Austria for Beginners

Austria for Beginners is a new non-profit organisation based in Vienna supporting expats and migrants Austria-wide with their legal needs. Their team of lawyers can assist with a wide ranging of integration issues that often affect newcomers to Austria. They offer legal consultations in English, German and Bulgarian in areas such as: Immigration law Administrative […]

Job Coaching with Caritas

Caritas offers free job coaching for anyone struggling to find a job or re-enter the job market. Over a period of one-to-one sessions counselors accompany the applicant through the job search process including: Assistance in writing a CV / resume and cover letter Applying for jobs Preparing for interviews Employment ontract review Support during the […]

Free integration sports program

Caritas offers a free sports program to promote integration for third-country nationals, refugees, socialcard holders, EU citizens and Austrians with a migration background. Current offerings include: football for girls and boys Women’s swimming at ATG (with a german and sports program for kids 6 yrs+ so mothers can swim in peace!) walk & talk women’s […]

Caritas Lerncafes – homework support

Caritas offers free learning support for children and young people 6 – 15 yr with migrant third country backgrounds at their Lerncafes in Gries, Lend, Don Bosco and Eggenberg. Staff and volunteers help with school homework, German language skills, preparation for tests and exams. Healthy snacks and afternoon activities are also offered.  Plus a great integration opportunity […]

How to access your ELGA healthcare records

What is ELGA? ELGA – “elektronische Gesundheitsakte” (electronic health records) is a secure on-line system which holds all your medical records in one place . Once logged in, you can view your prescriptions, vaccinations, examination findings, laboratory and radiological results etc. Doctors, hospitals, healthcare professionals and pharmacies can also access your health records using your […]

Winter Tires

In Austria it is highly recommended to have winter tires on your car between November 1st and April 15th. Driving in good weather with summer tires is still allowed but driving in wintery road conditions without winter tyres or snow chains can incur a fine of € 35. If other road users are endangered as […]

Learning German in Graz

Start Punkt Deutsch is an initiative by the Land Steiermark, Stadt Graz und Österreichischem Integrationsfonds (ÖIF). You can visit their website for a long list of German classes in Graz listed by level, institution and start date. You can also visit their office at Reitschulgasse 19, 8010 Graz for a free personal consultation and get […]

Pregnancy Resources in Graz

Being pregnant in a foreign country can be challenging! Here are some links you might find useful explaining healthcare, maternity leaves & money and where to get support. Family Guide – Services for Family in Austria This very helpful English brochure contains just about everything you need to know about being pregnant in Austria! You can download […]

TV / Radio Licence – GIS

You may well have heard of the infamous GIS representatives who turn up on doorstops and demand to know if you have a TV or radio inside. If so they will expect you pay for a license (around €19 – €25 a month, or €7 for just a radio). Having a computer doesn’t count (unless […]