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With historic cities like Vienna, glorious castles and palaces, and stunning views of the Alps, Austria is undoubtedly steeped in character.

The country also offers a high quality of life, world-class healthcare, excellent state education, and a strong economy.

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If you have developed a taste for Austrian cuisine such as apfelstrudel and wiener schnitzel, you will feel at home in the country’s traditional restaurants.

As you will in the concert halls where they play faithful renditions of classic compositions from the likes of Austrian greats such as Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart.

Benefits of Austrian Citizenship by Descent

Your citizenship will provide you with the opportunity to travel freely throughout the European Union (EU), and the ability to live, work and study anywhere in the EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) nations.

You’ll gain access to affordable healthcare, education, and investment vehicles which are only open to European citizens. Austria also boasts a strong economy with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Austrian citizens benefit from no citizen-based taxation - unless you physically live and work in the country, you’re not subject to Austrian income tax.

You can pass your Austrian citizenship on to your children.

Who Can Get Austrian Citizenship by Descent

  • Over 18 years old
  • No criminal record or prosecution
  • Sufficient income

  • Qualify as descendants

  • Are eligible as descendants

Programme Requirements

What are the Austrian citizenship requirements for the descendants of the victims of Nazi persecution?

REQUIREMENT #1

Your ancestor holds or held Austrian citizenship or citizenship of one of the successor states of the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, the Kingdom of the Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, and Poland), or was a stateless person residing in Austria.

REQUIREMENT #2

Your ancestor was forced to flee Austrian borders before May 1955, for fear of persecution under Nazi rule or due to the after-effects of the war.

REQUIREMENT #3

Your ancestor had reason to fear, or had suffered, persecution by organs of the Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiterpartei the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) or authorities of the German Reich.

REQUIREMENT #4

You’re on the direct line of ancestry to a victim of Nazi persecution i.e., a son/daughter, adopted child, grandson/granddaughter, great grandson/great granddaughter, etc.)

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Application Process

  • Month 1

    Client onboarding process

    We send you our dedicated Austrian genealogical intake form. Using the information you provide us, we ascertain your eligibility for Austrian citizenship by descent.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our legal team will complete all necessary government forms and supporting documents. We will liaise with the Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten (Austrian Foreign Ministry) on your behalf.

  • Months 1-3

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents, we comprehensively review your application to ensure your file complies with the Austrian Foreign Ministry's requirements. Our legal team will complete its final checks before submitting the relevant forms.

    The Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten will undertake its own due diligence and reviews all the paperwork. We will continue to work closely with them throughout the process to ensure your application is timely and efficiently processed.

  • Months 4-6

    Citizenship certificate issued

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry will assess your application, and upon approval, you must pay any applicable government fees. We will then arrange for all relevant citizenship certificates to be sent out. Following this, we can help you apply for an Austrian passport.

Frequently Asked Questions

This citizenship program is an effort on Austria’s part to right, and take responsibility for, its historical wrongs. Additionally, the country is taking initiative for reconciliation and showing respect to Holocaust survivors and their descendants who suffered under, and due to, Nazi rule in Austria.

If you descend from a qualifying Austrian citizen who was discriminated against by the Nazi party (or who had reason to fear discrimination from the Nazi party), we’ll help you gather various vital historical and genealogical records. This will allow you to recreate your family tree and show evidence of your ancestor’s fear of or actual experience of persecution by the Nazi regime. This will serve as the evidence that will form your application for Austrian citizenship by descent.

 

Normally, it takes between four and six months after all relevant documentation has been acquired, translated, legalized, and submitted to the proper government authority. Once you are a  citizen, you’ll be eligible for an Austrian passport.

Yes, Austria allows dual citizenship, but only in the case of descendants of victims of Nazi persecution.

However, in almost all other cases, Austrian dual citizenship is not permitted.

No, your ancestor need not be Jewish for you to be eligible. The Nazis discriminated against people from all walks of life.

Therefore, if you can show your ancestor was a victim of Nazi persecution and can prove you meet the other criteria, you will be eligible, whether you are Jewish or not.

 

There are no history or language exams, and no residency requirements for those seeking Austrian citizenship via the citizenship for descendants of victims of Nazi persecution route.

The Austria passport is among the world’s five most powerful travel documents. Currently, it ranks 3rd strongest. The Austrian passport allows visa-free travel to 179 countries, including the EU Schengen Zone, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

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  • Visa-free travel to 179 countries
  • 4-6 months application processing time
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