The Austrian government supports and promotes legal immigration. This particularly applies to skilled workers and persons that are
capable to prove to be an asset to the country. Moreever, citizenship can be granted, for example, if a person has earned special merits for the Republik of Austria
(sports, culture) or has contributed significantly to specific causes or interests.
Foreigners may work and reside in Austria under "special permit" programs. The legal framework for these programs are – inter alia - so called “cards”.
Red-White-Red Card - The program is named after the colors in the Austrian national flag.
It is fairly new and targets highly skilled or otherwise qualified persons to work in Austria. Self-employed business individuals and students may, if the necessary
criteria are met, apply for this card as well. Moreover, individuals who have been employed for more than 10 months in Austria may be eligible to participate in the program.
EUBlue Card – Similar to the Red-White-red card, the EU Blue Card is a work permit program designed to attract skilled workers.
The Blue Card Program is designed to facilitate permanent residence status within the European Union. It is an attractive option for corporations with offices within the EU.
Residence and Work Permits
In addition, special permits may be obtained under the following programs:
FFamily Reunification - Persons may be granted residence status in Austria based on the family
reunification section of Austrian Immigration Law. If one member of a family has the legal status to stay, other family members be be granted the right to
stay in Austria as well.
RResidence and Work Permits - Austrian Immigration Law allows the issuance of residence permits for corporate executives,
scientists and students as well as for specific private purposes. We assist clients in obtaining residence and work permits.
Dependents` - Dependents of Austrian nationals may be eligible for legal residence in Austria. Whether one should apply under this program
should be assessed after conducting the necessary research.
We assist with preparing the paperwork and file motion with immigration authorities on your behalf.
Austrian Citizenship – Austria is restrictive with respect to granting citizenship. Due to the influx of foreigners
in the past, this restrictive approach is rather to tighten than to loosen in the years ahead. Obtaining citizenship in Austria should be considered
a long-term project.
Legal advice is clearly recommended when seeking for Austrian citizenship. More importantly, we also handle issues with respect to dual citizenship.
In doing so, we guide our clients on how to properly handle this matter, which requires experience and profound knowledge of the law.
Please make sure not to submit any applications without the proper documentation and legal advice. Our legal professionals assist
you in taking the necessary steps.