The Red-White-Red Card
Non-EU citizens who qualify as “key workers” can apply for a Red-White-Red Card, which allows them to work for a specified employer and live in Austria for a period of 12 months. In order to qualify as a key worker, you must be high qualified, a skilled worker in a shortage occupation, a self-employed key worker, or a graduate of an Austrian university.
The Red-White-Red Card works on a points-based system. Depending on which of the above categories you belong to, you must fulfil certain criteria before you can apply. After ten months of working and living in Austria, Red-White-Red Card holders may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus, which entitles them to free access to the Austrian labor market. Family members of Red-White-Red or of Blue Card holders are also eligible to apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus.
The Jobseeker Visa
This six-month permit is intended for highly qualified non-EU citizens who are interested in working in Austria but have not yet managed to secure a job offer and thus cannot apply for one of the above permits. Please note that the Jobseeker Visa merely allows you to look for work —you must still apply for a work permit if your job hunt has been successful.
Similar to the Red-White-Red Card, the Jobseeker Visa operates on a point’s basis. Applicants must meet the required criteria in order to apply for this visa. The issuing of a Jobseeker Visa is managed by the AMS. All application documents must be submitted together with a German or English translation.