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Information provided and used

The Website of ABA – Invest in Austria does not collect any personal data without your consent. However, you can voluntarily provide us with information for certain purposes in the designated areas of the Website (e.g. your name, e-mail address, telephone number provided by you when you contacted us).

At this time, you may provide personal information via forms on this Website, for example, to arrange for a consulting appointment or to register for our newsletter. In such cases, the information you submit will be stored in our CRM system. It will be used to actively shape the consulting process focusing on Austria as a business location and to send you supplementary information regarding your request.

We will not ask you for any sensitive information (e.g. data relating to race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical convictions trade union membership, health or sexual orientation).

You agree that we may also use your personal information that you provided to us via this Website (e.g. name, email address) for marketing purposes or for passing it on to third parties if you have ticked the relevant box pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation

You can revoke your approval to this storage of data at any time.

Privacy protection | Applications

You consent to our saving and processing your personal data and application documents you put at our disposal in an applicant database. This will enable us to retrieve the information and reach out to you in the recruiting process if you are considered to be a potential candidate to fill a vacant position on the basis of the data you supplied.

However, you can revoke this consent at any time. We reserve the right to delete parts or all of the personal information provided by you without prior consultation and without giving the reason for our decision. We are not required to take account of your personal data within the context of a recruiting and selection process. Moreover, you have no legal right to insist that your personal data is used by us. Any liability on our part is excluded to the extent permitted by law.

Upon your request and subject to the applicable legal provisions (Sections 26 & 27 Austrian Data Protection Act 2000), we will provide you with information about the data being processed about you and will rectify or delete any incorrect data.

Disclosure of information to third parties

The dissemination of personal data to selected third parties with whom we have existing cooperation agreements takes place within the context of the advisory process. These cooperation partners include:

  • Lawyers and tax consultants
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Service providers in the real estate sector (in particular real estate agents, planning offices, business centres, serviced offices)
  • Management and funding consultancies
  • Providers of market research and location analyses
  • Personnel consultants and recruiters
  • Call centres
  • Digital marketing agencies
  • Logistics providers and freight forwarders
  • Research centres
  • Suppliers of relocation services (especially serviced apartments, translation services and relocation agencies)
  • VC/PE – financing / investors
  • Operators of film locations
  • Business promotion agencies in the federal provinces
  • Foreign trade centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Contractual partners with whom the Austrian Business Agency has a valid contractual relationship to provide services at no charge

Furthermore, data is conveyed to courts or public authorities within the context of the Austrian Data Protection Act (DSG 2000), inasmuch as we are legally required to do so.

Right of access, rectification and deletion of data

If you would like to request access to your personal information, correct or delete the data or if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding your privacy while using this website, please contact us using the contact form or send an e-mail to

Changes to this privacy statement

We may modify or amend this privacy statement from time to time at our discretion. When we make changes to this statement, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page, and the modified or amended privacy statement shall take effect as of this date with respect to your information. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to be informed about how we are protecting your information.

Cookies und Web beacons

This Website collects standard Internet log information including your IP address, browser type and language, date and time of your visit and referring Website addresses. To ensure that this Website is well managed and to facilitate improved navigation, we or our service providers may also use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) or Web beacons (electronic images that allow this Website to count visitors who have accessed a particular page and to access certain cookies) to collect aggregate data.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics with Signals, a Web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed 14 months on your computer to help the Website analyse how visitors use the site and "Signals". Google Signals are session data from websites and apps that the search engine links to users who are logged into their Google account and have allowed personalized advertising. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including the anonymized IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may prevent the installation of the cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the previously-described manner and for the purposes set out above.

In order to deactivate the analytic data collection on the part of Google Analytics, you can use the following link: Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics.

Google Optimize

The web analysis and optimization service "Google Optimize", which is provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter "Google Optimize"), is used on our website. We use the Google Optimize service to increase the attractiveness, content and functionality of our website by showing new functions and content to a percentage of our users and statistically evaluating changes in usage. Google Optimize is a sub-service of Google Analytics (see section Google Analytics).

