Austria Job Seeker Visa 2023

Details About Austria Job Seeker Visa 2023

  • Job Country: Austria
  • Visa type: Job Seeker Visa
  • Who can Apply: Anyone
  • Job offer Required: No

Who can Apply for the Austria Job Seeker Visa

The Job seeker visa is not for everyone.

  • Only Non-Europeans can apply
  • EU Citizens do not need a work Visa for Austria.

Eligibility for Austria Job Seeker Visa 2023

To be eligible for the Job seeker visa, applicants need to score a minimum of 70 points out of a maximum of 100 points based on the points criteria system which includes:

  • Graduation or Graduated
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Special qualifications and skills in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, or technology
  • Post-doctoral qualification or PhD
  • Research and innovation activities
  • Awards
  • Work experience
  • Language skills
  • Age
  • Studies in Austria

Austria Job Seeker Visa Points Calculator

For example, if you have already a skill or experience you will get 40 points. If you are graduated, you will get 20 points, if you are under the age of 35, you will get 20 Points.

The Points Calculator Table is given below.

Eligibility criteria for very highly qualified personsPoints
Special Qualifications and SkillsMaximum allowable points: 40
Graduation from an institution of higher education, the minimum duration of the program: four years20
– in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural
sciences or technology (MINT subjects)
– Post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) or PhD40
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   202530
Research and innovation activities(Patent applications, publications)20
Awards (recognized prizes)20
Work experience (adequately reflecting applicant’s qualification or senior management position)Maximum allowable points: 20
Work experience (per year)Six months of work experience in Austria210
Language skillsMaximum 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
French language skills for the independent use of the language – (B1 level)5
Spanish language skills for the independent use of the language – (B1 level)5
Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian language skills for the independent use of the language – (B1 level)5
AgeMaximum allowable points: 20
Up to 35 years of ageUp to 40 years of ageup to 45 years of age201510
Studies in AustriaMaximum allowable points: 10
The second part of the diploma program (Diplomstudium) or half of the required total ECTS points5
Completed diploma program (Diplomstudium)or Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program10
Sum total of maximum allowable points:100
Required minimum:70

Visa Validity

The Jobseeker Visa is valid for six months and allows its holder to stay in Austria and look for a job legally.

Job Seeker Visa is not a work permit

Note that a Job seeker Visa is not a work permit. It only allows you to find a Job. Once you have an employment offer then you can apply for a work permit.

Processing Time

It can take from 3 to 5 Months to process your Visa.

Visa Cost

  • Jobseeker Visa: € 150
  • Red-White-Red Card (This is a work permit):
    • Application: € 120
    • Granting: € 20
    • Costs of personalization (fingerprints, scan of photography, and signature): € 20

Documents Need to be Submitted for Job Seeker Visa

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

  • Valid travel document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (dimensions: 45x35mm) which is not older than six months
  • Proof of locally customary accommodation (e.g. lease contracts, preliminary agreement on tenancy rights, or ownership evidence)
  • Proof of health insurance

Austria Job Seeker Visa Application Form

Application form for the Jobseeker Visa and criteria data sheet (English)

When, Where, and How to Apply for the Austria Job Seeker Visa 2023

Where to Apply: You have to apply for the Austria Job Seeker Visa (Category D Visa) at the Austrian Embassy or consulate of Austria in your Home country.

From this link ( you can select your country and it will tell you the “Representative” Authority for Austria in your Home country where you can file your application.

Benefits of the Job Seeker Visa

  • You can apply without any Job offer.
  • You can travel to Austria without Job.
  • You can find a Job there in six months.
  • You do not need a sponsorship or Job offer to apply for a Job Seeker Visa.

What Happened after you receive employment?

If you receive an employment offer during a Job seeker Visa duration, you may apply for the Red-White-Red Card permit in Austria.

For more information, you can Visit the official website and source for the Austria Job Seeker Visa.


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