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CITIZENSHIP: Austrian citizenship is based upon the Citizenship law of 1965 as amended.

BY BIRTH: Child born in the territory of Austria, with at least one parent being a citizen of Austria. However, a child born out of wedlock to a foreign mother and an Austrian father is not considered a citizen. Unless the couple marries, child obtains the citizenship of the mother.

BY DESCENT: Child is born abroad, one of whose parents is an Austrian citizen. In case of a non-Austrian mother and an Austrian father, marriage law listed above applies.

BY NATURALIZATION: Austrian citizenship can be applied for upon fulfillment of one of the following conditions: Person has lived in Austria for at least 10 years. Person has taken up a position as a professor at an Austrian University. Person is the foreign spouse of an Austrian citizen and has resided in Austria for at least five years.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child of Austrian citizens who was born in a foreign country and acquired citizenship according to the other country's laws. Also, in exceptional cases, Austrian authorities may permit an Austrian citizen who obtains a new citizenship to retain their Austrian citizenship.


VOLUNTARY: Under certain conditions, Austrian citizenship may be voluntarily renounced: Person possesses another citizenship. Person has no criminal proceedings, or criminal penalties of more than six months, pending against them in Austria. Person, if male, has fulfilled required military service.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for loss of citizenship: Person acquires citizenship of a foreign country. Person performs voluntary military service for a foreign country. Person has employment with a foreign government that is damaging to Austrian interests.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

The Embassy of Austria Consular Section 3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008-3035

Embassy Telephone: 202-895-6700 Consular Telephone: 202-895-6767/6709/6743 Fax: 202-895-6773


Additional information

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