Naturalisation, the act of investing a foreigner with the status of Austrian citizen Citizenship. The conditions under which the privilege of naturalisation is granted are laid down in the Citizenship Act of 1985. Under certain circumstances there is a legal claim to naturalisation (e.g. marriage to an Austrian citizen). In normal cases, the usual requirement for naturalisation is a period of residence in Austria of at least 10 continuous years. This period can be shortened, specially if the naturalisation of a certain person is in the public interest. Naturalisation is within the competence of the provincial governments.
Literature#W. Zeyringer and H. Mussger, Staatsbuergerschaftsgesetz, 1985; Staatsbuergerschaftsverordnung, 1985/86.