Red-White-Red Card plus
- Who is eligible for a Red-White-Red Card plus?
- Where should the application be filed?
- Which documents should be submitted?
- When will a Red-White-Red Card plus be issued?
- How long is the Red-White-Red Card plus valid?
- Further information and useful links
The Red-White-Red Card plus entitles third-country nationals to fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access (self-employment and gainful employment not limited to a specific employer).
Who is eligible for a Red-White-Red Card plus?
Renewal of the Red-White-Red Card or the EU Blue Card
- holders of a Red-White-Red Card, if they were employed in accordance with the requirements decisive for receiving the RWR Card for at least ten months within the preceding twelve months
- holders of an EU Blue Card, if they were employed in accordance with the requirements decisive for receiving the EU Blue Card for at least 21 months within the preceding 24 months
- family members of Red-White-Red Card holders or EU Blue Card holders
- family members of foreign citizens permanently settled in Austria
The following persons are considered family members:
- registered same-sex partners
- minor unmarried children, including adoptive and stepchildren (up to the age of 18)
At the time of application, spouses and registered partners must be at least 21 years of age.
You can find further information in the chapter on family reunification.
- Scientists and researchers who have held the residence title “Residence Permit Researcher” (“Aufenthaltsbewilligung Forscher”) for at least two years.
- Holders of a “Settlement Permit” (“Niederlassungsbewilligung”) or a “Settlement Permit – Dependant” (“Niederlassungsbewilligung – Angehöriger”), provided they
- have been lawfully settled in Austria for two years and are progressively integrated (have previously been lawfully employed or when – under certain circumstances – the admission to employment is necessary due to their particular, close social and family ties to Austria), or
- hold a valid work permit or a valid exemption certificate, or
- are family members of a third-country national who falls within the scope of item 1. or 2., provided they have been lawfully settled in Austria for twelve months.
- Persons who previously held the residence title “Permanent Residence – EU”, whose title has expired because of their prolonged residence outside of the EEA.
- Holders of a residence title based on grounds meriting consideration according to the Asylum Act (Asylgesetz) may switch in certain cases.
Where should the application be filed?
In case of a first-time application for a residence title (e.g. family members), it should be filed in person and before entry with the competent Austrian representation (embassy or consulate) abroad.
Applicants who are permitted to enter Austria under a visa-free regime or already hold a valid residence title may also file the application directly with the competent residence authority in Austria (Provincial Governor (Landeshauptmann) or the authorised district administration bodies (Bezirkshauptmannschaft or Magistrat)).
In case a residence title is renewed, the application should be filed on time, i.e. before the previous residence title expires, but at the earliest three months before that date.
Which documents should be submitted?
- a valid travel document (e.g. passport)
- a birth certificate or a similar document
- a photo (dimensions: 45x35mm) of the applicant, taken recently (six months ago or less)
- if applicable:
- marriage certificate or certificate of registered same-sex partnership
- adoption papers
- evidence or certificate of the family relationship
- evidence of a legal title to locally customary accommodation (e.g. a lease contract, preliminary agreement on tenancy rights or evidence of ownership)
- evidence of health insurance covering all risks (compulsory health insurance or equivalent insurance policy)
- evidence of adequate means of subsistence (particularly pay slips, proof of earnings, an employment contract, evidence of retirement or other pension or insurance benefits, proof of investment capital or sufficient own assets)
Evidence of social security benefits that may only be claimed after issuance of the residence title, in particular welfare benefits or equalisation supplements, is not suitable.
- family members: evidence that the sponsor holds the required residence title
- if applicable: evidence of German language skills
In individual cases, additional documents may have to be submitted.
Originals and copies of the abovementioned documents must be submitted. The authorities may request that German or English translations or certified versions of the documents be provided for a thorough examination.
When will a Red-White-Red Card plus be issued?
The general requirements for the issuance of residence titles as well as the respective particular requirements must be fulfilled.
In case of a first-time application (family members), evidence of German language skills on A1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages must be provided.
Family members of holders of a Red-White-Red Card for very highly qualified workers or of an EU Blue Card do not have to provide evidence of German language skills before immigrating to Austria.
How long is the Red-White-Red Card plus valid?
The Red-White-Red Card plus is issued for a validity of one year. Persons who have been lawfully settled in Austria for at least two years and who fulfil module 1 of the Integration Agreement can receive a Red-White-Red Card plus valid for three years.
Further information and useful links
- Issuance fee: € 100 (€ 80 at the time of application, additional € 20 at issuance)
- Costs of personalisation (acceptance of photo and signature): € 20
- Application form for a “Red-White-Red Card plus” (in German)
Switching from a residence title based on grounds meriting consideration according to the Asylum Act (Asylgesetz)
- Application form for a “Red-White-Red Card plus” according to article 41a (9) item 1, 2 or 3 NAG (in German)
- Application form for a “Red-White-Red Card plus” according to article 41 (10) NAG (in German)
Laws and provisions
- Settlement and Residence Act (in German, NAG – Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz)
- Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (in German, AuslBG – Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz)
- Visa requirements (English)