Each program for a work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria has its own eligibility requirements. Here, you will find a brief overview of some of the key criteria used to evaluate eligibility to apply for a work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria through various programs. Of course, our experienced immigration lawyers can review your details and evaluate your eligibility to apply for the work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria that best matches your personal profile.
Red-White-Red (RWR) Card Program – This points-based program offers a job-seeker visa to Austria OR a work visa to Austria to qualified skilled foreign workers for varying lengths of time (i.e., six months for job-seekers or 12 months for those with a qualifying offer of employment in Austria who meet all of the criteria for the Austrian RWR Card). The requirements for each of these Red-White-Red Card programs are summarized below:
- Job-Seeker Visa for Very Highly-Qualified Workers – A minimum of 70 points out of 100 points possible is required to apply for this points-based Job-Seeker Visa to Austria, which allows a very highly-qualified skilled foreign worker (such as a scientist, high-level manager and individuals in certain other occupations) to live in Austria for up to six months so they may search for jobs in Austria. Being able to legally live in Austria can help make seeking Austrian employment easier, since a skilled foreign worker can visit companies and interview in person from inside the country, as well as look for potential places to live in Austria. Once they obtain qualifying Austrian employment, they may then apply for a Red-White-Red (RWR) Card to work in Austria with a specific employer for 12 months. Points are based on the following criteria:
- Special Qualifications and Skills – Maximum of 40 points possible
- Work Experience – Maximum of 20 points possible
- Language Skills – Maximum of 10 points possible
- Age – Maximum of 20 points possible
- Studies in Austria – Maximum of 10 points possible
- RWR Card for Skilled Workers in Shortage Occupations – A minimum of 50 out of 75 points possible is required to apply for this points-based work visa to Austria, which allows skilled foreign workers in shortage occupations to work in Austria for twelve months with a specific employer (i.e., if they change employers, they must apply for a new Red-White-Red Card work visa to Austria). Points are based on the following criteria:
- Qualifications – Maximum of 30 points possible
- Work Experience According to Qualification – Maximum of 10 points possible
- Language Skills – Maximum of 15 points possible
- Age – Maximum of 20 points possible
EU Blue Card Program – This work visa program allows an eligible skilled foreign worker to live and work in Austria for up to two years and to apply for an Austrian work visa through the Red-White-Red Card Plus Program once they have worked legally at least 21 months in Austria during the previous 24 months according to the terms of their EU Blue Card. Requirements to apply for the EU Blue Card include:
- Proof of completion of a tertiary (post-secondary) or other approved educational program that lasted at least three years in duration (such as a university degree)
- Proof of possessing a valid one-year binding job offer for highly-qualified employment in the field for which they received their education
- Proof that they “will earn a gross income equaling one and a half times the average gross annual income of a full-time employee in Austria (in 2014: annual gross salary of at least € 55,975.50 that is about € 3,998 gross per month)”
- There must be a labor market opinion showing that the job in Austria the applicant has been offered cannot be filled by an Austrian worker or by a non-Austrian worker who is registered with the AMS and currently in the Austrian labor market
Red-White-Red (RWR) Card Plus Program – This program offers a work visa to Austria to qualified skilled foreign workers for 1-3 years and permits “unrestricted employment” in Austria (i.e., there is no need to apply for a new work visa if one changes employers in Austria). The RWR Card Plus also has the option to be renewed and could “open the door” for eventual Austrian permanent residency. The requirements to apply for the Red-White-Red Card Plus Program include:
- Possessing a Red-White-Red (RWR) Card
- Continuous employment in Austria for a minimum of 10 months within the 12 previous months according to the terms of the Red-White-Red (RWR) Card
- Eligible family members of Red-White-Red (RWR) Card holders may also be able to qualify for the Austrian RWR Card Plus
Please note that this is a brief overview of some of the key requirements for applying for a work visa/job-seeker visa to Austria and is subject to change at any time by the Austrian government. Furthermore, it should be noted that the citizens of certain countries (such as member countries of the EU/EEA or Switzerland) do not need a visa to stay in Austria as long as they have a valid passport and ID, however, they may need to follow other procedures, such as applying for a Registration Certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung).
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.