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Other Key Workers

If you are a third-country citizen who is to take up employment with a company in Austria as a key worker you may apply for a Red-White-Red -Card valid for 24 months if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your prospective employer will pay the statutory minimum salary:
    • for key workers over 30 years of age: € 2,988 (2017) gross monthly pay plus special payments (holiday and Christmas pay),
    • for key workers under 30 years of age: 2,490 (2017) gross monthly pay plus special payments (holiday and Christmas pay)
  • no equally qualified person registered as a jobseeker at the Public Employment Service (AMS) can be placed (labour market test/Arbeitsmarktprüfung) and
  • you reach a minimum of 50 points according to the following list of criteria:

Eligibility criteria for key workers

Points

Qualifications

Maximum allowable points: 30

Completed vocational education/training or special know-how or skills* in the prospective occupation

20

General eligibility for admission to a university

25

Completion of a programme with a minimum duration of three years at an institution of tertiary education

30

Work experience according to qualification

Maximum allowable points: 10

Work experience (per year)

Work experience in Austria (per year)

2

4

Language skills

Maximum allowable points: 15

German: elementary use of the language on a basic level (A1 level), or

English: independent use of the language       (B1 level)

10

German: intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level), or

English: intensified independent use of the language (B2 level)

15

Age

Maximum allowable points: 20

Up to 30 years of age

Up to 40 years of age

20

15

Sum total of maximum allowable points:

75

Bonus points for professional athletes and professional sports coaches

20

Required minimum:

50

* Key workers with special know-how or skills do not have to furnish proof that they have completed formal training (e.g. musicians, designers or professional athletes)

Where to file the application?

Either you can file the application for the Red-White-Red Card personally with the Austrian representation (embassy or consulate) of your country of residence or your potential employer may file it with the competent residence authority in Austria (Provincial Governor/Landeshauptmann/Landeshauptfrau), authorised Regional Administrative Authority/Bezirkshauptmannschaft or the Local Administrative Authority/Magistrat). An employer’s declaration (Arbeitgebererklärung) with specific details concerning your future place of employment has to be submitted along with the application.

If you are allowed to enter Austria under a visa-free regime or if you already have a valid residence title, you may also file your application directly with the competent residence authority in Austria (Provincial Governor, authorised Regional Administrative Authority or Local Administrative Authority).

Please note:
If you want to make use of legal representation in your legal procedure, please make sure that your Austrian representative is licensed to do so. Otherwise your representative cannot be accepted by the Austrian authorities.

Example “Other Key Workers”

A company wants to employ a Director of Sales and has found no
suitable person for this specific job in the Austrian labour
market. The Canadian applicant for this position is 43 years
old, a university graduate and has over 9 years of work
experience. His native language is English. He receives
30 points for completing his studies, 10 points for work
experience and 15 points for his language skills. As he
is over 40 years old, he does not receive any points for
his age. Since he would receive 55 points and therefore
exceed the minimum number of points, which is 50 points,
he can apply for the Red-White-Red Card.

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Which documents to submit?

  • Valid travel document (e.g. passport)
  • Birth certificate or similar document
  • Photo (dimensions: 45x35mm) which is not older than six months
  • Evidence of locally customary accommodation (e.g. lease contracts, preliminary agreement on tenancy rights or ownership evidence)
  • Evidence of health insurance covering all risks (compulsory health insurance or equivalent insurance policy)

Evidence of adequate means of subsistence (payslips, pay certificates, employment contracts, insurance benefit certificates, evidence of retirement or other pension or insurance benefits, investment capital or sufficient own assets)

You have to submit the following documents for examination of the individual criteria under the points system (see above):

1.  Qualification

Vocational education/training

  • Certificate or diploma of completed vocational education/training

Proof of eligibility for admission to university (Matura, Abitur, matriculation certificate)

  • Certificate furnishing proof of general eligibility for admission to university

Graduation

  • Document furnishing proof of successful completion of a three-year programme at a university or another institution of tertiary education
  • Document reflecting the status of the university or other institution of tertiary education

2.   Work experience

  • Testimonials and work certificates

3.   Language skills

  • Language diploma or language course certificate at the A1 or A2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for German or the B1 or B2 levels for English. German language diplomas and certificates may in particular be obtained from the following institutions: ÖSD, Goethe-Institut, Telc GmbH, Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF)
    The following diplomas and certificates in particular are recognised as evidence of proficiency in English: Cambridge Certificate, TELC, IELTS diploma, TOEIC diploma, TOEFL diploma.

4.   Professional athletes or professional sports coaches

  • Testimonials and work certificates
Please note:
You have to submit originals and copies of the above-mentioned documents. For easier review, the authorities may require the documents to be translated into German or English; certified versions of documents may be required.

When will a Red-White-Red Card be issued?

The Austrian representation or residence authority will send your application and supporting documents to the AMS. The AMS will examine

  • if you have reached the required number of points,
  • if your prospective salary conforms with the statutory minimum (see above) and
  • if no equally qualified person registered as a jobseeker can be placed.

If all requirements are met, the AMS will send confirmation to the residence authority which will then issue the Red-White-Red Card, provided that the general requirements under Austrian settlement and residence law are met (such as locally customary accommodation, health insurance coverage etc.). If your application is approved, you will be notified by the Austrian representative authorities.

If you are subject to visa requirements, you have to apply for a category D visa for the purpose of entering Austria to collect your residence title.

As a holder of the Red-White-Red Card you are entitled to fixed-term settlement and employment by the employer specified in the application.

When will a Red-White-Red Card plus be issued?

You may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus with the competent residence authority in Austria (Provincial Governor, authorised Regional Administrative Authority or Local Administrative Authority) if you were employed in accordance with the eligibility criteria for a minimum of 21 months during the preceding 24 months, to be assessed by the AMS.

If you are a holder of the Red-White-Red Card plus you are entitled fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access. 

You can find more information on the Red-White-Red Card plus here.

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