Long-Term residence of third-country nationals
The Red-White-Red – Card
Austria’s Red-White-Red – Card (“Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte”) offers a residence permit for third-country nationals who would like to work as skilled employees in Austria and want to stay in Austria on a permanent basis.
The Red-White-Red – Card Plus
The Red-White-Red – Card Plus (“Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte Plus”) is a residence permit for third-country nationals that aims at facilitating the long-term stay of skilled workers and their families in Austria.
The EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card (“Blaue Karte EU”) targets certain third-country nationals with a binding job offer in a company in Austria which pays them an average salary. The EU Blue Card does not apply a point system like most Red-White-Red – Cards.
Long-Term Resident EU Permit
After a five-year, uninterrupted stay in Austria, third-country nationals can apply for the residence permit “Long-Term Resident EU permit” (“Daueraufenthalt EU”). This residence permit offers unrestricted access to the Austrian labour market.
he residence permit called Settlement Permit (“Niederlassungsbewilligung”) enables third-country nationals to stay in Austria for a limited period of time and only to work on a self-employed basis, which means that they are not allowed to pursue gainful employment (as a salaried employee).
Possible residence permits for self-employed individuals
Working as a Researcher in Austria
Are you a third-country national with a PhD or doctorate or Master’s degree giving you access to a doctoral programme? Do you also have a long-term job offer (for a job lasting more than six months) for scientific work as a researcher for a recognised research facility in Austria?
Working as an Artist in Austria
You are considered to be an artist when you perform an activity in the field of art. For this purpose, you must be creative and artistic yourself and pursue this work on the basis of your artistic qualifications/aptitude.