As a foreign citizen searching for a job in Romania, you need to know that moving to Romania and working with a Romanian employer is a process that must be carefully followed.
Applying for a Romanian work permit is mandatory according to the law. However, there are certain cases where the work permit is not required, such as you hold a student residence permit in Romania or you are a family member of a Romanian citizen.
What should I do to get work permit?
Basically, there are 3 main steps for legally entering and working in Romania:
Getting a work permit/ authorization
The first step is to find a job, i.e. an employer willing to hire you in Romania. Then you should pass the interview with your employer and provide the employer with various documents, such as passport, criminal record certificate, CV etc.
According to the law, if the employer selected you for employment, the employer must apply for the work permit/ work authorization with the Romanian Immigration Inspectorate (IGI) for you. The application file must comprise various documents both from you as future employee and from the company which will employ you.
Getting a visa for employment purposes (work visa for Romania)
After the employer will get the work permit for you, the employer should send you this document. Based on the work permit and other documents you should prepare in your country, you should apply for a visa with the Romanian embassy from the country where you live in.
Romanian embassy will issue a visa for employment purposes (symbol D/AM) valid for 90 days. After getting the Romanian visa, you can entry Romania and sign the employment contract.
Getting a residence permit for work purposes
After entering Romania, you must get a residence permit/ single permit from the Immigration Inspectorate at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted by the visa. It is advisable to apply for the residence permit as soon as possible.
What are the conditions for getting a Romanian work permit?
Legal requirements for obtaining a work permit are the following:
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 carries out activities compatible with the job for which the foreigner is required to work
The employer was not punished for undeclared work or illegal employment during the last 6 months prior to the settlement of the application for workers.
Application for a Romanian work permit is a laborious procedure and you should seek legal assistance from an immigration lawyer in Romania for a successful outcome.
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