Requirements for translators in Austria
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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Sep 12

There is no category "translation in Austria", so I am posting it as "getting established". What are the requirements for a translator to get a business licence in Austria (and is it a business licence, or something else)? I might have to move there for some time and to register as a resident, but I am afraid I would not be allowed to continue my business, as I 1) don't speak German, 2) have no higher education (but 30 years of successful practice). My clients are all over the world, none in Austria, although some have branch offices there, so it is theorically possible I would work for an Austrian client (but unlikely in view of my language pairs) - just to say that I wouldn't take work away from the locals. In my current country, there are no special qualification requirements for a translator, so my existing licence is no proof of qualification that could be recognized there. Thanks in advance for any insight!

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Roy Williams  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 09:18
German to English
Eur 120 / year Sep 12

In Austria, translation falls under the category Sprachdienstleistung. This also includes interpreting, and language instruction. For translation, at least when I applied for a Gewerbeschein or (business license), there were no other requirements than paying the application fee and the annual fee thereafter. You will be required to have health insurance however, if you're not already insured through an employer.

For more info see https://www.wko.at/service/suche.html?searchTerm=gewerbeschein


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Sep 12

This is a relief, I was afraid there would be qualification requirements as in some other countries!

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