The 2011 Integration Agreement (IA) serves the linguistic integration of migrants who want to settle permanently in Austria. This currently applies to migrants (third country nationals, i.e. non-EU citizens) who came into the country after July 1, 2011. By signing the Integration Agreement, migrants commit to acquiring sufficient German language skills within two years.
Elementary German skills (Level A1) are already required before immigration to Austria for the issuance of certain first 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
The Integration Agreement comprises two modules:
The following persons, who after the 1st of July 2011 settle permanently in Austria are committed to comply with Module I of the Integration Agreement (A2 CEFR) within a time frame of two years:
Persons who hold one of the below listed titles/permits:
The compliance with Module I (A2 CEFR) can be proven by providing one of the following documents:
Compliance with module II of the Integration Agreement (B1 CEFR) since 1st of July 2011 is prerequisite for the grant of the residence titles "Permanent residence - EG" and "Permanent residence - dependent".
The compliance with Module II (B1 CEFR) can be proven by one of the following:
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" no longer offers Integration Courses. You can, however, either acquire the appropriate language level by attending courses in our German program (intensive or semester) or take an exam of the Austrian Language Diploma at the relevant level.
In case you wish to prepare for the application for the Austrian citizenship you will find interesting information on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Inner Affairs.