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December 2020 3 minutes

Brexit: What should British citizens living in Austria know?

An overview of the steps British citizen must take before December 31st 2020

On January 31st 2020 Great Britain left the European Union after the settlement of the Withdrawal Agreement. At the moment we are in the transition period, which ends on December 31st 2020. Until that day British citizens are still granted the right to freedom of movement within the EU and, thus, continue to be able to travel, settle and live in EU countries. Nevertheless, since the end of the transition period is drawing closer, it’s crucial you act now to ensure you can legally stay in the EU. 

British citizens in Austria: what steps do you need to take?

We know this time can be stressful for British citizens living in Austria. With this article, we aim to give you an overview of the situation in Austria and provide you with a precise list of steps to tick off on your To-Do list. In this way you get all the administrative tasks done quickly and effectively. With the bureaucratic hassle out of the way you can fully enjoy the Christmas period and look forward to a - hopefully much better - year of 2021 in Austria.

The first steps: what do you need to do right now?

Registration as a resident: 

As long as you are lawfully registered as a resident in Austria before January 1st 2020, you continue to hold the right to stay. When moving to Austria you must register to get (1) a residence registration (Meldezettel) within 3 days of moving there, and (2) a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) within 4 months of your arrival. Find more information in the Austrian government’s guidance on the residency registration process, the guidance on residence registration and guidance on registration certificate.

In addition and if you live in Austria before January 1st 2021, you must apply for a new “Article 50” residence card between January 1st 2021 and December 31st 2021. Find more details here

Life in Austria post-Brexit

The following sections will summarise the regulations and laws governing life as a British citizen in Austria after December 31st 2020. 

Employment

You maintain your right to work in Austria, as long as you are registered as an Austrian resident before December 31st 2020, given you remain resident in the country. Depending on your employer, you may need a UK police certificate and/or an Austrian criminal records certificate (Strafregisterbescheinigung).

Finances

Since Great Britain has a double taxation agreement with Austria you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Every Austrian resident has to declare their income to the Austrian authorities, even when it does not come from Austria. 

Banking arrangements should stay the same after the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020. If your finance provider needs to make any alterations to one of your products, they will contact you directly.

Driving

Until the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020, the legislation on driving license exchanges will remain the same. As an Austrian resident you should exchange your UK driving license for an Austrian one. 

If you take a UK vehicle to Austria you must register it within 30 days of becoming a resident. You are obliged to pay a one-off tax for fuel compensation (Normverbrauchsabgabe) at your local tax office.  Otherwise, you risk getting your car impounded. You can exchange your license plate at any vehicle registration office (Kfz-Zulassungsstelle).  

Do you still have doubts about what you must do to legally stay in Austria or other EU-member states post-Brexit?

We have created a comprehensive guide on how British citizens can remain compliant with the new regulations in Austria and other EU-member states. In case you still have further questions that are not answered in this article nor by the guide, please send us a message or schedule a free consultation - we will be happy to help you!

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