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List of 26 occupations with shortages set to simplify migration from third countries

22 July 2012

A simplified migration procedure for skilled workers in shortage occupations has been in place since 16th June 2012.

People from non-EU countries who have completed vocational training in one of these shortage occupations, who already have a job offer in Austria and who meet the requisite minimum number of points in terms of qualifications, job experience, language skills and age, are welcome to apply for a Red-White-Red card.

The Shortage occupations list can be found on the migration portal. Occupations include welders, fitters, electrical installers and graduate nurses. The migration portal at also has an Online points calculator . It helps interested persons to check whether they would reach the required number of points. The shortage occupations list is revised on an annual basis.

People who are internationally mobile and whose occupation is not on the shortage list can also apply for a Red-White-Red card if they are very highly qualified or are classified as “other key workers”. The migration portal also has detailed information on these criteria.