AUSTRIA: IMMIGRATION FOR STARTUPS

AUSTRIA: MISSION

Why choose Austria?

There is no better place to live in central Europe than Austria. 8 neighbouring country is a staggering number, and that means there is a lot of traffic coming and going, from everywhere in Europe. The eastern European beauty meets western European technology, and north European population meets south European relaxation. Wherever you come from, and wherever you are going, or whatever you are seeking, you have to pass by the crossroad of Europe: Austria. This brings numerous opportunities, a diverse city scene and much more cultural depth than any other country in Europe. We choose Austria to recommend you because it is the jack of all trades, an unmissable destination for your immigration plans.

Why choose the high skill worker program?

The program is like many others being offered around Europe, but the Austrian one has the unique advantage of being one of the easiest to obtain and fastest for you to begin working. The pay is much higher than some other competing programs’ host countries, and there is a lot of potential for growth in Austria, thanks to the increasingly connected eastern Europe. A lot of the work force, capital and talent now originate from countries that had not been able to catch onto the last wave of economic boom, and these countries have now used Austria as a central stage to increase their power. Thus, choosing this program is a future-proof guarantee for a better life.

Why choose Inimex?

We know the challenges and difficulties of researching, consulting, and eventually deciding on which country to relocate to, especially for a highly-skilled individual like you. We understand that there is no other way to describe the entire process other than mentally taxing and exhausting. Inimex and its entire team are here to make sure it is as easy as possible for you and your family, and reduce the stress rate to zero. Our translators, notaries, immigration lawyers, and professional consultants work tirelessly around the clock to bring you a satisfying experience that you can find nowhere else, and our local team in Vienna always mobilize even long before your arrival. We are here to ensure that nothing will bother you, because we have already resolved it before you realize it. Inimex is your best friend on the path to Austria.

AUSTRIA: REQUIREMENTS

In order to obtain a start-up visa you have to have at least 50 points minimum according to the system of evaluation the following skills: qualification, work experience, language knowledge, age and investment amount. As a non-europeans national you can apply for a Red-White-Red Card for start-up founders if you:

    1. Set up an Austrian a company in order to develop and launch on the market innovative products, services, processing methods or technologies;
    2. Present business and financial plans;
    3. Personally controlling influence on the management of the Austrian company;
    4. Prove capital for the company to be founded amounting to € 50.000 minimum with an equity share of at least 50 %.

AUSTRIA: DOCUMENTS

There are a multitude of documents needed since there are a lot of items required for each point analysis category necessary to apply for the start-up visa, for which you need, on an applicable basis:

    1. Valid passport;
    2. Birth certificate;
    3. Evidence of health insurance covering all risks (compulsory health insurance or equivalent insurance policy);
    4. Evidence of adequate means of subsistence (investment capital or sufficient own assets, insurance benefit certificates, evidence of retirement or other pension or insurance benefits);
    5. As evidence of completed vocational education/training: relevant certificate or diploma;
    6. As evidence of special know-how or skills: testimonial or training report and work certificate;
    7. As evidence of a completed programme of a minimum duration of three years at an institution of tertiary education: document furnishing proof of successful completion of that programme and document reflecting the status of the university or other institution of tertiary education;
    8. As evidence of a completed diploma programme or Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctor’s degree;
    9. Programme or vocational education/training in Austria: document furnishing proof of successful completion of that programme or apprenticeship certificate;
    10. As evidence of work experience: testimonial and work certificate;
    11. As evidence of language skills in German or English: an internationally recognised language diploma or language course certificate furnishing proof of these skills;
    12. Evidence of investment capital including available equity;
    13. As evidence of admission to a business incubator or funding by a start-up funding agency in Austria a contract with the relevant institution;
    14. A business plan and documents as evidence of the innovational character of products, services, processing methods and technologies;
    15. As evidence of controlling influence on the management of the newly set-up company the articles of association of the company, except for one-person companies;
    16. Evidence of the qualification necessary for the self-employed professional activity:
    17. Craft authorisations (Gewerbeberechtigungen), where necessary (if already available).

All documents should be legalized according to Apostille convention signed by most nations in Hague, or if your country of origin does not participate in the said convention, notarized by a government-appointed individual. All documents should also be translated into German by a reliable translator.

The relevant authorities reserve the right to demand additional documents at any stage of the inspection.

