Point scheme

The following point schemes serve as a calculation basis for the WORK in AUSTRIA - Immigration Guide.

Clicking on the following admission criteria will take you directly to the corresponding points table.

Admission criteria for Very Highly Qualified Workers

Admission criteria for Skilled Workers in Shortage Occupations

Admission criteria for Other Key Workers

Admission criteria for Start-up Founders

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The point schemes are based on the regulations of the Foreigners Employment Act, version of 29.03.2022.

Admission criteria for Very Highly Qualified Workers

Eligibility criteria for very highly qualified persons

Points

Special qualifications and skills

Maximum allowable points: 40

Graduation from an institution of higher education, minimum duration of programme: four years

20

- in the subjects mathematics, informatics, natural 
  sciences or technology (MINT subjects)

30

- Post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) or PhD

40

Gross salary of previous year earned in a senior management position with a company listed on the stock exchange or a company for which the Austrian foreign trade office in charge issued a positive report about its activities or business segment:

 

 

- €50,000 to 60,000

20

- €60,000 to 70,000

25

- More than €70,000

30

Research and innovation activities

(Patent applications, publications)

20

Awards (recognised prizes)

20

Work experience (adequately reflecting applicant’s qualification or senior management position)

Maximum allowable points: 20

Work experience (per half-year)

Six months of work experience in Austria

1

10

Language skills

Maximum allowable points: 10

German or English language skills for the elementary use of the language on a basic level – (A1 level)

5

German or English language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language – (A2 level)

10

Age

Maximum allowable points: 20

Up to 35 years of age

20

Up to 40 years of age

15

up to 45 years of age

10

Studies in Austria

Maximum allowable points: 10

Second part of diploma programme (Diplomstudium) or half of the required total ECTS points

5

Completed diploma programme (Diplomstudium)

or Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programme

10

Sum total of maximum allowable points:

100

Required minimum:

70

Admission criteria for Skilled Workers in Shortage Occupations

Eligibility criteria for skilled workers

Points

Qualification

Maximum allowable points: 30

Completed vocational education/training in the shortage occupation

30

Work experience matching one's qualification

Maximum allowable points: 20

Work experience (per half-year)

1

Work experience in Austria (per half-year)

2

German language skills

Maximum allowable points: 15

Elementary use of the German language on a basic level (A1 level)

5

German language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)

10

German language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)

15

English language skills

Maximum allowable points: 10

English language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)

5

English language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)

10

Age

Maximum allowable points: 15

Up to 30 years of age

15

Up to 40 years of age

10

Up to 50 years of age

5

Sum total of maximum allowable points:

90

Additional points for English language skills, when English is the predominant language of the respective company

5

Required minimum:

55

Admission criteria for Other Key Workers

Eligibility criteria for key workers

Points

Qualification

Maximum allowable points: 30

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

20

General eligibility for university admission

25

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

30

Work experience

Maximum allowable points: 20

Work experience (per half-year)

1

Work experience in Austria (per half-year)

2

German language skills

Maximum allowable points: 15

Elementary use of the German language on a basic level (A1 level)

5

German language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)

10

German language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)

15

English language skills

Maximum allowable points: 10

English language skills for the intensified elementary use of the language (A2 level)

5

English language skills for the independent use of the language (B1 level)

10

Age

Maximum allowable points: 15

Up to 30 years of age

15

Up to 40 years of age

10

Sum total of maximum allowable points:

90

Additional points for English language skills, when English is the predominant language of the respective company

5

Bonus points for professional athletes and professional sports coaches

20

Required minimum:

55

Admission criteria for Start-up Founders

Eligibility criteria for start-up founders

Points

Qualification

Maximum allowable points: 30

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

20

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

20

Completed diploma programme or Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctor’s degree programme or vocational education/training in Austria

30

Work experience according to qualificationMaximum allowable points: 10

Work experience (per half-year)

1

Language skills

Maximum allowable points: 15

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

5

German:  independent or intensified independent use of the language (B1-B2 level)10
English: intensified independent use of the language (B2 level)10
German: competent use of the language (C1-C2 level) 15
Bonus points

Maximum allowable points: 30

Evidence of additional investment capital of € 50.000 minimum

10

Admission to a business incubator or funding by a start-up funding agency in Austria

10

Age up to 35 years10

Sum total of maximum allowable points:

85

Required minimum:

50