How is a statement of commitment made?

Private hosts, companies and associations may directly contact the regional police directorate (Landespolizeidirektion) responsible for their main residence or company/association headquarters through a body authorised to represent the company or association or a duly authorised person and submit an electronic statement of commitment (EVE) free of charge there. The information on the host’s financial standing must be evidenced to the regional police directorate.

Please contact the competent regional police directorate in advance by telephone to arrange for an appointment and to enquire about the required evidence and documents to be submitted in the given case. Private hosts must present the following documents: ID, residency registration certificate, proof of earnings/income (e.g. pay slip, income tax notice, income tax return, current income/expenditure statement), lease or similar, evidence of support payments for dependents, if any, loans, possibly a self-disclosure from the credit rating bureau or similar, and documents that evidence the relation to the visa applicant. Business hosts must present the following documents: ID of the company’s authorised representative, extract from the companies register/trade licence, proof of the company’s credit standing (submission of e.g. financial statements, income /expenditure statement, credit rating information from the Austrian official credit bureau KSV), possibly a power of attorney (executed on official letterhead with a corporate stamp and signature(s) of the bodies authorised to represent the company). For invitations by an association, the following documents must be presented: ID of the representative, extract from the register of associations, charter, proof of the association’s activity and credit standing (submission of e.g. balance sheet, confirmation from a tax advisor), possibly a power of attorney (with the signature(s) of the bodies authorised to represent the association. Whenever the credit standing cannot be clearly proven or established, a supplementary credit rating information issued by KSV, the official Austrian credit bureau, may be required

Pleaseprovide the applicant’s passport number. After having submitted an electronic statement of commitment, the host will receive an ID number for conveyance to the applicant. The applicant may file the application not earlier than 48 hours after the electronic statement of commitment has been submitted with the competent Austrian representation abroad indicating his or her ID number under which the authority can retrieve the corresponding statement of commitment. An electronic statement of commitment cannot be filed, if the visa is applied for with a Schengen embassy representing Austria in granting visas. In such a case you should contact the Austrian diplomatic representation responsible for the consular district and enquire, whether the statement of commitment can be made electronically.

Please note: Before filing an electronic statement of commitment, the host will receive a factsheet. Please read the factsheet carefully and comply with the requirements.

The fact that a visa has been granted does no guarantee later entry to Austria. If grounds are identified when crossing the border that would lead to rejection, the visa may be cancelled and entry may be refused.