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No fingerprints or original documents required for the renewal of residence permits

Written by
Schima Mayer Starlinger, a modern, service-oriented law firm in Austria.
During the coronavirus pandemic Austrian immigration applications do not need to be accompanied by original documents or fingerprints.

For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, the Austrian immigration authorities may refrain from taking fingerprints for applications for renewal of a residence permit, provided there is no reasonable doubt as to the identity of the applicant.

In addition, the authorities may also refrain from requesting the applicant to submit original documents and evidence, provided there is no reasonable doubt as to the authenticity and accuracy of the submitted copy documents.

These provisions were recently integrated into the by-laws of the Austrian Settlement and Residence Act and will cease to apply at midnight on 31 December 2020.