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Austria has decided to introduce a liberalized regime for issue of business visas to Austria, w.e.f. August 1, 2015. An MOU to this effect was signed between the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of Interior, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and WKO {Federal Chamber of Commerce}.

In an initial pilot phase, the new regime will be applicable only to India, China, and Indonesia.  The new regime envisages authorizing Austrian Trade Commissioners in these countries to recommend issue of visas to bonafide business travellers, largely eliminating the requirement of other supporting documents. Visas to business travellers are expected to be issued within five working days, and will also have long validity periods.  For first time business travellers to Austria, visas will have a validity of six months, for second time travellers three years, and for others up to 5 years.  The new scheme reflects Austria’s recognition of India as a trustworthy and an important business partner.

 
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