To carry out seasonal employment in Austria, you must obtain a work permit and, if necessary, a visa.
The Austrian system of work permits for seasonal workers is governed by quotas, which are fixed annually.
There are special quotas for seasonal workers in the tourism and agricultural sectors and for harvesters.
Where and how to apply
Your employer has to apply for a work permit at the competent authority of the Austrian Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice – AMS).
Work permits are granted in accordance with quotas fixed annually by the Austrian Federal Government.
In case your existing work permit is renewed or you receive another work permit, you can apply for an extension of the visa at the competent Provincial Police Directorate (Landespolizeidirektion – LPD).
The work permit will be granted if:
A visa will be granted if:
Duration of validity of permits
Work permits are valid for up to six months. Within a period of twelve months, seasonal workers may be employed under quota permits for a maximum period of nine months.
Depending on the duration of the work permit, a C or D visa will be issued.
Appeals against decisions of the AMS and visa authorities can be filed at the Federal Administrative Court.
Change of employment
Seasonal workers cannot obtain permanent residence status.
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