Disintegration test

The requirements for obtaining Austrian citizenship are laid down in the Austrian Citizenship Act (Staatsbürgerschaftsgesetz 2006) as part of the general prerequisites for naturalisation. They include some knowledge of the history of Austria and of the federal province the applicant lives in. Municipal Department 35 has prepared study documents and a list of questions for the history test. See here.

In any case, the applicant must fulfil the general prerequisites for naturalisation:

—no court convictions, no pending criminal proceedings in Austria or abroad, no major administrative offences
—no past revocation of applicant’s residence permit, no pending proceedings for termination of the applicant’s right to stay in Austria or in another EEA country, no revocation of expulsion issued within the past twelve months
—positive attitude to the Republic of Austria
—sufficient means of subsistence
—renunciation of the previous nationality (provided that renunciation is possible and can be reasonably expected of the applicant)
—knowledge of the democratic system and history of Austria and Vienna
—proof of command of the German language

The applicant must have had their continuous main residence (centre of vital interests and relations) here right before obtaining the Austrian citizenship.


As part of the Integration Agreement, migrants have to pass a German integration test at level A2, such as the 2011 ÖIF Test developed by the Austrian Integration Fund. Those who have passed this test have demonstrated sufficient German skills and receive a course certificate. Module 1 of the Integration Agreement is fulfilled after successful completion of the level A2 test. To acquire Austrian citizenship, you have to demonstrate sufficient German skills at level B1. The ÖIF offers the scaled German Test for Austria (DTÖ) for this purpose. However, to obtain citizenship you also have to pass a test on Austrian history, the democratic system, and the history of the state in which you live. This test can be taken at the responsible authority (municipal authority or administrative district authority) in your city or state.

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The new ÖIF Test is a level A2 test. It consists of the modules listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The written test takes approx. 85 minutes, the oral test 10 minutes per person. ÖIF Modelltest neu
The DTÖ tests listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in German. The entire test consists of a 100 minute written section and an oral section of around 16 minutes, which can either be done alone or in pairs. The test takers do not need to reach B1 in all areas (listening/reading, writing, and speaking) to get a B1 certificate. That means that the test takers will receive a B1 certificate if they reach level B1 in the speaking module as well as one of the other two modules (either listening/reading or writing). In order to receive a test certificate for level A2, this level has to be reached in both speaking and one of the other modules (listening/reading or writing). Deutsch-Test für Österreich. You can repeat these tests as often as you wish. You can take it again immediately. There are no time restrictions between test dates. But please be aware that your institute may charge you a fee for each attempt. If you take the test directly at ÖIF, there is also a test fee. Directly at ÖIF, the DTÖ or new ÖIF test costs €130 per person. 

How does one get reimbursed?
The authority responsible for you issues the blue voucher.
–German Integration Course: You have completed a course at a certified institute.
–18 months: You have to reach level A2 and pass an ÖIF test after 18 months.
–DTÖ or ÖIF Test: You demonstrate your language skills with one of the two ÖIF tests: German Test for Austria (DTÖ) or ÖIF Test.
If you comply with these conditions, you have a right to financial aid. The financial aid covers a maximum of 300 class hours or 50% of the course costs, a maximum of €750.

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