Austria is part of the European Union (EU), one of the world’s largest trading blocs. Many companies are looking to Austria as a strong launching platform to expand into the rest of the European Union. Austria is located in the heartland of Europe, bordered by Italy and Slovenia to the south, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Germany and Czech Republic to the north and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to its western borders. It has a stable economic and political system, a low crime rate, and is considered safe and clean with first-class healthcare; one of the best countries in Europe to live in.
European Union and Swiss citizens do not require a visa to enter, stay and work in the Schengen area, which includes Austria, for three months, after which they have to register their stay. Conditions apply, but to stay longer, they do not require a work visa or permit. Countries that are visa-exempt to enter Austria short term, i.e., 90 days for tourism, business purposes, medical treatment or to transit, can apply for the ETIAS visa waiver from 2023. All other travellers have to apply for a Schengen visa. A National D Visa must be used for longer than three months. However, Third Country Nationals (TCNs) require work documentation and a residence permit to live and work in Austria.
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Nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes the European Union plus Swiss citizens, do not require a visa or work documentation to enter, live and find employment in Austria for up to three months. However, conditions apply. If they intend to stay longer, they must register their stay and receive a registration certificate. Countries that are visa-exempt to enter Austria short term, i.e., 90 days for tourism, business purposes, medical treatment or to transit, can apply for the ETIAS visa waiver from 2023.
All other travellers apply for the Schengen Visa for up to 90 days or the D Visa for six months.
Third Country Nationals (TCNs) wanting to be in Austria for longer than six months require either:
Types of Visa/Work and Residence Permits
One is required to enter, live and work in Austria and is applied for at a local embassy or consulate.
The work documentation available to people wanting to live and work in Austria are:
Red-White-Red (RWR) and EU Blue Card process:
The typical documents required at some stage of the application process are:
Regarding the RWR Card, any extra documentation about the points system qualification (if it applies), e.g., degree or diploma, language skills, work experience, special abilities, vocational training etc.
Intra-company Transfer (ICT) process and documents:
As with the RWR and EU Cards, the application is made at an Austrian embassy or consulate in the home country or country of residence. After arriving, the employee’s address has to be registered with the town hall in that area. Then the ICT permit can be collected at the immigration department in the place of residence.
The documents are the same as the RWR and EU Cards above, PLUS
This residence permit is designed to enable highly qualified and skilled Third Country Nationals (TCNs), such as top-level managers, scientists, specialists or experts, to spend six months in Austria looking for employment or business/investment opportunities. Successful people can apply for the Red-White-Red Card and a combined work and residence permit. General Documents are the same as RWR and EU cards, including points system qualification score (70 points).