Many people looking for international jobs apply for a work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria. This magnificent mountainous country is located in central Europe north of Italy and Slovenia; south of Germany and the Czech Republic; east of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; and west of Slovakia and Hungary. Approximately 62% of Austria lies in the beautiful Eastern Alps, famous for scenic snow-capped peaks and pine forests, while the rest of the country lies at an altitude below 1,640 feet (500 meters) and includes rolling hills and lush green plains. Austria is also well-known for its ski resorts, picturesque castles, wine country and meandering rivers (such as the Danube).

Austria has one of the highest living standards found anywhere on Earth. For example, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranked Austria #11 for life satisfaction in the 2017 OECD Better Life Index. In 2017, US News & World Report published the results of a survey of 21,000 people around the globe which found that Austria is considered the #9 best country in the world for quality of life. Additionally, the 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey ranked Austria as the 9th best country overall for expats to live and work abroad and rated Austria #4 in the world for quality of life. The 2017 Inter Nations Expat Insider survey ranked Austria as the 7th best country to live and work abroad for quality of life and #2 for health and well-being. Furthermore, Austria is one of the most peaceful places on the planet. For example, the 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI) rated Austria as the #4 safest country out of 163 countries examined, while the Legatum Institute rated Austria #6 in the world for safety and security in 2017. Austria is also one of the richest countries in the world. For example, the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index ranked Austria #15 overall for prosperity out of the 149 countries evaluated. Needless to say, Austria is a prime destination for thousands of foreign nationals who are seeking better opportunities in life by working abroad!

Consistently boasting one of the world’s lowest unemployment rates for the past several years, Austria offers skilled foreign workers many great employment opportunities. As of January 2018, the unemployment rate in Austria was 5.5 percent, which was among the lowest in Europe, according to the European Commission’s EuroStat data. It is especially impressive that even during the height of the recent global economic crisis, Austria continued to enjoy “full employment” (i.e., an unemployment rate at or below 5 percent). Approximately 69.8% of Austrian GDP comes from the services sector, while industry, trade (particularly with neighboring Germany) and agriculture account for the rest. With its strong economy and ongoing shortage of skilled labor, this may be the perfect time to apply for a job-seeker visa or work visa to Austria!

The population of Austria (2018) is around 8.7 million, which includes over a million residents who were foreign-born. In 2014, the largest immigrant populations living in Austria came from Germany, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia and Russia. Although German is the official language spoken by around 89% of the population, other languages are also used in Austria such as Croatian, English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenian and Turkish.

Vienna (also referred to as “Wien”) is the capital of Austria and is its largest city, boasting a population of about 1.75 million (around 20% of Austria’s total population). Known as the “City of Music” because several of the world’s greatest musicians were either born there (e.g., Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss) or created their musical works in the city (e.g., Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, etc.), Vienna was also the home of the famous psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud. Vienna was ranked by the Mercer international human resources (HR) firm in 2018 as the #1 best city on Earth for high quality of life out of around 230 cities evaluated around the globe, while the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated Vienna in August 2017 as the #2 “Most Livable City in the World” out of 140 cities surveyed. Thus, as the political, economic and cultural capital of Austria and known for its high standard of living, Vienna is a prime destination for skilled foreign workers seeking overseas employment and better opportunities for life. Other large cities in Austria include Graz (269,997), Linz (193,814), Salzburg (146,631), Innsbruck (124,579) and Klagenfurt (96,640), where many international jobs can also be found.

Whether you are living and working in historic Vienna, beautiful Innsbruck or another city in this incredible country, you will have the opportunity to earn a good income and experience the amazing Austrian lifestyle if approved for a work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria.

NOTE: The work visa application process for Austria is a complicated and time-consuming procedure. Therefore, we do not encourage people to apply for a work visa at this time and are not currently assisting with the procedure, although individuals may choose to do so on their own.