Recognized refugees or beneficiaries of subsidiary protection
Your rights as a recognized refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection
You have access to work, education, social welfare and medical care. Please note that the amount of social welfare you receive depends on the Province (in German: Bundesland) that you live in. Please note that not all Provinces grant social welfare to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection.
You can apply for a travel document that allows you to visit other countries.
As a refugee you will receive a residence permit that is valid for three years. If the asylum authorities do not notify you otherwise, the residence permit will be renewed automatically and will become unlimited.
As a refugee or holder of subsidiary protection you can apply for a long-term residency permit (after 5 years) or Austrian citizenship (after 10 years or 6 years, if you are exceptionally well integrated) if you fulfil all required conditions. For more information on the general requirements for obtaining Austrian citizenship, please see here.
If you received subsidiary protection, you will get a residence permit that is valid for one year. If the situation in your home country has not improved significantly, you can apply for a renewal of your permit (the renewed permit will be valid for 2 years).
Your obligations as a recognized refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection
You must respect and follow the law of the country; breaking national laws may result in the suspension of your rights as a holder of international protection as well as criminal proceedings.
Your primary country of residence has to be Austria. You have to have a certificate of residence (German: Meldezettel).
You have to sign an integration agreement. In this agreement you sign that you are willing to integrate in Austria, learn German and respect the rules of the country.