Third-country nationals may be granted an EU Blue Card, if they,
Applications for an EU Blue Card may either be filed by the applicant in person with the competent Austrian representation (embassy or consulate) in the applicant’s home state or country of residence or, on the other hand, by the potential employer with the competent residence authority in Austria (local Provincial Governor’s Office or the duly authorised district administration bodies . An employer’s declaration has to be submitted along with the application.
Persons who are entitled to enter Austria without a visa or already have a valid residence title may also file the application themselves with the abovementioned competent residence authority in Austria.
The Austrian representation or residence authority will send the application and supporting documents to the Public Employment Service (AMS). The AMS will examine whether,
If all requirements are fulfilled, the AMS will send a confirmation to the residence authority, which will consequently issue the EU Blue Card, provided that the other requirements (except for locally customary accommodation and adequate means of subsistence) are met. If the application is granted, the residence authority will inform the applicant. Applicants who need a visa to enter Austria have to apply for a visa D (Visum D) in order to enter Austria and collect the residence title. The EU Blue Card entitles the holder to fixed-term settlement and employment with a specific employer. It is issued for a validity of 24 months.
Holders of an EU Blue Card may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus with the competent residence authority in Austria (Provincial Governor ( or the duly authorised district administration bodies , if they were employed in accordance with the criteria decisive for receiving the EU Blue Card for at least 21 months during the preceding 24 months. The Public Employment Service (AMS) conducts the examination. The Red-White-Red Card plus entitles the holder to fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access (not limited to a specific employer).
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