Foreign teaching and research staff at Austrian universities and scientific institutions do not need a work permit.
The Foreign Labour Act (Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz – AuslBG), executed by the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice-AMS), is the legal basis for the admission of foreign workers to the Austrian labour market.
The Austrian labour market law distinguishes:
People to whom the Foreign Labour Act does not apply, e.g.:
- Recognised convention refugees (not just asylum seekers)
- Foreign nationals in diplomatic or consular service and their foreign employees
- Teaching and research staff at universities and scientific institutions
- EU/EEA citizens with the exception of citizens of the newest member states Bulgaria and Romania
- Swiss citizens
- Foreign spouses and children of Austrian and EU/EEA citizens with a residence permit
People to whom the Foreign Labour Act applies:
- Foreign nationals who do not correspond to the above categories and who want to take on a job in Austria, while employment means an employment relationship, in an employee-type relationship or in training
According to the Foreign Labour Act non-EU nationals who want to work in Austria need a work permit and a settlement permit. Travel or limited stay visas for tourists or for visiting relatives do not entitle the visitors to take up work. EU citizens from Bulgaria and Romania only need a work permit, because they have the right to reside in Austria.
- Pre-employment permit
- Employment permit
- Seasonal employment permit
- Foreign placement permit
- Notification certificate for volunteers, holiday trainees, au pairs and joint ventures
- Short-term work permit
- Long-term work permit
- Long-term work permit for Turkish citizens
- Employment permit for Turkish citizens
- Permit for key members of staff
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