Schedule-an-Appointment.html). You may re-schedule / cancel the appointment using the same web link.

  • BIOMETRIC ENROLMENT

All Schengen visa applicants (apart from Minors under 12 years old) are required to enrol their biometric data when submitting a Schengen visa application.  These biometric data will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital fingerprint scanner.

  • CONSULAR FEES PAYMENT

You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure)

All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester and Edinburgh) or Credit/Debit card.  Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

  • RETURN DELIVERY

When applicants are unable to collect in person themselves, they may authorise another person to collect the passport on their behalf. The nominated person will need to bring an authorisation letter (see example here) signed by the applicant, the applicant’s passport photocopy with the stapled receipt and some proof of Identity (with photograph).

Alternatively, applicants unable to collect their passports within the given time slots, always can opt for Courier Service, whereby passports are returned via Courier Delivery DX at an additional fee of £14.95 per envelope/passport (see below). However given the sensitive nature of the documents, we advise where possible, that an in-person collection is made.

Courier service

Using the Courier Service allows applicants to have their Passport/Travel document returned by Special Delivery; VFS uses the services of the private courier company DX to any delivery address in the United Kingdom chosen by the applicant. This can be purchased at the time of the visa application submission and you will receive a DX reference number, which can be tracked on the courier company’s website (www.dxdelivery.com) in order to obtain an update about the courier process at any given time.

  • EMBASSY INFORMATION

Austria Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street
London
EC2A 2BT

Tel: 0871 376 2101
Email: info.schengen@vfshelpline.com
Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk/index.html

Passport collection time: 16:00 to 17:30 (Monday to Friday)
OTHER LOCATIONS (EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER OR CARDIFF): http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk/contact-us.html

NEXT STEPS

(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

Global Visaz can assist with arranging the appointment, reviewing your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before the scheduled date / time. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the Austria Visa Application Centre, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing). UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON, SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO HIGHER SCRUTINY THEREFORE WE HIGHLY ADVISE TO USE THE GLOBAL VISAZ REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.

AUSTRIA BUSINESS (SCHENGEN) VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the day of leaving the Schengen Area
  • have at least two blank visa pages
Photocopies of previous Schengen visas endorsed in an old passport and issued in the last 3 years, if applicable.

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attached: Austria – Schengen visa Application form

Signed and completed original letter of support from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: Austria – Business support letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • MUST BE ISSUED WITHIN THE LAST 10 DAYS OF THE DATE OF SUBMISSION / APPOINTMENT DATE
  • Addressed to the ”The Embassy of Austria, London”.
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment, job title and annual salary 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Afghanistan
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Clear colour copy of signed and completed invite letter from your inviting company. 

Please see template attached: Austria – Invite letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Embassy of Austria, London”.
  • Letter needs to be on inviting company headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the inviting company
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Afghanistan
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Proof of valid travel insurance. It must:

  • clearly show the applicant’s name
  • be valid throughout the complete territory of the Schengen Area and must cover the entire period of the applicant’s intended stay in the Schengen Area
  • have a minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation of at least EUR 30,000.

A clear colour copy is acceptable.

Clear colour copy of confirmed return travel tickets: mentioning applicant’s name and travel dates.

When travel tickets have been paid through travel agency, then a receipt, an invoice or a payment confirmation is also required.

Clear colour copy of confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, camping, etc) booking mentioning applicant’s name, travel dates and accommodation address details.

Clear colour copies of your last 3 months bank statements as a proof of sufficient fundsThese must:

  • show a positive balance / sufficient amount to cover the expenses during the intended stay in the Schengen Area and for the return to the UK
  • clearly state your name, address 
  • the latest bank statement must be issued within the last 1 week of the date of submission / appointment date
Bank statements which are downloaded from the internet are accepted, but where possible, please have these stamped/certified by the bank.

Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A clear colour copy is acceptable.

 This must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

10 business days service:

Varied validity

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£80.00 excl. VAT
£76.55 incl. VAT

HOFBURG PALACE

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HOFBURG PALACE

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards. It also served as the imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Since 1279 the Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include various residences, the imperial chapel, the imperial library, the treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, the imperial mews. The palace faces the Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph I, as part of what was planned to become the Kaiserforum (de) but which was never completed. Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese, Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, Johann Fischer von Erlach, and the architects of the Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

10 business days service:

Varied validity

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£76.55 incl. VAT

HOFBURG PALACE

  VIENNA
HOVER / CLICK HERE



HOFBURG PALACE

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards. It also served as the imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence. Since 1279 the Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include various residences, the imperial chapel, the imperial library, the treasury, the Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, the imperial mews. The palace faces the Heldenplatz (Heroes Square) ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph I, as part of what was planned to become the Kaiserforum (de) but which was never completed. Numerous architects have executed work at the Hofburg as it expanded, notably the Italian architect-engineer Filiberto Luchese, Lodovico Burnacini and Martino and Domenico Carlone, the Baroque architects Lukas von Hildebrandt and Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, Johann Fischer von Erlach, and the architects of the Neue Burg built between 1881 and 1913.