Citizenship by Investment

Minimum Investment:
Citizenship in:
2-3 years
Generations of dependents:
Visa free countries:
Overview Austria
Austria’s route to citizenship through investment is not a programme as such, and so there are no clear-cut steps available for applicants. Government approval is required at various stages and each case is decided on its own merits, so it is essential that applicants have the appropriate guidance before they commence an application. Ousheng can provide advice on investment opportunities and provide assistance at every part of the application process.
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Applicants may choose one of the following investments:
  • The basis for immigration by investment is Article 10(6) of the Citizenship Act, which provides for citizenship for investors of merit. Citizenship requires a large financial commitment and an active investment in the Austrian economy. Passive investments do not qualify. It’s generally accepted that investments of about €10,000,000 are required (or a charitable donation of €2,000,000 to €3,000,000).
  • Austrian naturalisation generally requires renunciation of any previous citizenship, but Article 10(6) naturalisations do not require this and are not reported. A thorough background check is involved and applicants should supply references and visit Austria for an interview as part of the process. The process normally takes between two and three years. A passport can be applied for after naturalisation.


Investors must meet the following criteria:
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over 18 years old
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No criminal record
A personal visit is also required to complete citizenship.
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Directly benefits the Austrian economy is required.

Why Choose Austria Citizenship by Investment Programme?

  • Austria is a member of the European Union. Investors and their families are free to live, work, study and do business in any EU member state and in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. The Austrian passport is one of the most valuable passports in the world and Austrian passport holders enjoy visa-free entry to 157 countries and territories.
  • Under this route to naturalisation, applicants are not required to renounce their previous citizenship.
  • There is no language requirement as part of the criteria for naturalisation.
  • The family of the applicant can also receive Austrian citizenship, and the citizenship can be passed hereditarily.
  • It is one of the fastest ways to acquire an EU passport, as the total time required is normally between two and three years.
  • There is no residency requirement before or after naturalisation, and the applicant’s tax liability remains unchanged, unless their tax residence is moved to Austria.