Austria Red White Red Card

Overview - Austria Visa Process

The RWR card is fashioned after the US Green Card and named after colors in the Austrian national flag. It gives points to migrants based on their age, education, previous pay scales, and work experience and German language proficiency.

The RWR Card model aims to make the immigration system more efficient especially to the third-country workforce that is qualified, including their families who desire to settle in Austria permanently, according to the labor market and personal criteria.

The Interior Ministry seeks to provide 8,000 Red-White-Red cards every year; however, the overall immigration limit will remain intact.

About 35,000 migrants visit Austria annually to live there permanently out of which one-third come to stay with their family members who are permanently resident in Austria. The new regulations were implemented on 1st July 2011.

RWR Card

The following can apply for RWR Card:

  • Skilled workers in shortage professions
  • Very highly qualified workers
  • Other key workers
  • Austria Universities and colleges of higher education graduates

Categories of RWR Card

The RWR Card has two different groups:

  • RWR Card: access to residence and employment with just a particular employer
  • RWR Card plus: access to the residence and unlimited access to the labor market

Assessment and Application

Very highly qualified workers

Very highly qualified workers with no employer in Austria may apply for a visa to seek employment with the competent Austrian consulate or embassy of their residential country. This visa is conditional on the achievement of minimum points necessary for the grant by the applicant as confirmed by the Labour Market Service for Vienna (otherwise known as AMS Wien).

Highly qualified worker

A highly qualified worker who holds a visa to seek employment can apply for an RWR Card with Austria competent residence authority if a legally-binding and valid work contract is submitted during the visa validity period. The employment is given based on the applicant's qualification, and they must be remunerated adequately.

Skilled workers in shortage professions

These and other key workers may apply for an RWR Card with a competent Austrian embassy or consulate. The application is submitted with the prospective employer declaration, on compliance with the conditions of the employment. Applicants who do not require a visa for entry and foreign Austria universities graduates, holding a competent residence authority confirmation may submit their application directly with authority, which examines and submits the application based on the admission criteria.

Family members

Family members of highly qualified workers, skilled and key workers may apply for an RWR Card plus with a competent Austrian embassy or consulate after lawful entry with no visa with a competent Austrian residence authority.

Other Key Workers

Third-country nationals who desire to get employed in undertakings as key workers based on their qualifications may also apply for a Red-White-Red Card with twelve months validity upon the fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. The prospective employer will pay key workers the following statutory minimum salary: those over age 30: € 2,664 and € 2,220 for those under 30 (2013) with gross monthly pay including special payments (Christmas and holiday pay),
  2. No placement for an equally qualified person that has been registered as a job seeker at the Public Employment Service (AMS).
  3. The key workers get the needed points for qualifying.
  4. The required documents are:

    • Health insurance
    • Valid passport
    • Proof of birth date
    • Accommodation arrangement document
    • Family members such as spouses, registered partners (21 years and above), unmarried minors, etc. can accompany the primary card holder with a Red-White-Red Card Plus.Family members are:

    For dependents RWR Card Plus, the following documents are required:

    • Health insurance coverage
    • Financial statement
    • Accommodation arrangement
    • Proof of relationship with the dependent

RWR Card Plus

The following applicants can also apply for RWR Card plus:

  • Family members of EU Blue Card holders and applicant groups 1 to 4
  • Family members of foreign citizens that are permanently settled in Austria

Austria Permanent Residency

You can obtain the Austrian Permanent Residence after staying in Austria for five years. This excludes the period spent for study purposes.

The applicant must possess the following:

  • Austrian permanent resident status for citizenship eligibility
  • sufficient knowledge of the Austrian language with no criminal record

The applicant will have to renounce their current nationality while becoming an Austrian citizen

Visa Fee

The application fee charged by Austrian Embassy for Austria Red-White-Red (RWR) Card is 100 Euro.

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Disclaimer: Embassy charges could change without prior notice. It is always advisable to confirm before the submission of the application.

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