How can I get a Job Seeker visa for Austria from India?

How can I get a Job Seeker visa for Austria from India?

If you are wondering how I can get a job seeker visa in Austria, you’ve come to the right place. As a highly-skilled professional and a third-country national, you may be eligible to apply for a six-month residence permit for your job search, known as a Job Seeker visa. All you need is to reach a minimum of 70 points as part of the eligibility requirements. If you land a job during the validity period of the visa, you can apply for a Red-White-Red Card with the designated Austrian representation.

Reaching a minimum of 70 points according to the following list of criteria is crucial in both cases:

Eligibility criteria for very highly qualified persons Points Country
Special qualifications and skills Maximum points: 40 allowable
Graduation from an institution of higher education, the minimum duration of the program: four years 20
in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural
sciences or technology (MINT subjects)
Post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) or PhD 40
Gross salary of the 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
– €60,000 to 70,000
– More than €70,000



Research and innovation activities
(Patent applications, publications)
Awards (recognized prizes) 20
Work experience (adequately reflecting applicant’s qualification or senior management position) Maximum points: 20 allowable
Work experience (per year)
Six months of work experience in Austria
Language skills Maximum points: 10 allowable
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 points: 20 allowable
Up to 35 years of age
Up to 40 years of age
Up to 45 years of age
Studies in Austria Maximum points: 10 allowable
The second part of the diploma program (Diplomstudium) or half of the required total ECTS points 5
Completed diploma program (Diplomstudium)
or Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program
The total of maximum allowable points: 100
Required minimum: 70

Applying for the job seeker visa

You must apply for the Austria job seeker visa, which is also known as Category D, at the competent Austrian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. The Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice – AMS) will apprise the Austrian embassy that the applicant satisfies the 70-point criteria necessary for the job seeker visa.

You have received a job offer in Austria, what to do next?

If you succeed in getting a valid job offer during your stay in Austria, you may apply for a Red-White-Red Card with the competent residence authority in Austria.

You can submit an application personally for the Red-White-Red Card under “Very Highly Qualified Workers” with the competent Austrian representation authority or embassy in your country. Your Austrian employer will lodge an official visa application on your behalf with the competent residence authority in Austria. Your potential employer’s declaration along with all required documents demonstrating your role and duties for the job offered must be submitted with the application.

What documents do I need to apply for an Austria Job Seeker Visa?

To apply for the Job Seeker Visa, you have to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Biometric passport photo
  • Birth certificate
  • Legal proof of adequate accommodation in Austria (Hotel reservation, lease or rental agreement)
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Austria and covering all risks; overview of possible health insurances
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence in Austria (payslips, pay certificates, employment contracts, , evidence of retirement, investment capital or sufficient own assets)


You have to submit the following documents as part of the points system:


  • Document furnishing proof of successful completion of a four-year programme at a university or another institution of tertiary education
  • Document reflecting the status of the university or other institution of tertiary education
  • Document furnishing proof of successful completion of a programme in a MINT subject (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology)
  • Document furnishing proof of habilitation


Gross annual salary in a senior management position:

  • Tax assessment notice or pay certificate
  • Confirmation by the previous employer that you worked in a senior management position
  • Proof that the company is listed on the stock exchange or positive report from the competent Austrian foreign trade office about its activities or business segment


Research and innovation activities:

  • Proof of scientific publications, stating titles and sources
  • Certificate issued by a university or research institution that you worked in R&D or academic scientific teaching
  • Proof of patent application(s) through extracts from national or regional patent registers


Recognized awards and prizes:

  • Document proving the conferral of the award or prize

Work experience:

  • Testimonials and work certificates


Language skills

  • Language diploma or language course certificate at the A1 or A2 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • German language diplomas and certificates may in particular be obtained from the following institutions: ÖSD, Goethe-Institut, Telc GmbH, and Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF)
  • The following diplomas and certificates in particular are recognized as evidence of proficiency in English: Cambridge Certificate, TELC, IELTS diploma, TOEIC diploma, and TOEFL diploma.


Austria Job Seeker Visa Processing Time

It generally takes around three to five months for the Austrian regional settlement authority to process a job seeker visa application. So, it may take up to eight weeks to get your decision. But for the Red-Card-White-Card, you must have a valid job offer that aligns with your educational background and should pay you well.

Are you interested in moving to Austria Call us to set your migration plans in motion. Just dial 8595338595 or send us an email at [email protected] to kick-start your process.

About the Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *