Working in Austria
Information for students from EU/EEC countries, Croatia and "third countries"
Whether or not you are allowed to work in Austria depends on your nationality, the kind of work you would like to undertake and - for nationals of third countries - also on the kind of residence title:
Nationals of Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland are allowed to work in Austria without any further permit (e.g. work permit) being required.
Croatian nationals still need a work permit for gainful employment due to transitional arrangements until 2020. If you are carrying out a job that is not subject to the regulations of the Austrian Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals, you do not need a work permit. Activities that are not subject to the regulations of the Austrian Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals are for example: activities within the framework of exchange or research programmes of the European Union or activities in academic teaching and research.
Students from all other countries ("third countries") who are in possession of a residence permit for students ("Aufenthaltsbewilligung - Studierender") are allowed to work to a limited extent (for up to 20 hours/week - this permit will be granted without labour market check) and in accordance with the regulations set down in the Austrian Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz – AuslBG), which as a rule require a work permit. Please read the following regulations carefully. If you violate them you risk a hefty fine or even losing your residence permit. If you are in any doubt please make sure to enquire at the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice/AMS) or at an advice organisation before taking up a job.
Types of employment
There are two different types of employment that you have to distinguish between but both must not affect your studies (your studies have to be the primary purpose of staying in Austria):
- Employment with employment contract (Unselbständige Beschäftigung mit Dienstvertrag)
- Self-employment with a contract for work and labour (Selbständige Erwerbstätigkeit mit Werkvertrag)