AUSTRIA

VISA REQUIRED

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DESTINATION: AUSTRIA
PURPOSE OF TRIP: TOURIST (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
1. EMPLOYER LETTER:  Signed and completed original proof of employment letter 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 – Proof of employment. 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) 

OR

2. STUDENT LETTER: 

Signed and completed original UK university/college/school letter, confirming applicant’s enrolment. It must be:

  • Addressed to ”The Embassy of Austria, London”
  • Issued within the last 10 days of the date of appointment
  • Letter needs to be on headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory

OR

3. SELF-EMPLOYMENT LETTER:  

Signed and completed original letter, confirming applicant’s self-employment. It must be:

  • Addressed to ”The Embassy of Austria, London”
  • Issued within the last 10 days of the date of appointment
  • Letter needs to be on headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory
AND obtained from:
 
– applicant’s accountant: when applicant’s company’s accountancy is done by an external/independent accountant – solicitor: when applicant’s company has been registered by a solicitor
– bank manager: when applicant’s company has a business bank account – Companies House: Certificate of Incorporation received upon registering business. If applicant’s name is not mentioned on certificate, then additional proof demonstrating connection between applicant/company should be provided
– Tax authorities
 
OR
 
4. UNEMPLOYED/RETIRED Receiving benefits: Signed and completed original letter obtained from local Jobcentre or Pension Service  Not receiving Benefits: Cover letter explaining applicant’s financial situation  Housewife/man (only applicable to married couples): Applicant’s may be sponsored by their spouse/registered partner; in these cases the following needs to be provided: 
  • marriage certificate (original + copy): when this document was issued outside the EU and is not in English or Portuguese, then it should be translated by a certified translator in the UK 
  • spouse/registered partner’s passport (original + copy)
  • spouse/registered partner’s proof of occupation (as per 1,2,3 above)
  • spouse/registered partner’s proof of funds
  • spouse/registered partner’s cover letter (signed & dated) confirming sponsorship

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.

If the applicant’s name is not mentioned on the accommodation reservation, then a joint travel confirmation letter, signed and dated by the person whose name is on the reservation, must also be provided along with a photocopy of that same person’s passport/ID card + passport signature page, if signature is not on passport’s bio page.

Accommodation provided by family/friends in Austria

The following documents must be provided:

Clear colour copy of signed and completed cover letter from host in Austria. This must be:

  • Addressed to ”The Embassy of Austria, London”
  • Issued within the last 10 days of the date of appointment
  • confirm both travel period and address of stay
  • provide a copy of host’s passport bio page + host’s permit of stay in Austria (if host is non EU citizen)
  • provide a copy of the host’s Austrian registration (Meldebestätigung)

In some cases (e.g. if it is not feasible for the applicant to provide evidence of sufficient funds – see below) the host in Austria may be asked to provide an ‘Electronic Guarantee Letter’ (elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung = EVE), which needs to be obtained from the local aliens police (Bezirkshauptmannschaft, Bundespolizeidirektion, Bezirkspolizeikommisariat). 

The authority dealing with the EVE will forward the information to the Austrian Embassy within 48 hours and the host in Austria will receive an ID number, which the visa applicant will need to provide along with Schengen visa application.

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

THE BELVEDERE

  VIENNA
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THE BELVEDERE

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which at the time was both the imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed on from the commander-in-chief Prince Eugene of Savoy's successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire. The garden had a scenery enclosed by clipped hedging, even as the Belvedere was building, in the formal French manner with gravelled walks and jeux d'eau by Dominique Girard, who had trained in the gardens of Versailles as a pupil of André Le Nôtre.

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

THE BELVEDERE

  VIENNA
HOVER / CLICK HERE



THE BELVEDERE

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, which at the time was both the imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed on from the commander-in-chief Prince Eugene of Savoy's successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire. The garden had a scenery enclosed by clipped hedging, even as the Belvedere was building, in the formal French manner with gravelled walks and jeux d'eau by Dominique Girard, who had trained in the gardens of Versailles as a pupil of André Le Nôtre.