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:
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.
Compliance with Module I (A2 CEFR) can be proven by providing one of the following documents:
The proof of completion of module I may not be older than two years at the time of submission of an application for renewal.
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.
Module II (B1 CEFR) is fulfilled if third-country nationals
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.
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:
"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.