AUSTRIA: PROCESS

There are different procedures for customers who wish to apply for entry to Austria as a start-up founder, and we begin with the simplified process if you are applying for a job-seeker visa:

    1. All documents are gathered, translated and legalized, we submit the application to your local Austrian consulate, and if you are from European Union, you may apply for the process in Austria;
    2. Your file is forwarded to Public Employment Service for assessments of points, and they may demand additional documents;
    3. The Austrian immigration authority will forward your application including all submitted documents to the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS).
    4. The AMS will issue within about one month a rapport on the macroeconomic benefit of the intended professional activity, in particular regarding the transfer of investment capital and/or the creation and the securing of work places.
    5. If the conditions are met, the AMS will send a positive opinion to the immigration authority. The residence authority will issue a Red-White-Red Card, if all general requirements (such as health insurance) are fulfilled.
    6. If the application is accepted, the Austrian representation will inform the applicant accordingly.
    7. In case of visa requirement you will have to apply for a visa D to enter Austria in order to collect your residence permit from the immigration authority.
    8. The Red-White-Red Card is issued for two years maximum and entitles you to fixed-term settlement and the pursuit of a self-employed occupation.
    9. Once two years have passed, you can obtain your third card, valid for 3 years;
    10. After 5 years of continuous residence status in Austria, you may obtain the permanent residency, valid for 10 years.

AUSTRIA: INFORMATION

Additional important points regarding the highly-skilled worker visa in Austria:

    1. Family: your family members such as your spouse and children who are dependent upon you for support, can come together and enjoy the same status as long as you include them in the application process;
    2. Citizenship: you can obtain citizenship once you have lived in Austria legally for 10 years.

AUSTRIA: MISSION

Why choose Austria?

There is no better place to live in central Europe than Austria. 8 neighbouring country is a staggering number, and that means there is a lot of traffic coming and going, from everywhere in Europe. The eastern European beauty meets western European technology, and north European population meets south European relaxation. Wherever you come from, and wherever you are going, or whatever you are seeking, you have to pass by the crossroad of Europe: Austria. This brings numerous opportunities, a diverse city scene and much more cultural depth than any other country in Europe. We choose Austria to recommend you because it is the jack of all trades, an unmissable destination for your immigration plans.

Why choose the high skill worker program?

The program is like many others being offered around Europe, but the Austrian one has the unique advantage of being one of the easiest to obtain and fastest for you to begin working. The pay is much higher than some other competing programs’ host countries, and there is a lot of potential for growth in Austria, thanks to the increasingly connected eastern Europe. A lot of the work force, capital and talent now originate from countries that had not been able to catch onto the last wave of economic boom, and these countries have now used Austria as a central stage to increase their power. Thus, choosing this program is a future-proof guarantee for a better life.

 

Why choose Inimex?

We know the challenges and difficulties of researching, consulting, and eventually deciding on which country to relocate to, especially for a highly-skilled individual like you. We understand that there is no other way to describe the entire process other than mentally taxing and exhausting. Inimex and its entire team are here to make sure it is as easy as possible for you and your family, and reduce the stress rate to zero. Our translators, notaries, immigration lawyers, and professional consultants work tirelessly around the clock to bring you a satisfying experience that you can find nowhere else, and our local team in Vienna always mobilize even long before your arrival. We are here to ensure that nothing will bother you, because we have already resolved it before you realize it. Inimex is your best friend on the path to Austria.

AUSTRIA: CONDITIONS

There are two methods to enter Austria as a highly skilled worker:

    • You can apply for a job seeker visa if you meet the requirements, and then enter Austria to find an appropriate occupation within 6 months, and finally obtain the residence card; or
    • You can obtain a job in an Austrian business, and directly apply for a residence card in your local Austrian consulate.

In order to obtain a job seeker visa, you have to be a highly-qualified worker, and the system to evaluate such skills is a point system. We will omit the exact scheme of earning points, but you will obtain more points if you:

    • Graduated from a post-secondary institute, especially in the field of mathematics, informatics, natural history or technology;
    • Have higher education degrees such as masters or PhD;
    • Are paid above 50,000EUR per year, and the higher the better;
    • Are in the fields of research or innovations;
    • Have obtained important awards;
    • Have multiple years of work experience;
    • At least worked in Austria for 6 months;
    • Have studied in Austria;
    • Speak English or German;
    • Below 45 years of age, and the lower, the better;
    • Intend to work in mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, power, data processing or other specialized engineering fields, and have graduated with relevant degrees;
    • Or intend to work as physicians, business trustee or business management.

