Austria: Red-White-Red Card for Startup Founders (Startup Visa)

Founders of innovative startups can move to Austria with a Red-White-Red Card for Startup Founders.



Austria continually appears on lists of the world’s best places to live, offering residents the dramatic natural beauty of the Alps, cultural centers like Vienna, rich traditions of foods like beer and chocolate, as well as a high standard of living, robust economy, and well-developed infrastructure.

Living in the most wooded nation in Europe, Austrians often spend their weekends outdoors and enjoy a great work-life balance.

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 108.94 Mbps download/22.78 Mbps upload

Mobile: 64.54 Mbps download/15.12 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 23 globally


Innovative businesses 

$61,750 invested in the business

Must pass a points system based on qualifications, experience, language, funding, and other factors.

There are additional requirements for business structure.


Application Process

Before you apply, check your eligibility using the Points Calculator 

Apply at your local Austrian embassy.

If you are permitted to enter Austria visa-free, you can also apply within Austria at your local Provincial Governor, Regional Administrative Authority, or Local Administrative Authority. Locate a local office here. 

This visa takes 6-8 weeks to process.

Documents Required

Documents required may include:

Other documents may be requested.

Police clearance from your home country may be requested later in the process—consider submitting this with your initial application.

Both originals and copies of documents should be available. Submit documents in English or German (or provide a certified translation). During the process, certified or notarized copies may also be requested.

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