What is the change? Austria has increased its minimum salary requirements for 2017 for foreign workers employed under EU Blue Cards and Red-White-Red Cards.

What does the change mean? The following gross monthly salary minimums are applicable for 2017:

Red-White-Red Cards EU Blue Cards
€2,988 (ages 30 and older) €4,266
€2,490 (under age 30)
€2,241 (graduates of an Austrian university under age 30)
  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Red-White-Red Cards; EU Blue Cards.
  • Who is affected: Austrian companies employing workers under the two permit categories.
  • Business impact: Companies should budget for the increases. Higher salaries than the minimums may be required by a collective bargaining agreement.

BAL Analysis: Employers should make sure they comply with the new salary thresholds for high-skilled foreign workers coming to Austria in 2017 on Red-White-Red Cards or EU Blue Cards.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Austria. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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