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Questions on the process of getting a work permit (Vienna)

Hi internations,

Well, I need some help. Desperately! The process for getting a work permit/red white red card has left my head spinning.

First, let me explain my situation. I'm an American here on the visa waiver program. I've been here for a month, so I only have 2 months left before I'll need to leave the Schengen zone.

I have a potential offer from an employer, and we're trying to work things out as to exactly how to go about applying for my work permit. My questions are:

1. Is there a difference between a "work permit" and the "red-white-red card"?

2. If I obtain the red-white-red card, do I need to then apply for a residence permit?

I'm sure I'll be back with more questions. Thank so much! Any and all information you can share (based on experience, I've looked at so many websites now) will be much appreciated.