Austria has raised the minimum salary an Austrian employer must pay a third-country national for the latter to be eligible to come and work in the country under the Austrian EU Blue Card, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to igration.gv.at, a website run by the Austrian government, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry for Integration and Foreign Affairs, the required salary increased by 1.5 percent, from 65,579 euros to 66,593 euros.
“As a citizen of a third country, you may be granted an EU Blue Card, if you will earn a gross annual income of at least one and a half times the average annual gross income of full-time employees (in 2022: at least €66,593; salary annual plus special payments),” the site notes while listing the requirements for an EU Blue Card for Austria.
Other criteria include a university degree, a job offer, as well as a labor market test, which shows no Austrian job seeker is on a par with the Public Employment Service (AMS).
An EU Blue Card issued by the Austrian authorities allows the holder to work in the country for two years initially. In cases where the employment contract ends within a period of less than two years, the Austrian EU Blue Card is issued with the duration of the contract plus three months for him/her.
EU Blue Card holders who have worked in the last 21 months in Austria are eligible to apply for a Red-White-Red Card in addition to the relevant residence authority in Austria.
igration.gv.at explains: “The Red, White and Red Card gives you in addition to a fixed-term settlement and unlimited access to the labor market (not limited to a specific employer).”
Austria is not the only EU country that has updated the minimum salary requirement for 2022. Last week, TheSchengen.com reported that the minimum annual salary required to obtain an EU Blue Card has fallen by 0.7 per cent.
This means that since January 1, 2022, the minimum annual gross salary has been 56,400 euros for professions free from shortages and 43,992 euros for professional fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, engineering and human medicine (not including dentistry), of which there is a shortage of employment in Germany.
In 2021, the minimum salary required to obtain an EU Blue Card was €56,800, and €44,304 in a few occupations.
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Minimum salary requirements are not the only changes recently imposed on the EU Blue Card. In September 2021, MEPs adopted a reformulation of the EU Blue Card in an effort to facilitate the recruitment of highly skilled non-EU citizens into the bloc.
Among other things, the reform allows workers to obtain a blue card with an employment contract valid for only half a year, instead of the mandatory one year as it was previously.