Finding Work in Austria

Im actually currently in a long distance relationship...my boyfriend is in Austria and so the plan is that I will look into moving over. I know I need to gain a work visa, find a job and then apply for residency. I have heard that all this can be very difficult...so im feeling a bit discouraged at the moment. Im trained and experienced as a kindergarten teacher, but as I dont speak German...I am not sure what my chances are in getting a job in this area? Any advice is much appreciated!

Hi Claire-Marie;

There is no other way to say it you have to know German if you want to carry on with your profession. There are some jobs that don't require it but these are very few between.

I would suggest you learn the language of the basics while you are in Christchruch.

I can not really comment on the visa as I do not require one as I am Britain and we are part of the EU.

I have heard though that it can be expensive.

Regards

Simon

You definitely face several challenges. You can look here for the information regarding obtaining a residence permit. I work at a university so it was much easier to obtain, but this still was not an easy task. Since my employer sponsored me my wife gets a work permit automatically austria.org/residence

The permit is not expensive, something like 80 Euros. But you 1) need an employer to sponsor you (which doesn't sound promising), or 2) be self-employed and I think speak German and proof that you have enough financial means to stay and show proof of health insurance.

Obtaining a residence permit without a job is much easier if you are married, fyi.

Another road is to obtain a student resident permit, you get one automatically if you're been admitted to a university. Austria is nice is that if you meet the requirements they must admit you. However, sometimes these prerequisites are not flexible (i.e. for a masters in chem you need a bachelor in chem), but they could admit you and require you take additional courses. Tuition for non-EU citizens is like 300/semester. And if you're living in Vienna, Universitaet Wien has many programs in English, as does Wien Tech. Salzburg/Graz/Linz/Innsbruck have programs in English but not nearly as many.

It's going to be difficult to near impossible to find a job without knowing German (and esp without the permit). My wife works in the hard sciences and hasn't been able to find a job since all employers know you to know German and English, though she's had a couple interviews. We are taking intensive German courses so after 3-4 of these she should be able to get a job. But will be 12-18 months after arriving here.

I wish I could be more promising. Austria is a beautiful country.

Hi, as English native Speaker AND trained Kindergarten-Nurse you have the possibility to Approach bilingual Schools and Kindergardens here for work.  There are quite a few of them in Vienna and I know that they are always struggling to find qualified personnel with English mother tongue. As for the visa there has already been valuable Input in other answers. While you get sorted you can always do some babysitting or looking after School children, even doing private English lessons for their School English and get the hours paid in cash. My nephew from South Africa just stayed with us for several months and had no serious Problems finding some temporary Jobs, waitressing or looking after children. In the long run, however, you Need to get a work Permit to get a proper Job.

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