Application and Verification

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs: Text: CIC

The application forms have been available on the Federal Ministry for the Interior websites since 1st July 2011 at: http://www.migration.gv.at/de/service-und-links/downloads.html and are being adapted to the new rules.

A) Highly skilled

Procedure/Application

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Text: CIC


a. (Especially) highly skilled
 

How do I proceed?

1. If you don’t have an employer in Austria, you initially apply for a residence visa for jobhunting from the Austrian representation authority (embassy, consulate) in your own country or in the country where you are living. (You receive a positive notification when the employment service (AMS) confirms to the representation authority that the necessary points for admission have been met.


2. You need an employment offer from an employer within the validity period of the visa with an employment contract.

Careful! The intended employment must be related to the applicant’s qualification and he or she must be paid an adequate salary. The employment service (AMS) checks and confirms whether or not these criteria are met!

3. You must show the employment contract to the appropriate residence authority in Austria and with it (since 1.7.2011!) you may apply for an RWR Card for twelve months there. This entitles you to the employment with this employer.


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B) Professionals in shortage occupations

Procedure/Application

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Text: CIC

b. Professionals in shortage occupations

How do I know if I’m working in a shortage occupation?

Shortage occupations are announced every year by the Federal Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection in consultation with the Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth in an ordinance.

How do I proceed?

1. First of all, you obtain a statement about the observance of the terms of employment on the part of your intended employer.

2. You apply (since July 1st 2011!) for an RWR Card for twelve months from the Austrian representation authority (embassy, consulate) abroad. Here you also give in the explanation about the observance of the terms of employment.

If you 1. can prove that you have completed a vocational training in a shortage occupation and 2. that you have attained the pass mark according to the catalogue of criteria on page 4, you will receive an RWR Card without a labour market test.

The RWR Card entitles you to employment with this employer. Furthermore, the employer is obligated by law, ordinance or collective agreement to pay you the minimum wage allowed, and the company’s customary supplementary payments too if applicable.

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C) Other key workers

Procedure/Application

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Text: CIC 

c. Other key workers

Third country nationals, who with their qualifications want to take up a position as a key worker in a company, can receive an RWR Card for twelve months if they

1. have the minimum points necessary according to the catalogue of criteria (page 5)

2. receive the statutory minimum gross pay from the intended employer.

This means:

- for the under 30’s: 50% of the Maximum Contributions according to the General Social Insurance Act (ASVG) (2011: €2,325 gross per month), plus supplementary payments

- for the over 30’s: 60% of the Maximum Contributions according to the General Social Insurance Act (ASVG) €2,790 gross per month), plus supplementary payments and

3. the employer’s Job Centre (AMS) is unable to find any equally qualified native key workers, or foreign ones who have already integrated and been pencilled in by the Job Centre (labour market test).

How do I proceed?

For the most part, the same criteria apply as with professionals. Key workers who have special knowledge or skills do not have to prove a formal educational attainment. Professional athletes and professional sports trainers receive 20 bonus points.

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D) Foreign graduates

Procedure/Application

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Text: CIC 

d. Foreign graduates

How do I proceed?

1. Following the successful completion of a Masters (at least the second section) or another postgraduate programme, apply - in good time before the residence permit expires – for a certificate at the appropriate residence authority in Austria (District Authority, Municipal Office in Vienna Municipal Department 35). With this certificate you are allowed to continue jobhunting in Austria for a further six months.

2. Within this period you must find an offer of employment that is appropriate for your level of education (qualification and salary) from a real employer with an employment contract.

3. You apply (since 1st July 2011!) for an RWR Card at the appropriate residence authority in Austria (District Authority, Municipal Office in Vienna Municipal Department 35). You must present the employment contract. The RWR Card entitles you to work for this employer.

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Red-White-Red-Card

Red-White-Red card: Immigration System from 1st July 2011

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Text: CIC

Since 1st July 2011 a new immigration system has applied in Austria. The aim is to offer qualified workers from third countries (countries outside the EU) and their family members an immigration process to Austria that is governed by specific criteria and is geared towards the long term.

The Red-White-Red Card

This entitles somebody to residency and to a fixed-term employment with a particular employer.

The following people may apply for an RWR Card:

1. The (particularly) highly skilled

2. Specialists in shortage occupations

3. Other key employees and/or

4. Foreign graduates

5. Self-employed key employees.

More information and further information regarding long-term immigration:

https://www.migration.gv.at/en/types-of-immigration/permanent-immigration/

The following also applies to all applicants:

The RWR Card is only issued by the Citizenship and Registry Offices if all other general requirements in accordance with the Settlement and Residence Act have been met.


Status 04/2015 

Red-White-Red-Card Plus

Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs: Text: CIC

a. Family members of highly qualified persons, professionals and key workers who have already received a RWR card.

They can (since 1st July 2011!) apply for an RWR Plus Card at the Austrian representative authority abroad or after visa-free entry to the appropriate residence authority in Austria (District Authority, Municipal Office in Vienna Municipal Department 35). This card entitles family members to unlimited labour market access so that from the start of their residency they may be gainfully employed in the economic and social fabric of Austria.

Family members means the following: spouses, registered partners and children up to the age of 18 (residence permit/family unit).


Further requirements for receiving an RWR Plus Card are the following.

· Before entry, the family members must have proof of knowledge of German to A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (Exception: family members of the highly skilled and holders of an EU Blue Card).

· The family income must be enough to live on.

Yearly quotas for the family reunification of foreigners who have already settled permanently are stated in the settlement ordinance of the federal government. No quotas exist for any immigrants after this new model.


b. Applicants for an EU Blue Card

To obtain a two-year EU Blue Card the following requirements apply:

1. Completion of a university education of a minimum 3-year duration;

2. a year’s salary which amounts to 1.5 times the average annual gross salary for full-time employment (around €58,434 annual gross salary, so around €4,174 gross per month plus bonuses);

3. No equally qualified domestic candidates or integrated foreign workers have been earmarked by the AMS, who could have been placed with the employer by the AMS (labour market test).


Furthermore:

Holders of an EU Blue Card receive an RWR Plus Card with unlimited labour market access if they were appropriately employed for at least 21 months within the last 24 months of their qualification.


The family members of holders of an EU Blue Card receive a quota free RWR Plus card with unlimited labour market access.


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