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Permanent immigration - Red-White-Red Card

Criteria-based Immigration to Austria

Austria has introduced a flexible new 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.

Red-White-Red Card

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:

Red-White-Red Card plus

This card entitles the holder to fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access.

The following persons are eligible for a Red-White-Red Card plus:

Family members are defined as:

  • spouses
  • registered partners
  • minor children, including adopted children and stepchildren (up to the age of 18).

At the time of filing the application, spouses and registered partners must be at least 21 years of age.

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