Google Optimize uses cookies, which enable you to optimize and analyze your use of our website. The information generated by these cookies about your use of our website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. We use Google Optimize with activated IP anonymization so that your IP address is shortened beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there in exceptional cases. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of our website, to compile reports on the optimization test and the associated website activities, and to provide us with other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your internet browser accordingly. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of our website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by Google by downloading the browser plug-in available under the following link and install:

For more information on data collection and processing by Google, please refer to Google's data protection information, which you can access at


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ClickDimensions uses its own HTML browser cookies in the web tracking technology. This means that visitors to your website can readily adjust their own browser to reject cookies, and to easily delete cookies placed by us or others.

For example, to set the browser Internet Explorer to reject cookies, choose in the menu bar Extras > Internet Options > Privacy > and under Settings (using the range slider) the desired degree of protection. In order to delete cookies in Internet Explorer, select Extras > Internet Options > General >, click the button Delete in the browser history and activate the option Cookies in the following dialogue box.

If you do not want the website to set a cookie, you can activate the private mode in your browser. The designations for the respective private browser mode are as follows

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ClickDimensions never stores information in the LSO area of your computer. We never make use of so-called "flash cookies" (local shared objects, in short LSO).

ClickDimensions does not make use of any visitor identification methods in which the information provided by you is exchanged with other websites.

ClickDimenions Newsletter Service

In order to register to receive our newsletter, it is sufficient if you provide your name and email address. Our newsletter contains information about Austria as a business location, our services and references to events. The newsletter registration, in which you approve the storage and processing of your data, takes place within the context of the so-called double-opt-in process. This means that after submitting your data, you will receive an email in which you are requested to confirm your registration. We will not transmit your email address to any third parties without your approval. You can unsubscribe from receiving the newsletter at any time. You will find a link to cancel your newsletter subscription at the end of every newsletter.

If you wish to download photos from a Work in Austria newsletter or if you click on a link in one of these emails, it is automatically recorded via the email service of ClickDimensions LLC, 6849 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Building B-1, Suite 200, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA ("ClickDimensions"). The generated usage information is transferred from the servers of ClickDimensions in the Netherlands to our servers in Germany and is stored there for the purpose of statistical usage analysis. The results help us to continuously improve the contents of our newsletter and to make the information offering on our websites more interesting for you. If you do not agree with the storage and evaluation of this data, you can unsubscribe using the link to be found at the end of every newsletter. 

Bing Ads

This website also uses Conversion Tracking from Microsoft (Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA). Microsoft Bing Ads places a cookie on your computer in the process if you accessed our website via a Microsoft Bing ad. In this way, Microsoft Bing can detect that someone has clicked on an ad, was redirected to our website and reached a previously accessed landing page. In the process, we only learn the total number of users who have clicked on a Bing ad and then were redirected to the landing page. No personal information about the user's identity is communicated. If you do not want to participate in the tracking process, you can reject to the setting of a cookie, which is required for this process, such as through the browser settings, which generally disable the automatic setting of cookies. You can find additional information about data protection and the cookies used by Microsoft Bing on Microsoft's website

Facebook Ads Pixel

We use the “visitor action pixels” from Facebook Inc (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, or, if you are based in the EU, Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”)) on our website. This allows user behavior to be tracked after they have been redirected to the provider’s website by clicking on a Facebook ad. This enables us to measure the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes. The data collected in this way is anonymous to us, i.e. we do not see the personal data of individual users. However, this data is stored and processed by Facebook, which is why we are informing you, based on our knowledge of the situation.

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LinkedIn Insight Tag

We use the LinkedIn Insight Tag from LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Irland on our website.
We use the LinkedIn Insight Tag to track conversions, retarget website visitors, and unlock additional insights about members interacting with our LinkedIn adverts.

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Social media applications

This Website uses various social media applications or services that allow you to share content with other users. Any personal information or other information that you contribute to any social media application can be read, collected and used by other users of that social media application over whom we have little or no control. Therefore, we are not responsible for any other user’s misuse or misappropriation of any personal information or other information that you contribute to any social media application.

