earning points with language skills
Another facilitation is intended to make the Austrian labour market more attractive for international workers. Language skills in French, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian will be taken into account in the points system of the Red-White-Red Card. Skilled workers with language skills in these languages from level B1 will receive 5 extra points and thus get easier access to the Austrian labour market.
More than 6,000 Red-White-Red Cards issued in 2022
According to a statement by the Ministry of Labour and Economic Affairs, this is intended to facilitate the historically grown influx of skilled workers from the Western Balkans on the one hand, and to attract skilled workers from new target countries on the other. Access to the Red-White-Red Card is based on a points system in which qualifications, professional experience, language skills and age are assessed.
In the previous year, 6,182 (2021: 3,881) Red-White-Red Cards were issued. With 2,222 cards issued, the IT sector accounted for the largest share. In the previous year, 1,353 cards were issued to professionals from Bosnia and Serbia and only 423 to Central and South America. But especially in tourism, knowledge of Spanish is an advantage, the Ministry of Economy added. And French was another world language spoken in many target markets of Austrian companies.
Already last year, a reform that came into force on 1 October facilitated access to the Red-White-Red Card. This reform of the Red-White-Red Card is intended to facilitate a comprehensive modernisation of the admission of skilled workers from third countries.
Persons belonging to one of the beneficiary groups can apply for the “Red-White-Red Card”, which grants a residence title for two years.
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