Austria Red White Red Card
Austria Red-White-Red Card (RWR Card) is new criteria
based immigration scheme. It aims at a more flexible immigration of qualified
third-country work force and their families who wish to settle permanently
in Austria according to personal and labour market criteria. The most
important requirements are qualification, work experience, age, language
skills, offer of employment according to the qualification and minimum
Austria RWR Card is an excellent option for foreigners,
which allows them to qualify under point base system, to seek job in Austria.
The RWR card will be issued for 12 months after finding a Job which is
relevant to your qualifications. Successful Skilled Jobseekers will be
allowed a 6 months residence permit in Austria and pursue their Job. This
will also allow you to take your spouse and children below 18. Your spouse
can obtain a RWR card Plus and start working in Austria. RWR card plus
with complete labor market access can be provided after completing at
least 10 months with the current employer. After 5 years of residence
status, get Permanent Residency and eventually Citizenship.
Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe having
a population of about 8.4 million people. Austria's terrain is highly
mountainous due to the presence of the Alps. It is bordered by the Czech
Republic and Germany to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia
and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal
states. The majority of the population speaks German, which is also the
country's official language. The capital and largest city, with a population
exceeding 1.6 million, is Vienna. It has been ranked the second best city
in the world, after Melbourne.
Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per
capita GDP of $43,723 (2010 est.). The country has developed a high standard
of living and in 2010 was ranked 25th in the world for its Human Development
Index. Austria joined the European Union in 1995.
To apply for the visa, applicants must pass certain criteria
related to age, education, experience, and language skills.
This is a points based category and the applicant must get at least 70
points out of 100 points on various parameters like age/work experience/qualifications/language
skills/Pay scale/adaptability (Education from Austria). Highly qualified
workers who are at a managerial level or with relevant qualifications
and extensive years of experience and a commitment to work and settle
in Austria. A 6 months visa will be granted to search for Jobs in Austria
and obtain a RWR card with an employment offer. This is the category for
applicants who do not have a ready Job offer.
Foreign citizens who are ready to take up an employment with a company
in Austria (job offer required) as a key worker based on their qualifications,
can apply under this category. This is a point based category and the
applicant must get 50 points out of a maximum of 75 points.
Students who graduates from universities and colleges of higher education
in Austria and have a Job offer relevant to the education.
According to Social Affairs Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer, Austria requires
overseas migrant labour to deal with skills shortages over the next 10
to 15 years.
- Hold university qualifications
for minimum duration of 4 years in relevant to the nominated occupation
which is at a managerial level
- Have sufficient funds for the
intended stay in Austria which is required at the time of application.
Experience with relevant qualification or as senior manager
- Basic level of language skills
in German (A2) or English (intensified elementary use) to work in the
- Aged between 18 and 45 to claim
This Card is issued to very highly qualified/key workers
and professionals in shortage professions to live and settle permanently
Skilled workers in shortage professions and other key workers need a Job
offer to apply for a RWR Card.
The Highly Qualified Worker program is a points based scheme that allows
you to work in Austria without a job offer. You are allowed to stay for
6 months without a job offer.
The RWR card will be issued for 12 months after finding a job which is
relevant to your qualifications. This will also allow you to take your
spouse and children below 18. Your spouse can obtain a RWR card Plus and
start working in Austria.
RWR card plus with complete labor market access can be provided after
completing at least 10 months with the current employer which further
allows you to gain the permanent residency after 5 years of residence
You can get your Citizenship after 5 years following your permanent residence
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