Permanent immigration - Red-White-Red Card
Criteria-based Immigration to Austria
Austria has a flexible immigration scheme: the Red-White-Red Card. It aims to facilitate the immigration of qualified third-country workers and their families with a view to permanent settlement in Austria, based on personal and labour-market related criteria.
The related set of rules entered into force on 1 July 2011.
The Red-White-Red Card is issued for a period of twelve months and entitles the holder to fixed-term settlement and employment by a specified employer.
The following persons are eligible for a Red-White-Red Card:
General Granting Requirements
The following requirements must be fulfilled for any residence title to be granted:
Adequate means of subsistence
The applicant must have fixed and regular own income enabling him/her to cover his/her living costs without resorting to welfare aid from local authorities. At the time of application the regular monthly income must be equal to the amount of the standard rates of the General Social Insurance Act (ASVG).
- For singles: €889.84
- For couples: €1,334.17
- For each child additionally €137.30
Health Insurance Coverage
The applicant must have health insurance coverage providing benefits in Austria.
Adequate accommodation according to local standards
The applicant must provide evidence of a legal title to an accommodation (e.g. by providing a lease contract), considered adequate for his/her family size according to local standards.
Further information and useful links
- Application forms for the Red-White-Red Card (German)
- Application forms for the Jobseeker Visa and criteria data sheet (German/English)
Laws and Provisions
- Settlement and Residence Act (German)
- Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (pdf - 538 KB; English)
- Austrian consular representations (English)