The first step is to register for an exam. This can be done online or – in exceptional cases – personally in our office.
We are a licenced exam center for the levels A1, A2, B1 and B2 of the Austrian Integration Fund. The activities of the ÖIF are directed at recognized refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, non-member citizens, people with migration backgrounds etc. All levels of the Austrian Integration Fund correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The ÖIF exams comply with the legal requirements, meet the highest standards in terms of quality and are therefore recognized by Austrian authorities and employers as an official proof of language skills and for obtaining a valid residence permit (citizenship, fulfillment of the integration agreement).
You can resit an exam as a whole as often as you like. It is, however, not possible to resit individual parts of the exam.
To prepare for the integration exam, the ÖIF provides the free app “My integration in Austria”. The app is available in the “Apple Store App” and “Google Play Store”. The brochure “My life in Austria. Chances and Rules” and the brochure “Living and integration in Austria. Security and Police” offer further support in preparing for the integration exam.
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Last update: August 12, 2020
Prerequisites for Participation
Important: If you don’t have the listed documents with you, you can NOT take the exam without exception!
The information given does not constitute a legal advice.
Objective of the 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.
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. 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.
Module 1 of the Integration Agreement
Advanced Basic Language Usage (A2)
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 1 of the Integration Agreement according to the provisions of the Integration Act (IntG) and the Integration Agreement Ordinance (IV-V) within two years from the first issuance of the residence permit.
Compliance with Module 1 can be proven by providing one of the following documents:
- proof of the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) of the successful completion of the A2 integration exam
- equvialent proof of the successful completion of the integration exam
- 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 1 may not be older than two years at the time of submission of an application for renewal.
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).
Module 2 of the Integration Agreement
Independent Language Usage (B1)
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.
Module 2 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.
Excluded from the fulfillment are third-country nationals who
- at the time of application are minors and are not yet subject to compulsory schooling
- 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).
If in doubt, please contact the appropriate authorities.
Transitional provisions for Module 1:
The 2017 Integration Agreement applies to persons who received a residence permit after October 1, 2017. This permit requires holders to satisfy the requirements of Module 1 of the 2017 Integration Agreement. Those, who were granted a residence permit before October 1, 2017 are also required to meet the requirements of Module 1 of the Integration Agreement. For people in this category, however, transitional conditions apply, which are valid until September 30, 2020. This means that those who received the residence permit before October 1, 2017 can fulfill the requirements of module 1 according to either the criteria of the 2017 Integration Agreement or the (old) 2011 Integration Agreement. After September 30, 2020 the requirements for Module 1 of the Integration Agreement can be satisfied only on the basis of the criteria as set out in the 2017 Integration Agreement.
Transitional provisions for Module 2:
Module 2 of the Integration Agreement must be completed by those who after October 1, 2017 have applied for “permanent EU” residence. For those who seek a “permanent EU” residence permit or citizenship and also attained a language certificate in Austria in 2017, the ÖIF provides funding for the Integration Exam. If the application for the “permanent EU” residence permit or for citizenship was submitted before October 1, 2017, the procedure will apply the criteria which were valid before that date.