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Industry and Cluster

World-renowned companies and global market leaders have established themselves in Styria including Andritz AG, AVL List GmbH and Siemens AG Österreich. The top 10 measured by turnover are:

Clusters are particularly strong networks between companies within a region and identical sectors. These clusters are a good indicator of the economic strength and focus of a region. Styria has used this strategy to establish itself as a pioneer throughout Austria with over six different clusters:

Logo AC Styria Mobilitätscluster
      
ACstyria Mobilitätscluster

Automotive, aviation and rail industries
Logo Creative Industries Styria
      
Creative Industries Styria

Creative economy
Logo Green Tech Cluster Styria
       
Green Tech Cluster Styria
Green energy, building and resources
Logo Holzcluster Steiermark
       
Holzcluster Steiermark
Focus on wood construction
Logo Human.technology Styria
       
Silicon Alps Cluster
Electronics and microelectronics
Logo Human.technology Styria
       
Human.technology Styria
Human technology
Logo AC Styria Mobilitätscluster


ACstyria Mobilitätscluster
Automotive, aviation and rail industries

Logo Creative Industries Styria

             
Creative Industries Styria
Creative economy

Logo Green Tech Cluster Styria


Green Tech Cluster Styria
Green energy, building and resources

Logo Holzcluster Steiermark


Holzcluster Steiermark
Focus on wood construction

Logo Human.technology Styria


Human.technology Styria
Human technology

Logo Human.technology Styria

Silicon Alps Cluster
Electronics and microelectronic
Logo AC Styria Mobilitätscluster
ACstyria Mobilitätscluster
Automotive, aviation and rail industries
Logo Creative Industries Styria
Creative Industries Styria
Creative Economy
Logo Green Tech Cluster Styria
Green Tech Cluster Styria
Green energy, building and resources
Logo Holzcluster Steiermark
Holzcluster Steiermark
Focus on wood construction
Logo Human.technology Styria
Human.technology Styria
Human technology
Logo Human.technology Styria
Silicon Alps Cluster
Electronics and microelectronic


The interactive map of Styria's industrial landscape produced by the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung) offers an excellent overview of the province's industrial base.

Interactive Industrial Landscape Map

Residence Permits and Work Permits

Before you are able to enjoy life in Styria to the full and enter into employment, certain formalities need to be dealt with. Club International is available for competent first support to answer any queries and clarify matters.

Depending on the origins of the future Styrians, there are different paths to follow to be able to live and work here.

EU and EEA citizens

This is the simplest path since, thanks to the EU and its principle of free movement, citizens from other EU/EEA states can settle and work here (with the exception of Croatia, where a work permit is still necessary). Within the first four months after moving to Styria, a certificate of registration must be obtained. After five years, the holder has the right to choose Styria as their new homeland and apply for a certificate of permanent residence (in German). Relatives of EU and EEA citizens, who belong to non-EU/EEA countries, can apply for a residence card.

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Permanent immigration from third countries

There are different residence permits available in this case. Apart from the Red-White-Red Card, the most popular choice, a EU Blue Card or various forms of settlement permits can be applied for.

Red-White-Red Card
This residence permit is valid for two years and gives its holder the residence rights and permits a range of forms of employment. The permit is normally a points-based system based on things such as language knowledge, education and professional experience. If the prerequisites are fulfilled a Red-White-Red Card can be issued for particularly high qualifications, experts in understaffed professions, miscellaneous key employees, graduates from an Austrian higher education institution, self-employed key personnel and start-up founders.
Red-White-Red Card Plus
After two years, the Red-White-Red Card, the EU Blue Card and certain forms of residence permit can be extended via a Red-White-Red Plus Card that provides the right to freely access the employment market. Immediate family relatives can also apply for these residence rights. Under certain circumstances, either proof of knowledge of the German language is required to the A1 level (German language skills prior to immigration) or general university entrance qualifications. After 2 years and after successful completion of module 1 of the Integration Agreement (in German), the Red-White-Red Plus Card is issued for three years. After 5 years of uninterrupted residence and fulfilment of module 2 of the Integration Agreement, a residence permit Permanent Residence – EU can be issued upon application.



EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card is issued to people from third countries who have a binding offer for a workplace that is appropriate to their education with a monthly gross income of € 4,353 and who can prove they have successfully completed a degree course of at least three years. In addition, the AMS must be unable to provide a qualified worker for the job. Family members have a claim to the Red-White-Red Plus Card that would allow them to live and work in Austria without limitation. In contrast to relatives of Red-White-Red Card owners, they do not require knowledge of the German language in advance.



Settlement Permits
Researchers, artists, employees for certain supervised jobs or people without gainful employment have the possibility to apply for a settlement permit. Different prerequisites must be fulfilled depending on the permit.

Temporary stay from third countries

Stay permits are issued if a person wishes to only stay in Austria temporarily, for example for foreign emplacements, students, volunteers etc. However, for many of these types of permit it is NOT possible to bring family to Austria.

Residence Permits and Work Permits

Before you are able to enjoy life in Styria to the full and enter into employment, certain formalities need to be dealt with. Club International is available for competent first support to answer any queries and clarify matters (directly linked on the CINT web page).

Depending on the origins of the future Styrians, there are different paths to follow to be able to live and work here.

EU and EEA citizens

This is the simplest path since, thanks to the EU and its principle of free movement, citizens from other EU/EEA states can settle and work here (with the exception of Croatia, where a work permit is still necessary). Within the first four months after moving to Styria, a certificate of registration must be obtained. After five years, the holder has the right to choose Styria as their new homeland and apply for a certificate of permanent residence (in German). Relatives of EU and EEA citizens, who belong to non-EU/EEA countries, can apply for a residence card.
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Permanent immigration from third countries

There are different residence permits available in this case. Apart from the Red-White-Red Card, the most popular choice, a EU Blue Card or various forms of settlement permits can be applied for.

For more information please klick on the respective picture!
Red-White-Red Card
This residence permit is valid for two years and gives its holder the residence rights and permits a range of forms of employment. The permit is normally a points-based system based on things such as language knowledge, education and professional experience. If the prerequisites are fulfilled a Red-White-Red Card can be issued for particularly high qualifications, experts in understaffed professions, miscellaneous key employees, graduates from an Austrian higher education institution, self-employed key personnel, start-up founders.

Red-White-Red Card Plus
After two years, the Red-White-Red Card, the EU Blue Card and certain forms of residence permit can be extended via a Red-White-Red Plus Card that provides the right to freely access the employment market. Immediate family relatives can also apply for these residence rights. Under certain circumstances, either proof of knowledge of the German language is required to the A1 level (German language skills prior to immigration) or general university entrance qualifications. After 2 years and after successful completion of module 1 of the Integration Agreement (in German) the Red-White-Red Plus Card is issued for three years. After 5 years of uninterrupted residence and fulfilment of module 2 of the Integration Agreement, a residence permit permanent residence – EU can be issued upon application.

EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card is issued to people from third countries who have a binding offer for a workplace that is appropriate to their education with a monthly gross income of € 4,353 and who can prove they have successfully completed a degree course of at least three years. In addition, the AMS must be unable to provide a qualified worker for the job. Family members have a claim to the Red-White-Red Plus Card that would allow them to live and work in Austria without limitation. In contrast to relatives of Red-White-Red Card owners, they do not require knowledge of the German language in advance.

Settlement Permits
Researchers, artists, employees for certain supervised jobs or people without gainful employment have the possibility to apply for a settlement permit. Different prerequisites must be fulfilled depending on the permit.

Temporary stay from third countries

Stay permits are issued if a person wishes to only stay in Austria temporarily, for example for foreign emplacements, students, volunteers etc. However, for many of these types of permit it is NOT possible to bring family to Austria.