We use applications of the following social networks on our website:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Employee Data Protection (Agreement on data processing and consent pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR)

for consulting and supporting companies with a registered office and/or place/s of business in Austria in order to obtain the necessary permits to employ international skilled workers (individuals without Austrian citizenship) and/or for consulting and supporting international skilled workers directly. 

1. Definitions, abbreviations

1.1 In the following Agreement the abbreviation “ABA” refers to the Austrian Business Agency Österreichische Industrieansiedlungs- und WirtschaftswerbungsgmbH. This GmbH is a non-profit organization for the promotion of Austria as a business location. Within the framework of its promotion activities, ABA also serves as a competence centre and service point for legal matters with regard to hiring international skilled workers in Austria.

1.2 The term “international skilled worker” refers to any person intended to be employed in Austria without having Austrian citizenship.  

1.3 The following provisions apply to legal matters concerning a company with a registered office and/or place/s of business in Austria that has come to an understanding with an international skilled worker (Section 1.2) with regard to his/her employment in Austria, whose employment has not yet been approved, if necessary, by the competent authorities. 

1.4 The abbreviation “AuslBG” refers to Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz (Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals), “NAG” for Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (Settlement and Residence Act) as amended. 

1.5 “GDPR” stands for Regulation (EUR) 2016/679 – General Data Protection Regulation. 

2. Legal instruction

2.1 Employers and employees (Section 1.3) are informed of the Austrian legal position that international skilled workers (with exceptions, such as individuals from EU Member States) may not be employed in Austria or begin and keep up employment or any other gainful occupation in Austria, unless they  

2.1.1 obtain a work or posting permit

2.1.2 or obtain a notification confirmation

2.1.3 or hold a valid residence title for this employment or any other gainful occupation, namely

  • either a “Red-White-Red Card” or a “Red-White-Red Card plus”
  • or a “Blue Card EU”,
  • or a residence permit as an intra-corporate transferee (“ICT”)
  • or a residence permit as a mobile intra-corporate transferee (“mobile ICT”)
  • or a “settlement permit”
  • or a “settlement permit – artist”
  • or a “settlement permit – researcher”
  • or a “settlement permit – special cases of dependent gainful occupation”
  • or a “settlement permit – dependant”
  • or an exemption certification or a residence title “family member”
  • or a residence title “long-term resident – EU” 

2.1.4 and/or hold another permit provided by law (residence permits and such like). 

2.2 These permits or residence titles are usually granted for a limited period of time.

2.3 Any of these permits must be granted prior to the commencement of employment, keeping in mind not only the criteria under the Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals but also the provisions under the Settlement and Residence Act. 

3 Consulting and support, application, deadlines

3.1 In legal matters as described above in Section 1.3, when a company makes an offer of employment to an international skilled worker, ABA provides the company and/or the skilled worker upon request with basic information on key legislation and the corresponding process to obtain the permits required to work in Austria. For the benefit of the company and/or the international skilled worker, ABA also offers consulting and support to any business promotion agency of Austria’s federal provinces and/or any recruitment agency that may be involved in the individual recruitment (offer of employment).

3.2 The application is filed by the company and/or the international skilled worker (namely the parties in the process); under the supervision of ABA upon request.

3.3 After submission of the application, ABA supports the applicant party/parties, meaning the company and/or the international skilled worker, by accompanying them through the individual stages of the process. Until revoked at any time, the party/parties authorise ABA to obtain access to the process file as well as information from the competent authorities on the status of the relevant process, any documents that might still need to be submitted, and the estimated duration of the process. 

3.4 If the permits and/or residence titles described above are granted for a limited period of time (Section 2.2), ABA will keep an eye on any deadlines to apply for an extension, unless the company and/or the international skilled worker do not wish ABA to monitor their deadlines. 

4 Employee data, personal data, documents

4.1    ABA is only able to provide the requested consulting and support in legal matters as described above in Section 1.3, if it is granted access to the personal data of the international skilled worker (hereinafter referred to in short as employee data) as well as the data of the company and the necessary documents for the application (Section 3.2). 

