It is compulsory for students from third countries to renew their residence permit at the competent authority before the previous permit expires. This should take place at the earliest three months before the expiration date. You remain a lawfully resident in Austria until the final decision, even if your permit expires in the meantime.
You need to proof that you are still an active student. Therefore, your application has to include:
- the confirmation of your continuing university enrolment (Fortsetzungsbestätigung),
- your studies record (Studienbuchblatt) as well as
- the proof of academic success (minimum 8 semester hours per academic year or 16 ECTS credits per academic year).
All documents have to be legalized and documents in languages other than German have to be submitted together with a legalized German translation.
The residence permit is issued in a form of credit card and serves as an ID. You have to carry your card at all times to prove the legality of staying in Austria.
During its validity period you are entitles you to travel through other Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland) and to stay in these countries for a maximum duration of 90 days within 180 days.