Integration Agreement

What is the Integration Agreement? 

The objective of the Integration Agreement (IV) 2017 is to integrate third-country nationals legally domiciled in the federal territory and to enable them to participate in the social, economic and cultural life in Austria. Within the framework of this agreement third-country nationals are obliged to acquire knowledge of the German language as well as of the democratic order and the basic principles deriving from it. The agreement applies to third-country nationals who have been granted a residence permit for the first time as from 1st of October 2017. By signing the integration agreement 2017, third-country nationals undertake to comply with Module I of the integration agreement within two years from the first issuance of the residence permit.  

 Elementary German skills (Level A1) are already required before immigration to Austria for the issuance of certain first-time residence permits. This, however, is not part of the Integration Agreement. For more information please refer to the website "Deutsch vor Zuwanderung" = "German before Immigration" by the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, www.help.gv.at. Proof of having attained this level (language diploma or certificate issued by an institution designated by the regulation) may not be older than one year on the date of the initial application.

The integration agreement comprises two modules: 

Module I: Advanced Basic Language Usage (A2 CEFR)

Third-country nationals who have been granted a residence permit for the first time from 1st of October 2017 are obliged to comply with Module I of the Integration Agreement within two years in accordance with the provisions of the IntG (Integration Law) and the IV-V (Integration Agreement Regulation). The integration test of module I of the Integration Agreement is administered nationwide at a uniform standard. It comprises language and value contents. 

Excluded from the requirement are third-country nationals who 

  • will be minors at the end of the two-year period 
  • due to their physical or psychological state of health are unable to comply with the requirements (public health officer's report required)
  • declare in writing that the duration of their stay in Austria is not to exceed 24 months within 3 years (in which case the application for a further renewal after the first renewal request is irrevocably denied).

Acceptable forms of verification:

Compliance with Module I (A2 CEFR) can be proven by providing one of the following documents: 

  • proof of the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) of the successful completion of the integration test
  • equvialent proof of the successful completion of the integration test
  • a school leaving certificate corresponding to the general university entrance qualifications as set out by § 64 (1) University Law 2002 BGBl. I No. 120/2002 or a vocational secondary school
  • residence permit "Rot-Weiß-Rot-Karte"
  • residence permit "artist" pursuant to § 43a of NAG.  

The proof of completion of module I may not be older than two years at the time of submission of an application for renewal. 

Module II Independent Language Usage (B1 CEFR)

Upon submitting an application for the residence permit "permanent residence EU" third-country nationals must have fulfilled the requirements of module II of the Integration Agreement. The integration test of module II is administered nationwide at a uniform standard. It comprises language and value contents. 

Excluded from the fulfillment are third-country nationals who

  • at the time of application are minors and are not yet subject to compulsory schooling 
  • persons who are not able to comply with the regulation due to their permanent poor state of health, either physically or mentally (public health officer's report required)  

Acceptable forms of verification:

Module II (B1 CEFR) is fulfilled if third-country nationals   

  • submit proof issued by the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) of the successful completion of the integration test
  • submit equivalent evidence of the successful completion of the integration test 
  • are minors who have attended a primary school or have attended the previous semester within the scope of compulsory schooling 
  • are minors who attend a secondary school within the scope of general compulsory schooling and have received positive marks in the teaching subject "German" on the last issued certificate or school report 
  • have attended at least five years of an Austrian compulsory school and have successfully completed the subject "German"
  • have successfully completed the subject "German" at a foreign secondary school after having had the subject "German" for a minimum of four years 
  • submit a final apprenticeship examination or a skilled worker's test certificate
  • have studied at least two years at a postsecondary institution (German as language of instruction) and have been granted at least 32 ECTS credits (16 semester hours) or have a postsecondary degree.

Integrationsvereinbahrung

Info The information given does not constitute a legal advice. If you want to read the relevant regulation, kindly visit the website of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria.


Red-White-Red Card

 The Red-White-Red Card is issued for a period of twelve months and entitles the holder to fixed-term settlement and employment by a specified employer. The following persons are eligible for a Red-White-Red-Card:

  • very-highly-qualified-workers
  • skilled workers in shortage occupations
  • other key workers
  • graduates of Austrian universities and colleges of higher education
  • self-employed key workers


Integrationsvereinbahrung

Info "Deutsch in Österreich"  will offer integration courses and examinations from 2018 onwards. If you received a residence permit before 1st October 2017, an ÖSD examination at the level A2 (without value contents) will still be accepted as proof of the fulfillment of module I. This transitional provision applies for 36 months.


  If you wish to prepare for the application for the Austrian citizenship you will find useful information on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Inner Affairs