Austria: Foreign Residents in Vienna Should Deregister Before Final Departure
Before making a final departure from Austria, foreign nationals residing in Vienna must deregister with the local municipality by appearing in person or having a representative submit their original passport. Foreign nationals can elect to have a representative complete the deregistration process after they depart, but the best practice is to deregister in advance.
Viennese municipal authorities have changed the deregistration procedure for foreign residents making their final departure from Austria. To deregister before leaving, affected foreign nationals are required to appear in person or have an attorney submit their original passport. Foreign nationals can elect to have a representative complete their deregistration after they depart, but the best practice is to deregister in advance.
Previously, attorneys or representatives could complete deregistration on behalf of foreign nationals residing in Vienna before or shortly after they left the country, by providing an original signed deregistration form completed by the foreign national.
Foreign residents can submit deregistration notifications up to three days before their scheduled departure. However, an attorney may complete deregistration procedures on a foreign national’s behalf after departure if the foreign national provides an original, signed deregistration notification and a legalized copy of his or her passport; an apostille or diplomatic authentication will be required for some nationalities. Post-departure deregistration notifications must be submitted within three days after the foreign national leaves Austria.
At this time, the new policy affects only foreign nationals residing in Vienna. It does not alter deregistration procedures in other municipalities. Nor does it change an employer’s obligation to notify labor authorities when a work permit holder leaves the country.
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