Residence Permits and Work Permits

Before you are able to enjoy life in Styria to the full and enter into employment, certain formalities need to be dealt with. Club International is available for competent first support to answer any queries and clarify matters (directly linked on the CINT web page).

Depending on the origins of the future Styrians, there are different paths to follow to be able to live and work here.

EU and EEA citizens

This is the simplest path since, thanks to the EU and its principle of free movement, citizens from other EU/EEA states can settle and work here (with the exception of Croatia, where a work permit is still necessary). Within the first four months after moving to Styria, a certificate of registration must be obtained. After five years, the holder has the right to choose Styria as their new homeland and apply for a certificate of permanent residence (in German). Relatives of EU and EEA citizens, who belong to non-EU/EEA countries, can apply for a residence card.
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Permanent immigration from third countries

There are different residence permits available in this case. Apart from the Red-White-Red Card, the most popular choice, a EU Blue Card or various forms of settlement permits can be applied for.

For more information please klick on the respective picture!
Red-White-Red Card
This residence permit is valid for two years and gives its holder the residence rights and permits a range of forms of employment. The permit is normally a points-based system based on things such as language knowledge, education and professional experience. If the prerequisites are fulfilled a Red-White-Red Card can be issued for particularly high qualifications, experts in understaffed professions, miscellaneous key employees, graduates from an Austrian higher education institution, self-employed key personnel, start-up founders.


Red-White-Red Card Plus
After two years, the Red-White-Red Card, the EU Blue Card and certain forms of residence permit can be extended via a Red-White-Red Plus Card that provides the right to freely access the employment market. Immediate family relatives can also apply for these residence rights. Under certain circumstances, either proof of knowledge of the German language is required to the A1 level (German language skills prior to immigration) or general university entrance qualifications. After 2 years and after successful completion of module 1 of the Integration Agreement (in German) the Red-White-Red Plus Card is issued for three years. After 5 years of uninterrupted residence and fulfilment of module 2 of the Integration Agreement, a residence permit permanent residence – EU can be issued upon application.



Blaue Karte EU
The EU Blue Card is issued to people from third countries who have a binding offer for a workplace that is appropriate to their education with a monthly gross income of € 4,353 and who can prove they have successfully completed a degree course of at least three years. In addition, the AMS must be unable to provide a qualified worker for the job. Family members have a claim to the Red-White-Red Plus Card that would allow them to live and work in Austria without limitation. In contrast to relatives of Red-White-Red Card owners, they do not require knowledge of the German language in advance.

Settlement Permits
Researchers, artists, employees for certain supervised jobs or people without gainful employment have the possibility to apply for a settlement permit. Different prerequisites must be fulfilled depending on the permit.

Temporary stay from third countries

Stay permits are issued if a person wishes to only stay in Austria temporarily, for example for foreign emplacements, students, volunteers etc. However, for many of these types of permit it is NOT possible to bring family to Austria.

Self-employment

Any EU citizen or third-country national can found their own company in Austria. However, the execution of self-employed activities is linked to certain qualifications. If these have been gained abroad, Verein Zebra, a society in Graz, can help with the recognition.

Before you start a company, you should include the following in your planning:


  • What are my goals?
  • Is there a market for my ideas?
  • Do I have the required skills and qualifications?
  • Who can support me?
  • Which costs will I face?
  • Which legal form should I take?
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The Austrian Chamber of Commerce has a start-up service (in German) that can provide support in all these questions and provides a Guideline for Start-Ups (in German).

The Austrian Business Agency also supports and advises potential start-ups both before and after the founding of the company.
The Styrian Business Development Agency (in German) (Steirische Wirtschaftsförderung) provides important support for the financing and provision of grants for start-ups. 

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Club International
Center of Excellence and Service
for Expatriates and their Families
Körblergasse 117, 8010 Graz
+43 316 601 759
info@cint.at

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