Red-White-Red Card for permanent immigrants

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On July 1,2011 Austria introduced a new immigration scheme. Based on personal and labour-market criteria, it gives qualified third-country workers and their families a chance to get a fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access. They have to apply for a “Red-White-Red Card” which is issued for a period of twelve months and is exempt from the immigration quota.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Very highly qualified workers
  • Skilled workers in shortage occupations
  • Other key workers
  • Graduates of Austrian universities
  • Self-employed key workers

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Every person needs to submit an application form in German (“Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels“), including the purpose of stay. Moreover, there are following documents to attach:

  • 1 current (no older than six months) biometric  passport photo
  • Valid passport
  • birth certificate
  • if applicable: marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate, divorce decree or certificate proving the solution of a civil partnership
  • police clearance certificate from your country of origin (no more than 3 months old)
  • proof of legal entitlement to accommodation in Austria (e.g. ownership contract, lease contract)
  • proof of a health insurance that is valid in Austria and covers all risks
  • proof of regular expenditures in Austria such as rent, operating costs, child support payments, and loan repayment (current extract from the files of an officially recognised credit reference agency)
  • proof of sufficient means of subsistence from the intended employment (employment contract, preliminary contract)
  • employed key employees: written declaration by the employer (“Arbeitgebererklärung”) and proof of qualifications
  • self-employed key employees: business plan and business outlook including a start-up balance sheet
  • proof of A1 level German language skills is NOT required

In some cases it may be necessary to submit additional documents, specific for the status of a worker.  

It is required to submit the original and a copy of all documents, and also for those that were not originally issued in German, a certified translation. Depending on the country of issue the original documents need an apostille or diplomatic certification.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

  • The total costs to obtain a Red-White-Red Card is 120 euros.

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