Moving to a new country for work can be a big challenge, especially when it comes to filling out all of the paper work. There are different regulations for certain groups depending on the nationality, the kind of work one would undertake and the kind of residence permit (for nationals of third countries) one would apply for. Here is what you need to know about work visas.
Red-White-Red Card: Prerequisite for permanent immigration
If you’re planning to have a permanent settlement in Austria, the Red-White-Red Card might be the one for you. It is a combination of residence and employment permit. The Red-White-Red Card is valid for 12 months and entitles the holder to settlement in Austria and to work for a specific employer.
There are certain general requirements that you need to fulfil if you would like to receive a Red-White-Red Card:
Already at the time of application, you have to provide evidence of health insurance coverage that provides benefits in Austria and covers all risks. Alternative to an insurance policy, the authorities also accept a travel health insurance, but only if it includes a guarantee covering potential rescue and return costs. Visit the Federal Government’s website to get further information.
This legal title may be, for example, a rental contract for an apartment, a sublease, a (legally binding) preliminary contract, or even property. Visit the Federal Government’s website to get further information.
Further information and application forms can be found at the Federal Government’s website.
Red-White-Red Card plus
The Red-White-Red Card plus entitles migrants to settle down in Austria and get unlimited access to the Austrian labor market. All those who have been occupied for 10 months with the Red-White-Red Card within 12 months are able to apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus. Skilled workers and key workers with a Red-White-Red Card can take their family members with them to Austria. They receive a Red-White-Red Card plus immediately and get unlimited access to the Austrian labor market as well.
„Daueraufenthalt EU“(permanent residence EU)
Those who have been in Austria for 5 years can apply for the residence title “Daueraufenthalt EU”. The title authorizes to unlimited settlement with unlimited access to the labour-market. Advanced German skills (B1-Niveau) are required for it.
Further information can be found under “Daueraufenthalt EU” at the Federal Government’s website.
EU Blue Card
Third-country nationals may also be interested in the EU Blue Card if they have completed a course of study at a university or other tertiary educational institution with a minimum duration of three years. It is a combination of residence permit and employment permit. Temporary settlement and the employment with a certain employer are intended. The EU Blue Card is issued for a period of two years. Holders may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus if they have been employed for at least 21 months during the previous 24 months.
Jobseekers’ Visa for very highly qualified worker
This category is usually relevant for scientists and senior top-level managers. Workers need to achieve at least 70 out of 100 points to be considered very highly qualified according to the points system. This visa is valid for 6 months. You need to provide a proof of your qualifications and meet the general requirements. The application has to be filed at the representative authority of your home country.
Authorization of qualifications
For foreign workers, the approval of vocational qualifications can play an important part when it comes to entering the Austrian labour-market. To support the credit- and evaluation process, drop-in centres were established in Vienna, Linz, Graz and Innsbruck. Additionally, there are weekly consultation meetings in Feldkirch, St. Pölten, Wr. Neustadt, Klagenfurt and Salzburg.
The drop-in centres offer free counselling in different languages.