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How to apply for Austria work visa?

Posted on October 19, 2020
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Austria work visa

The European nation of Austria has one of its oldest economies which makes it a choice overseas career destination. Other factors in its favor include a high standard of living and opportunities for professional growth. Here are the work visa options available if you are thinking of working in Austria.

Citizens of non-EU countries must have the relevant work permit to work in Austria and live there. They will also require a work permit if they wish to stay longer than six months in the country.

The different types of work visas are:

Red-White-Red Card: It is valid for two years and the visa is linked with a specific employer. If you change your employer within those two years, you will have to apply for a new Red-White-Red card.

The following categories of individuals are eligible for this card:

  • Highly qualified persons
  • Skilled workers in professions where there is a shortage
  • Key workers
  • Graduates from Austrian Universities

Red-White-Red card plus: Employers who have worked with the same employer for a minimum of 21 months in the past 24 months are eligible>

The privileges of the Red-White-Red plus visa include:

  • Entitles holders to settlement in the country and unrestricted employment
  • Change their employer without the need to reapply for a permit
  • Family members are eligible to apply for the same card

Six-month residence visa: Those who wish to temporarily move to Austria to find a job can apply for this visa, which as the name suggests is valid for six months.

Students’ residence permit: Students who have completed their studies or relevant training in Australia can renew their residence permit for 12 more months to find a job or start a business.

Requirements to obtain a work visa

The Red-White-Red card is the most popular visa that overseas employees apply for. It is given to applicants after assessing them on a points-based system. The applicants must have enough points based on criteria like age, education, professional experience, language skills, etc.

Applicants are assessed by the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) which will evaluate the applicant and decide on the number of points. This will decide if the applicant is eligible for the visa. For instance, highly-skilled workers will require 70 points whereas skilled workers in shortage occupations will require 55 points.

The AMS will also decide which category the applicant falls under such as highly skilled workers or skilled workers who can fill shortages etc.

The requirements to apply for a visa varies with the type of visa the applicant is trying for. However, there is a common list of documents required, these include:

  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate or equivalent document
  • Recent photo
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of having enough funds

To meet the eligibility criteria, applicants must submit the following proof:

  • A university or higher education degree
  • Gross annual salary for a senior management position
  • Research and innovation activities
  • Awards and prizes
  • Testimonials and work certificates
  • Proof of language skills
  • Proof of studies in Austria

Application process:

Applicants must submit the relevant document at the local Austrian embassy and pay the required fees which varies with the type of visa. The application fees for the Red-White-Red card including the payment for the form are around 150 Euros.

Remember that the Austrian work permit does not give permission for residency. For this, you will have to apply for a separate residence permit.  For this you will have to show your work permit, income statement, and a letter from your employer. You can apply for a permanent residency after living in Austria for five years.

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