4.2 This data and the documents mentioned above include in particular:

4.2.1 a completed and signed application form, in which all relevant personal data must be entered, 

4.2.2 information and documents from the company’s side, namely

  • job description, 
  • employer’s declaration,
  • if applicable, additional explanation/s,

4.2.3 employee data and corresponding documents of the skilled worker, namely

  • birth certificate (including if applicable those of family members),
  • curriculum vitae of the international skilled worker,
  • police clearance certificate,
  • if applicable, wedding certificate, partner certificate or any other civil status certificate/s,
  • passport,
  • passport photo with bill,
  • if applicable, any already granted residence titles,
  • if applicable, any already granted visa,

4.2.4 job-related data and/or documents, namely

  • offer of employment (signed by both sides),
  • proof of qualifications and/or training (school certificate/s, university diploma/s, certificate/s of participation etc.), 
  • proof of professional experience and/or previous employments (work confirmation letter/s, confirmation of social insurance periods, other documents, e.g. on previous self-employed work etc.),
  • language certificate/s,
  • if applicable, further “skills certificates” and such like.

4.3 This data and documents, which the company and/or the international skilled worker (or acting on their behalf and in their interest either a business promotion agency of a federal province or a recruitment agency) voluntarily provides to ABA, is exclusively saved, used (including transfer) and processed by ABA for the purpose of consulting and support as described in Section 3 in legal matters as described above in Section 1.3. 

4.4 ABA places great value in the protection of personal data. ABA therefore observes the applicable legal provisions regarding the protection, lawful handling and confidentiality of personal data, as well as on data security, in particular the Austrian Data Protection Act (“DSG”), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Telecommunications Act (“TKG”).

5 Agreement on data processing pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR (company, business promotion agency, recruitment agency)

5.1 Introduction

5.1.1 If ABA is granted access to data, in particular employee data and documents (Section 4), exclusively by the company, ABA shall provide its consulting and support services on behalf of the company as the data controller (Art. 28 GDPR) and in accordance with the following provisions; if the business promotion agency of a federal province and/or a recruitment agency are involved (Section 3.1, second sentence), the provisions equally shall apply to the business promotion agency and/or recruitment agency mutatis mutandis. 

5.2 Object and term of the Agreement

5.2.1 The object of the Agreement is the consulting and support in a specific legal matter as described in Section 1.3. 

5.2.2 The contractual relationship shall end with the performance of the desired consulting and support.

5.2.3 It shall therefore end with the conclusion of the accompanied process, a granted permit or deadline expiration in case of commissioned deadline monitoring (Section 3.4).   

5.3 Obligations of ABA

5.3.1 ABA shall process the data and/or processing results exclusively on behalf of the company. If ABA is ordered by an official public authority to release the granted data or documents, ABA shall inform the company without delay and refer the public authority to the company as permitted by law. 

5.3.2 ABA agrees to the legal obligations

  • that all persons authorised to process the personal data have committed themselves to confidentiality in writing or are under an appropriate statutory obligation of confidentiality;
  • and that ABA takes all measures required pursuant to Art. 32 GDPR to ensure the security of the processing.

5.3.3  ABA shall take technical and organisational measures appropriate to ensure that the company is able to uphold the rights of the skilled worker as the data subject in accordance with Chapter III GDPR (information, access to personal data, rectification and erasure, data portability, object, individual automated decision-making) at any time within the statutory time limits, and provides the company with all the information it needs. If ABA receives a request (from the side of the skilled worker) that makes clear that the requesting party mistakenly believes ABA is the controller of their data processing, ABA shall forward the request to the company without delay and inform the requesting party correspondingly.      

5.3.4 ABA shall also support the company in observing the obligations under Art. 32 through 36 GDPR (data security measures, notification of a personal data breach to the supervisory authority, communication of a personal data breach to the data subject etc.).

