Candidates must score a minimum of 55 points based on the following criteria:
- Completed professional education, special knowledge, and skills relevant to the job profile - 20 points;
- Higher education - 25 points
- Completed specialized education in the job profile lasting at least 3 years - 30 points
- Professional experience in years - 2 points per year
- Professional experience in Austria in years - 4 points per year
- German language, level A-1/A-2 - 5/10 points
- German language, level B1 - 15 points
- English language, level A2 - 5 points
- English language, level B1 - 10 points
- Age up to 30 years - 15 points
- Age up to 40 years - 10 points
Citizens of third countries who meet specific requirements have the right to apply for the Red-White-Red Card (RWR Karte) status. As of the end of 2022, this status is particularly popular among employers and entrepreneurs who plan to obtain a residence permit.
To be eligible for the RWR Karte, the employer must be willing to pay a salary of €3,222 gross per month (for individuals above 30 years old) or €2,685 gross per month (for individuals below 30 years old). The salary is paid 14 times per year.
The net salary received by the employee amounts to €30,970 per year (for individuals above 30 years old) and €26,736 per year (for individuals below 30 years old). The employer's actual expenses for such an employee amount to €58,626 and €48,855 per year, respectively.
The Austrian Employment Service (AMS) is often unable to provide an employee with a comparable qualification registered for employment search, which further contributes to the popularity of this status.
Many employers and entrepreneurs use this status to register a legal entity and hire themselves as "key employees," often assuming the role of Director in the company.