Do you have Jewish-Austrian ancestry, such as parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents?

If you have Jewish-Austrian ancestors who were victims of the Holocaust, you may be eligible to obtain Austrian citizenship by descent. Take this opportunity to claim your right to citizenship and enjoy the benefits that come with being a Austrian citizen.

What is Jewish-Austrian Citizenship by Descent?

Austria is a country steeped in character, with impressive historical cities like Vienna, famous castles and palaces, and extraordinary views of the Alpine mountains. The country also offers a high quality of life, world-class healthcare, excellent public education, and a strong economy.

Austria allows victims of Nazi persecution and their descendants to acquire Austrian citizenship.

Citizenship for Jewish Austrians has been an issue of great historical importance due to the events that took place during World War II and the Holocaust. During that period, many Jewish Austrians lost their citizenship and were persecuted and deported.

After the war, Austria began to acknowledge responsibility for its past and has implemented measures to restore citizenship to those who lost it wrongfully. In 1993, a law was passed allowing Jewish Austrians and their descendants to apply for restitution of citizenship.

In October 2019, Austrian parliament approved the reform of the Nationality Law (Staatsbürgerschaftsgesetz/StbG) in order to compensate for the historical responsibility towards the victims and their descendants. In April 2022, it was modified again to expand the number of people who could obtain nationality. This amendment entered into force on May 1, 2022.

 

Who is Eligible for Austrian Citizenship by Descent?

This new law is only applicable for victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution and their descendants. Applicants are eligible to obtain Austrian nationality through the new restitution law if their ancestors were:

  • Austrian citizens who fled abroad before May 15, 1955 and emigrated due to persecution or fear. Likewise, individuals who lost their Austrian nationality shortly before leaving the country, and upon obtaining a foreign nationality through marriage.
  • Austrian citizens who, between January 30, 1933 and May 9, 1945, did not have residence in the federal territory because, if they returned or entered the country for the first time, they would have feared persecution (“prevented return” ).
  • Austrian citizens who died from persecution or were deported abroad before May 9, 1945.
  • Citizens of one of the states that made up the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, or stateless persons residing in the federal territory of Austria.

Descendants of these people up to the third generation (children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren), including children who were adopted as minors, are all eligible.

Take the first step today and click below to take our free Initial Eligibility Assessment.

Why Should I Apply for Austrian Citizenship?

Enjoying dual citizenship is undoubtedly an advantage, whether you want to move to Austria, reside in a country in the European Union or simply spend some time in Europe. From a personal or financial point of view, an entire continent full of opportunities opens up. There are many reasons to consider obtaining Austrian citizenship.

By obtaining Austrian citizenship, you acquire rights and privileges, such as the right to reside and work in Austria and any other country in the European Union. Austrian citizenship will give you access to many job opportunities in Austria and in other countries of the European Union.

Open the door to a continent of possibilities, for you and your family!!

By becoming a Austrian citizen, you will be able to study and work legally throughout the European Union, in countries such as Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, without special permits. As an EU citizen, you will automatically have the right to advanced medical care and treatment in any EU country.

Learn more about the benefits of holding citizenship with an EU Member State here.

What do I need to Apply for Austrian Citizenship?

With the right help, applying for your Austrian citizenship is easy! With the help of our network of genealogists, we are able to search for documents to prove ancestry, and our network of lawyers will craft you the perfect application with the highest chances of success.

Keep reading to learn more about how we do this, and to take the first steps on your journey to open a continent of possibilities!

Why EuroPassport?

EuroPassport is the first Canadian company to offer people an easy and affordable way to obtain legal European citizenship. Based in Toronto, Canada, we are a team of trusted immigration lawyers, genealogists and documentation specialists who have pioneered an efficient process for our clients to obtain the Austrian Citizenship they seek. Our experts take care of all the paperwork, in optimal deadlines.

  1. We take away the paperwork hassle, bureaucracy, legal complexity – and work on your behalf, using the most efficient route to obtain the citizenship you seek.
  2. Our streamlined process cuts out lengthy waits and confusing roadblocks to citizenship. Look to us to expedite your Austrian citizenship and deliver in optimal timelines.
  3. Skip the exorbitantly high legal fees. Our migration experts and a team of Canadian and European legal advisors have refined a process that is considerably more cost-efficient, especially for those with family roots in Europe.
  4. We are a respected Canadian company based in Toronto – so you won’t have to deal with distant overseas law firms. Our track record is remarkable, as the first and only fully registered European Immigration services business in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is only for victims of the holocaust, during the years in which the Third Reich was in government.

Learn more about other means of applying for Austrian citizenship by descent/ancestry here.

The Third Reich was in government from 1933 to 1945.

Yes, if your parents were in Austria between 1933-1945 and were forced to leave between 1933-1955, then you are entitled to eligibility.

No, only victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution and their descendants will be able to claim Austrian citizenship.

The waiting time will depend on each case; however, the average time is 12-18 months.

When you apply for citizenship, any previous denial may hamper your chances on subsequent applications. For example: declaring a date that is incorrect according to laws and legislations. Remember that immigration laws are constantly changing, and we are keeping up with every change, which may affect the required documents. We also have a network of lawyers and genealogists in Europe who will prepare and supervise your application. We have the potential to prepare the most formidable application for citizenship you can submit. Do you want to risk your chances? We will do everything for you.

This will depend on the complexity of the case and how many documents you have to prove your family ancestry and link with the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. Our price starts from $2,700 per adult and $1,500 for a child. Depending on how far back in ancestry we need to go, it is important to consider that you may also need genealogical or document research. We offer a 5% discount for families of 2-4 members and further discounts for larger families.

Yes, Austria allows dual citizenship in some cases, including to those people who apply for citizenship through the new law.

Through the general eligibility, you are eligible to apply for Austrian citizenship if you have at least one parent or grandparent who was born in Austria. Being an Austrian citizen automatically makes you a European citizen with access to the many benefits/freedoms guaranteed in all EU countries.

Learn more about other means of applying for Austrian citizenship by descent/ancestry here.

You don’t need to know German (the official language in Austria) to apply for Austrian citizenship by descent.

Yes, we also conduct genealogical research in Austria. If you are interested in finding out more about your Austrian ancestors, contact us for details.

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