Work in Austria
Austria is considered to be one of the best places to live in Europe. This is not surprising considering how clean and safe it is, its natural beauty, music, and the cultural offer. Austria, is also one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, with a stable and prominent social economy.The validity of work visas varies depending on the type of visa. Usually, they are valid for periods over six months up to 12 months.
Work visas in Austria
There are below mentioned three types of work permits available in Austria:
The EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card is a European programme aimed at highly skilled non-EU workers. It is a merit-based system that facilitates the immigration process for non-EU citizens. All EU member states, except Denmark, the UK, and Ireland issue the EU Blue Card. Non-EU citizens who already have the EU Blue card but work in another member-state, can more easily obtain a work permit for Austria.
Once the applicant has secured a job offer, they may apply for the EU Blue Card. Similarly to the Red-White-Red Card, the EU Blue Card is also linked to a specific job at a specific company.
Individuals are eligible to apply for an EU Blue Card if they have:
- Non-EU citizenship
- Higher degree of education or are professionally experienced
- Employment contract or binding employment offer
- Will earn a gross annual income of at least one and a half times the average gross annual income of full-time employees
- To be eligible for a EU Blue Card, there can be no equally qualified Austrian or EU available for the job.
The Red-White-Red Card
The Red-White-Red Card is high-skilled immigration programme called created by Austria. It allows highly skilled non-EU workers to apply for a job and obtain a work permit.
To qualify as a highly skilled worker, applicants must score more than 70 points. Points are given depending on professional qualifications, work experience, language ability and the salary levels of the applicant.
To apply for a Red-White-Red Card applicants must meet the general criteria of
- being a highly skilled worker obtaining more than 70 points in the Red-White-Red system,
- be a self-employed skilled worker, or a graduate of an Austrian university.
This visa hasa maximum validity of 24 months, after which time can be renewed, or be substituted for a Red-White-Red Card Plus, which will allow its holder to work for any company in Austria.
The Jobseeker Visa
The Jobseeker visa is issued to highly qualified non-EU citizens who are looking for a job in Austria, but do not have an offer. To be eligible for the Job seeker visa, applicants need to score a minimum of 70 points out of a maximum of 100 points based on the points criteria system which includes:
- Graduation from an institution of higher education
- Special qualifications and skills
- Special qualifications and skills in the subjects mathematics, informatics,natural sciences or technology
- Post-doctoral qualification or PhD
- Research and innovation activities
- Work experience
- Language skills
- Studies in Austria
The Jobseeker Visa is valid for six months and allows its holder to stay in Austria and look for a job legally. The Jobseeker visa is not a work permit. Once the applicant has received a job offer, they are required to apply for a work permit, like a Red-White-Red Card, for example.
There are several options to apply for a Red-White-Red Card depending on the applicant's skills, qualifications, and desired career path. After submitting the above requirements to the local Austrian embassy, applicants must pay a fee. For example, those needing a jobseeker visa to cover their time in Austria before applying for a full work permit will owe 120 EUR for the Red-White-Red Card.
The immigration authorities' website lays out all the ways you can get a work visa in Austria depending on your employee's category and desired visa. If you're not sure which is best for your circumstances, we recommend consulting with a local immigration specialist or agency. Better yet, you can also contract a Global PEO such as Globalization Partners to handle all of this for you.
Requirement to apply a work permit
To apply for a work visa, the applicant must have a valid job offer from an Austrian company. First-issued work visas are associated with a job and employer. If an applicant switches employer before the visa expires, they will have to submit a new application to link the new job to their visa.
To apply for a Work Visa, applicants must also provide the following documents:
- Visa application form
- Two recent passport-size photographs
- Copy of birth certificate and Apostille
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of sufficient financial means
- Proof of accommodation in Austria
- Proof of completion of a course at a university or other educational institution with a minimum duration of three years
- Employer's declaration
Applicants are also required to provide evidence for any claim made in the application, i.e.; degree certificates, tax statements, references, work experience, and proof of language skills.
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