Employment and posting

If you want to work in Romania and have a citizenship of a country outside the European Union and the European Economic Area? You have to find an employer and pass the tests required by them. If they decide to hire you, they will obtain the work permit. You can be employed in Romania by a single employer, person or entity.

The employer shall obtain the work permit from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration from the county where their headquarters are. To do so, they will submit a number of documents.

Conditions for obtaining the work permit

At the issuance of the work permit, the employer will pay as follows:

  • for the work permit for a permanent worker, deployed worker, cross-border worker or trainee worker, the employer will pay a tax in RON equivalent to 200 EUR​
  • for the work permit for a seasonal workers, the employer will pay the equivalent in RON of 50 EUR
  • the equivalent in RON of 50 EUR if the employer intends to hire after graduation a foreigner who is a holder of a temporary residence permit for studies, or if he wants to hire a holder of a temporary residence permit for family reunification, as well as in case of change of employer, or change of function with the same employer

The original receipt will be submitted with the signature and seal of the treasury unit where the payment was made. In case the payment of the fee for the work / deployment permit was not made at a treasury unit, the State Treasury units will confirm by signature and seal on the documents of the payment that the respective amounts have been received in the appropriate accounts for income taxes of the state budget.

If you do not have Romanian citizenship or citizenship of another member state of the European Union or European Economic Area you can work in Romania, with a work permit, if the following conditions are met:

  • The vacant positions cannot be filled by Romanian citizens of EU Member States / EEA or by permanent residents in Romania
  • You meet the specific training, work experience and authorization conditions
  • You prove that you are medically capable to engage in the respective activity
  • You do not have a criminal record incompatible with the work that you are doing or are going to exercise in Romania
  • You fall within the annual quota approved by Government Decision
  • The employer has no unpaid obligations to the state
  • The employer effectively runs the activity for which the issuance of the work permit is required
  • The employer has not been sanctioned during the past 3 years for undeclared work or illegal employment.

You don't have to meet the requirements stipulated at point 1 from above, if:

  • you are administrator of a company with foreign participation and you are the only person appointed to this position
  • you are a professional athlete and you have proof that you pursued a similar activity in another country
  • you seek a work permit for cross-border workers
  • you seek a work permit for seasonal workers

CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES

Depending on the type of business you want to pursue in Romania, you can be hired as:​

- permanent employee - foreigner employed in Romania with individual contract of indefinite duration or fixed term concluded with an employer based on the work permit

trainee worker - foreigner employed in Romania based on the work permit, for attending a fixed term stage in order to obtain a professional qualification or to improve professional training as well as to improve language and cultural skills

- seasonal worker - foreigner employed in Romania in a sector in which the activity is conducted according to the seasons, with individual employment contract of limited duration not exceeding 6 months in a 12 month period, concluded with an employer under the work permit

- cross-border worker - the foreigner, citizen of a state which has a common border with Romania and lives in the border area of ​​the respective State, employed in a border town on the Romanian territory with individual contract of indefinite or limited duration, concluded with an employer, based on the work permit

- highly qualified worker - # foreigner employed in Romania on a highly skilled job, with individual contract of indefinite duration or fixed term of at least one year concluded with an employer based on the work permit

- deployed worker  - the qualified foreigner temporarily deplyed from a company established in a third country, who is and remains employed with a valid work contract to a beneficiary of the supply of services belonging to that enterprise or to the same group of companies from where the  posting is done or which has signed a contract involving the posting of its employee on the Romanian territory.

- ICT worker (person transferred within the same company) - the foreigner who lives in a third country at the date of submission of the application for the posting permit and who is subject to a transfer within the same company.

Please check the conditions and necessary documents for obtaining the work permit, according to its type:

The General Inspectorate for Immigration processes the applications for the issuance of the work / deployment permit within 30 days from the date of its registration. In cases where further checks are required, the deadline may be extended by 15 days. The request for a work permit submitted by the employer of a holder of a EU Blue Card issued in another member state shall be settled within 15 days of receipt.

The work / posting permit is canceled by the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the following cases:

a) it is subsequently found that at the date of issue of the work / posting permit the conditions stipulated by the Ordinance in this regard were not met

b) it is subsequently found that the work / deployment permit has been obtained on the basis of false or forged documents

c) the employer / beneficiary the services does not collect the work / deplyment permit within 30 days from the date scheduled for the settlement of the demand for the General Inspectorate for Immigration

d) it is found that the conditions for the issuance of the work / deployment permit are no longer met at the date of obtaining the long stay visa.

Upon request of the holder, the General Inspectorate for Immigration issues a duplicate of the lost, damaged or destroyed work / deployment permit.

The work / deployment permit shall be kept by the employer / beneficiary of the services for the entire period of the employment or deployment. The employer / beneficiary of the services must keep for at least the duration of the employment / deployment, a copy of the residence permit or travel document showing legality of stay of the foreigner in Romania.

After obtaining the work permit, the employer should send you this document, and you will obtain the long stay visa for employment / deployment from the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania. (See list of these).

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