+63917 529 8472
Tue-Sat: 8 AM - 5 PM

News and Updates

The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.

In demand occupations in Austria, Germany 2017

Austria and Germany have published a list of occupations that each and both EU countries need. Here's an overview of what occupations are in short supply and where to apply.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on January 9, 2017; updated January 9, 2017

In demand occupations in Austria, Germany 2017


The list of jobs here are from the official EU portal. To qualify and apply, you must have a valid job offer from an employer authenticated by the specific Philippine Overseas Labor Officer for that country. You may check approved orders by POEA licensed agencies at www.poea.gov.ph. - http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/jobsByCty.asp


For the year 2017, the following occupations are deemed shortage professions. Applications  for a Red-White-Red Card for these occupations can be submitted from now on: 

  •   1. Milling machinists
  •   2. Technicians with a higher level of training (Engineer) for mechanical engineering
  •   3. Black toppers
  •   4. Metal turners
  •   5. Technicians with a higher level of training (Engineer) for data processing
  •   6. Technicians with a higher level of training (Engineer) for power engineering technology
  •   7. Graduate engineers in mechanical engineering
  •   8. Roofers
  •   9. (Speciality) power engineers
  • 10. Graduate engineers for data processing
  • 11. Graduate nurses who started with their complementary training in Austria until the end of 2016 and have completed it at the time of application. Persons who have not yet received the relevant nostrification decision by the Austrian authorities are not covered.

Where and when to apply

Applicants intending to apply for an Austrian Blue Card must submit their application with the Austrian consulate/ consular post and wait for the decision and visa.

There are a few exceptional cases, where you can apply in Austria and may be able to wait for the decision while in Austria. However, you must have the required legal status to make an in-country application and wait for the decision while in Austria. All applications in this instance must be submitted in person.

German hospitals have had to contend with a shortage of doctors for quite a number of years now. There is a need throughout Germany for several thousand additional doctors. This demand will continue to rise in coming years, particularly as many hospital doctors are soon due to enter retirement.

In the field of private practice, there is primarily a need for general practitioners, particularly in eastern Germany and rural areas, where there are often difficulties recruiting doctors to fill practices as they become vacant. These shortages will soon spread to other regions of Germany and other areas of specialization, since here, too, many doctors are due to retire in coming years.

Foreign medical training

As of April 2012, if you have completed your medical training in a foreign country, you are eligible to receive a medical license in Germany, regardless of whether you are from an EU or a non-EU (third) country – provided that the training is equivalent to the German medical training. 

Innovative Engineers

There are vacancies in many technology-driven companies in Germany. There is a need for new recruits in all sectors, but most particularly in the fields of mechanical, automotive, and electrical engineering. Job prospects are also good in the field of building engineering. Against a background of increasing digitisation in Germany new fields of activity are emerging in information technology und telecommunications which require engineering knowledge combined with an understanding of how digital technology works.

Urgently needed: experts in technology, IT, and science / STEM Graduates

Germany’s drive towards increased digitization of industries – including the automotive and energy sectors – fuels the need for well-qualified, new staff, even recent STEM graduates.  The same urgent demand is true of the German biotech and nanotech sectors. In all of these areas, the demand for first-rate scientists is consistently high.

A basic – and critical criteria for foreign applicants – is to provide evidence of equivalency in qualifications. Foreign degree holders need to have their degree verified by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

Where to apply: You must apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate in your country of origin or permanent residence.

Note: Check our other post for the list of in-demand eligible occupations in Germany. - https://www.visacenter.org/page/748/occupations-in-demand-in-germany

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

Thinking about living abroad? Discover if you qualify for immigration.

You may be qualified & not even know it!


ICEF logoPIER logoANZCHAM logoBritish Council logo