Austria has increased the minimum salary that an employer in Austria must pay a third-country national in order for the latter to be eligible to come and work in the country under the Austrian EU Blue Card.

According to migration.gv.at, a website maintained by the Austrian government, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Integration and Foreign Affairs, the salary requirement has increased by 1.5 per cent, from €65,579 to €66,593.

As a third-country citizen, 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 gross annual income of full-time employees (in 2022: at least € 66,593; annual salary plus special payments),” the website notes while listing out the requirements to obtain an EU Blue Card for Austria.

Other criteria include having a university degree, a job offer, as well as the labour market test, which shows that there is no equally qualified Austrian jobseeker registered with the Public Employment Service (AMS).

An EU Blue Card issued by Austrian authorities permits its holder to work in the country, for two years at first. In cases when the employment contract expires within a period shorter than two years, an Austrian EU Blue Card with the duration of the contract plus three months is issued to him/her.

Holders of EU Blue Cards who have worked for at last 21 months in Austria are eligible to file an application for a Red-White-Red Card plus with the competent residence authority in Austria.

The Red-White-Red Card plus entitles you to fixed-term settlement and unlimited labour market access.

Austria is not the only EU country that has updated the minimum salary requirements for 2022. Last week, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that the minimum annual salary requirement for a German EU Blue Card has decreased by 0.7 per cent.

This means that since January 1, 2022, the minimum annual gross salary is €56,400 in non-shortage professions and €43,992 in occupational fields of mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, engineering and human medicine (not including dentistry), for which there is a shortage of workers in Germany.

In 2021, the minimum salary requirement for obtaining a German EU Blue Card was €56,800, and €44,304 in shortage occupations.
The minimum salary requirements are not the only changes imposed recently on the EU Blue Card. In September 2021, the EU Parliament’s members had adopted the reformation of the EU Blue Card in their bid to facilitate the employment of highly-skilled non-EU nationals in the bloc.

Amongst others, 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 previously was.

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