Austria covers an area of 83,878 square kilometres with a population of 8,822,267 residents (as of 1 January 2018), including 1,395,880 foreign citizens (15.8% of total population). In 2017, an average of 1,970 million people with migration background lived in Austria, that is 22.8% of the entire population.
Vienna is Austriaâ€™s most densely populated province with 4,500 residents per square kilometre; Tyrol and Carinthia are the least densely populated provinces with 59 inhabitants per square kilometre. The average life expectancy is for woman 83.9 years and for man 79.3 years.
There are three pathways for skilled applicant to austria immigration:
Third country nationals, i.e. persons, who are not EEA citziens or Swiss nationals, need a residence permit for Austria, when they plan to stay longer than six months. There are different types of residence permits. You can read about it on the following pages.
For stays up to six months third country nationals do not need a residence permit. They need a visa. For stays up to 90 days within 180 days a visa is not required for some third country nationals (depending on their citizenship).
You are a qualified worker and citizen of a third country (a country outside the EU) seeking to live and work in Austria? In this case you need the Red-White-Red Card. Your family members can apply for the Red-White-Red Card plus (please refer to the chapter on family reunification).
The Red-White-Red Card is issued for a period of 24 months and entitles you as the holder to fixed-term settlement and employment by the employer specified in your application.
You are eligible for a Red-White-Red Card if you belong to one of the following groups:
As a third-country citizen, you may apply for a Red-White-Red Card as a Skilled Worker in a Shortage Occupation valid for 24 months, you reach a minimum of 55 points according to the following list of criteria:
|Eligibility criteria for skilled workers||Points|
|Qualification||Maximum allowable points: 30|
|Completed vocational education/training in the shortage occupation||20|
|General eligibility for university admission||25|
|Completion of a programme of studies with a minimum duration of three years at an institution of tertiary education||30|
|Work experience matching one's qualification||Maximum allowable points: 20|
|Work experience (per year)||2|
|Work experience in Austria (per year)||4|
|German language skills||Maximum allowable points: 15|
|Elementary use of the German language on a basic level (A1 level)||5|
|German language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)||10|
|German language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)||15|
|English language skills||Maximum allowable points: 10|
|English language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)||5|
|English language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)||10|
|Age||Maximum allowable points: 15|
|Up to 30 years of age||15|
|Up to 40 years of age||10|
|Sum total of maximum allowable points:||90|
"Stay permits" are for temporary, time-limited residence on federal territory for a specific purpose.
The specific purposes are:
This section addresses individuals who are planning to work in Austria for a fixed period of time, as well as employers hiring out or posting employees to Austria.
Three categories can be distinguished:
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