5.3.5 The company shall have monitoring rights at all times with regard to the data shared with the processor. ABA shall provide the company with all the information it needs to monitor compliance with all obligations as described in Section 5. ABA shall also inform the company if it believes instructions of the company to violate the data protection regulations of the European Union or a Member State.  

5.3.6 Upon conclusion of the contractual relationship, ABA shall return all processing results and documents including data to the company and delete them on behalf of the company.  

5.4 Performance of the employment contract, indemnify and hold harmless

5.4.1 In light of an offer of employment (Sections 1.3, 3), the permit/s required to work in Austria are fundamental to the performance of the employment contract with the international skilled worker; the corresponding consulting and support services are therefore especially in the interest of the skilled worker.

5.4.2 If the skilled worker still claims the violation of data protection, the company that consulted ABA in its role as data controller shall indemnify and hold ABA harmless. 

5.5 Place of performance of data processing

5.5.1 Any and all data processing activities by ABA take place within the EU or EEA. 

6 Consent pursuant to Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR (international skilled worker)

6.1 Introduction

6.1.1    If the international skilled worker consults ABA due to an employment offer (Sections 1.3, 3) and provides ABA with employment-related data, employee data and documents (Section 4), he or she agrees, subject to withdrawal, to the collection, storage and processing of data and documents (Section 4) for the purpose of consulting and support with regard to obtaining the permit/s required to work in Austria; in accordance with the scope of services described in Section 3.    

6.1.2    The skilled worker shall authorise ABA to make every effort and take the appropriate steps as ABA deems necessary and useful for these purposes.  In this sense, the skilled worker shall authorise ABA in particular, if necessary and appropriate, to share data and documents with involved and/or relevant public authorities, such as

•    the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) and its regional branch offices,
•    the Information Recognition Application System (AAIS) of the competent federal ministry, the ENIC NARIC (National Academic Recognition Centre) AUSTRIA,
•    the various Austrian federal ministries, especially the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, 
•    the immigration, citizenship and registry offices of the federal provinces, especially local district authorities and public offices of the provincial governments,
•    Austrian representations abroad (embassies, consulates),
•    and for further information, the public authorities and offices that issued the documents. 

6.1.3 If the provided data and/or documents refer to family members of the skilled worker (Section 4.2.3), the skilled worker shall declare that the relevant family members have also given their consent for ABA to become active in the interest of the skilled worker for the purposes described in Section 3 without any further restrictions.  

6.2 Voluntariness

6.2.1 The international skilled worker shall be informed that his or her consent to the collection, storage, processing, use and possible transfer (Section 6.1.2) of personal data and documents is voluntary.  

6.2.2 No disadvantages shall arise if the international skilled worker withholds his or her consent; in this case, however, ABA is not able to consult or support the international skilled worker, or accompany his or her application process.   

6.3 Withdrawal

6.3.1 The international skilled worker shall have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. 

6.3.2 The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. 

6.4 Rights of the data subject

6.4.1 The skilled worker is informed that he or she has the following rights in accordance with Art. 12 et seqq. GDPR:

  • the right to access pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR (The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data.),
  • the right to rectification pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR (The data subject shall have the right to obtain the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her.),
  • the right to erasure pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR (If the legal requirements are fulfilled, the data subject shall have the right to obtain the erasure of personal data concerning him or her.),
  • the right to restriction of processing pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR,
  • the right to object to the processing of personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR,
  • if applicable, the right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR (The data subject shall have this right, if applicable, if the processing is based on consent or on a contract and if the processing is carried out by automated means.)

6.4.2 If a data subject should in any case hold the opinion that the processing of his or her data is in breach of data protection law or that his or her data protection rights have otherwise been violated, the data subject is entitled to file a complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Authority at the following address:
Österreichische Datenschutzbehörde, Barichgasse 40-42, A-1030 Vienna, Austria / Europe Phone number: +43 1 52152-0, email:

7 No payment, no legal claim

7.1 In legal matters as described above in Section 1.3, ABA provides the services of consulting and support as described in Section 3 free of charge.

7.2  A legal claim to this service does not exist.

Last changes: August 16, 2022

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