If you have already found employment in an Austrian firm, you just need to confirm your upcoming position and past experiences with the authority, and also satisfy the following requirements:

    • Your employer should prove that they cannot find anyone to fill your position in European Union;
    • Your contract should be signed for at least 1 year;
    • Your yearly salary should exceed 50,000EUR.

Regardless as how you wish to move to Austria, you also need to show you will have adequate income to support a rented or purchased address in Austria, and you have obtained comprehensive health insurance.

AUSTRIA: DOCUMENTS

There are a multitude of documents needed since there are a lot of items required for each point analysis category necessary to apply for the start-up visa, for which you need, on an applicable basis:

    1. Valid passport;
    2. Birth certificate;
    3. Evidence of health insurance covering all risks (compulsory health insurance or equivalent insurance policy);
    4. Evidence of adequate means of subsistence (investment capital or sufficient own assets, insurance benefit certificates, evidence of retirement or other pension or insurance benefits);
    5. As evidence of completed vocational education/training: relevant certificate or diploma;
    6. As evidence of special know-how or skills: testimonial or training report and work certificate;
    7. As evidence of a completed programme of a minimum duration of three years at an institution of tertiary education: document furnishing proof of successful completion of that programme and document reflecting the status of the university or other institution of tertiary education;
    8. As evidence of a completed diploma programme or Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctor’s degree;
    9. Programme or vocational education/training in Austria: document furnishing proof of successful completion of that programme or apprenticeship certificate;
    10. As evidence of work experience: testimonial and work certificate;
    11. As evidence of language skills in German or English: an internationally recognised language diploma or language course certificate furnishing proof of these skills;
    12. Evidence of investment capital including available equity;
    13. As evidence of admission to a business incubator or funding by a start-up funding agency in Austria a contract with the relevant institution;
    14. A business plan and documents as evidence of the innovational character of products, services, processing methods and technologies;
    15. As evidence of controlling influence on the management of the newly set-up company the articles of association of the company, except for one-person companies;
    16. Evidence of the qualification necessary for the self-employed professional activity:
    17. Craft authorisations (Gewerbeberechtigungen), where necessary (if already available).

All documents should be legalized according to Apostille convention signed by most nations in Hague, or if your country of origin does not participate in the said convention, notarized by a government-appointed individual. All documents should also be translated into German by a reliable translator.

The relevant authorities reserve the right to demand additional documents at any stage of the inspection.

AUSTRIA: PROCESS

There are different procedures for customers who wish to apply for entry to Austria as a start-up founder, and we begin with the simplified process if you are applying for a job-seeker visa:

    1. All documents are gathered, translated and legalized, we submit the application to your local Austrian consulate, and if you are from European Union, you may apply for the process in Austria;
    2. Your file is forwarded to Public Employment Service for assessments of points, and they may demand additional documents;
    3. The Austrian immigration authority will forward your application including all submitted documents to the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS).
    4. The AMS will issue within about one month a rapport on the macroeconomic benefit of the intended professional activity, in particular regarding the transfer of investment capital and/or the creation and the securing of work places.
    5. If the conditions are met, the AMS will send a positive opinion to the immigration authority. The residence authority will issue a Red-White-Red Card, if all general requirements (such as health insurance) are fulfilled.
    6. If the application is accepted, the Austrian representation will inform the applicant accordingly.
    7. In case of visa requirement you will have to apply for a visa D to enter Austria in order to collect your residence permit from the immigration authority.
    8. The Red-White-Red Card is issued for two years maximum and entitles you to fixed-term settlement and the pursuit of a self-employed occupation.
    9. Once two years have passed, you can obtain your third card, valid for 3 years;
    10. After 5 years of continuous residence status in Austria, you may obtain the permanent residency, valid for 10 years.

AUSTRIA: INFORMATION

Additional important points regarding the highly-skilled worker visa in Austria:

    1. Family: your family members such as your spouse and children who are dependent upon you for support, can come together and enjoy the same status as long as you include them in the application process;
    2. Citizenship: you can obtain citizenship once you have lived in Austria legally for 10 years.