A work permit is a document issued by the Romanian government allowing a foreigner to work in Romania.
It’s issued by the Romanian Ministry of Labor, Family, and Social Protection (MOLFSP).
The MOLFSP issues this type of permit to foreign citizens who want to live or work in Romania.
The process for obtaining a work permit can take several months or even years, depending on your circumstances, but all applicants must follow specific steps before they can apply:
- You must be authorized as an employee under local law; if you’re not confirmed yet, contact your employer about getting legal status before applying for your permit.
- You’ll need proof that you meet the minimum requirements for living within Romania (e.g., health insurance) and that no barriers prevent employment opportunities at your residence/work location(s).
Who is eligible for a Romania Work Permit?
- You must be a citizen of one of the countries on the list.
- You must have a valid passport.
You must not be an EU citizen, or if you are an EU citizen and are applying for a Romanian work permit, you may have to apply for an extension to your visa before applying for your work permit.
How do I apply?
You can apply for a Romanian Work Permit online. You will need to have the following:
- An ID card or passport (if you don’t have one already)
- The original documents that prove you are eligible to work in Romania, such as an employment contract or other proof of your employment in Romania
- The original certificate of your home country’s embassy or consulate confirming that they have issued a work permit and allowing you to enter their territory
What paperwork will I need to apply for a Romanian Work Permit?
You will need to submit the following documents to your local Romanian consulate:
- A completed work permit application form. You can download this from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It’s in English, but if you have any questions about filling it out or about what information is required, please contact them at [email protected]
- Proof of qualifications (such as a diploma). Suppose you are applying for a business visa. In that case, there is no need for this, but if not, please include any certificates or diplomas that demonstrate your skillset/experience level in this form section, along with an explanation as to why these credentials are relevant enough for consideration by Romania’s authorities.
* Proof of health insurance coverage. This must be valid at least six months before starting work in Romania and cover both emergency care costs and medical treatment abroad.
* Accommodation letter from where they plan on living while working here – if applicable; otherwise, skip this section altogether!
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What Visa Do I Need to Work in Romania?
If you’re an international worker or student who needs to work in Romania, there are two types of visas that you can apply for:
- A work permit. This is for non-EU citizens who want to get paid under the table and do not want to be on the radar of Romanian authorities.
- An EU Blue Card (permanent residence). This is for EU citizens with a job offer with a fixed-term contract, working conditions, and salary, which meets all legal requirements.
Learn what you need to know about obtaining a work permit in Romania.
Romania is a member of the European Union, the Schengen Area, and the European Economic Area (EEA).
It also belongs to the EU Customs Union and the European Central Bank.