Austria for Beginners is a new non-profit organisation based in Vienna supporting expats and migrants Austria-wide with their legal needs.
Their team of lawyers can assist with a wide ranging of integration issues that often affect newcomers to Austria. They offer legal consultations in English, German and Bulgarian in areas such as:
- Immigration law
- Administrative law
- Social insurance law
- Family law
- Contract Law
4 hours legal consultation is included with a membership (8 hrs for family memberships). For non-members a free 20 min consultation is available once a year.
They can also help with communication to third parties, filling out forms and accompanying and translating. A very useful service when dealing Austrian officials and their tedious bureaucracy!
Their hourly rate for this service is is €50 /hour for non-members and €40 /hour for members. Forms are subject to an individual tariff (members enjoy 20% discount from the price of all services).
There is also a series of informative seminars available to view on-line:
- Pregnancy and Maternity in Austria – legal aspects
- How to fill in your tax declaration
- The Austrian School System
- Consumer Protection
- Legal Stay in Austria for Non-EU Citizens
- Job Application Boot Camp
One seminar is free with membership and €35 (20% off) for the others . For non-members €42 per seminar.
Membership is €65 for individuals, €100 for families and €45 for students
There is also a monthly newsletter and a series of Living in Austria guides will be coming soon.
The Austria for Beginners team also plan to visit Graz every 4 – 6 months to hold in-person 20 min free legal consulations and seminars. Follow their facebook for updates on future visits, seminars and informational posts on subjects such as Kinderbetreuungsgeld.
They are a friendly team and are all foreigners themselves so very understanding of the issues newcomers in Austria have to deal with.
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