Austria Immigration
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Europe is the second smallest continent and home to the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica. The Louvre is Europe's most visited tourist attraction.

The Republic of Austria is a wealthy, developed country located in the southern part of Central Europe. Austria is a federation comprising nine states. Austrian people are friendly and hospitable towards foreigners, and it’s a significant reason that millions of tourists visit Austria annually.

However, Austria does not cover a large area; it is a small country, having an area of 83,879 square kilometers. The immigrant population living in Austria constitutes around 25% of the inhabitants. Social security, prosperous living standards, education, a better health system, and developed infrastructure have been significant causes of immigrant attraction as well.

Austria maintained its position among the wealthiest nations in the world by GDP per capita, among the countries with the greatest standards of living. It was placed 18th globally on the Human Development Index in 2020.

Immigrants are also encouraged to become a part of an established and wealthier nation. The immigration programs of Austria are listed below.

Interested parties from non-European countries who wish to obtain permanent residence in Austria are required to obtain a residence permit. In addition, any stay exceeding six months requires a residence permit.

Immigrants from non-European countries who wish to settle in Austria permanently for work and living are required to obtain a Red-White-Red Card.

Immigrants are granted fixed-term residency and unrestricted access to the labor market as third-country nationals with the Red-White-Red Card plus.

The highly qualified worker program uses the point-based immigration system to accommodate the skilled workers in the country. The immigrants with relevant experience in related sectors are allocated points based on their experience, education, and language skills.


The workers could enter Austria with the following two possibilities:

A valid job offer is the main prerequisite for a Red-White-Red Card. This position must meet your qualifications and pay a fair wage. The Red-White-Red Card will be issued if these conditions are satisfied and the general requirements under Austrian settlement and residence law are fulfilled.

The families of the immigrants can also apply for residency in Austria under the family reunification category. Under Austrian law, the family members are considered:

In addition, the spouses and registered partners must be at least 21 years of age or older when filing for the reunification category.

Immigrants interested in obtaining a Red-White-Red Card under the Start-up Founders category are required to meet the following conditions:

In addition to these conditions, applicants must compete with a minimum of 50 points on the established criteria.

With a strong experience in dealing with immigration applications all over Europe, the global mobility department of Direct U.S. Immigration facilitates ambitious foreign nationals to immigrate to Austria.


For individuals interested in starting a business in Austria, reuniting with their family, or wanting to immigrate as a skilled worker, we provide expert supervision and application procedures.


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