As my Aufenthaltsbewilligung expires in a few weeks, today was get-your-Austrian-residence-permit-renewed-day. This morning I headed off to the Visa Amt with my papers — application, contract from the theater, work permit (Beschäftigungsbewilligung), passport — and promptly hit a snag. My passport expires in January. The residence permit can only by issued within the duration of my passport, which means that if I did nothing, I’d have to reapply in 3 months. So, this afternoon it was get-your-U.S.-passport-renewed-by-mail-day, which involves padded envelopes, application, photo with stringent size requirement which must be stapled to the application just so, insured mail and SASE with the registered mail slip NOT attached. And fees all around, natürlich. Incidentally the government shut-down the the U.S. has not affected the embassies, outside of their announcement that they will not be updating their website during this time. Consular services are open.
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