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Obtaining Romanian Residence Permit

  The laws existing in Romania regarding the right of Non-EU/EEA citizens to stay and work in Romania are similiar to most Europeen Union member states’ legislation.

    Non-EU citizens need to obtain documents such as: a work permit, a long-stay visa and a stay permit to be able to legally work in the country.
    The Romanian Employer is the one that has to make the first step in order for a foreigner to be able to stay and work in Romania.
    He should submit a request together with supporting documents with the General Office for Immigration.

    It is also the Employer’s obligation to comply with a series of general and special conditions such as: he must prove that he could not find a Romanian or EU citizen to fill in the position; that the foreigner has the necessary qualifications for the position etc.
     The application for the work permit is settled within 30 days from its registration. Should additional verifications be necessary, the interval may be extended by up to 15 days.
    There are some categories of foreigners who do not need a work permit in order to work in Romania such as:

– those who hold a right to permanent stay in Romania,
– those who are asylum seekers,
– those who are appointed head of a branch, representation or subsidiary in Romania of a company that is based abroad,
– those who  are to perform in Romania temporary activities required by ministries or other institutions of the central public or local administration or by autonomous administrative authorities; and a few others.

Migration numbers are slightly increasing in Romania from one year to another. For instance, in 2017, 11.000 persons received a permit that allowed them to stay here for more than 12 months. In 2018, 12.000 persons received the right to live in Romania for more than 1 year. 


    Apart from a work permit a Non EU / EEA citizen should also obtain a a long-term residence permit, which is valid for 10 years if you are family member of a Romanian citizen and 5 years if you have your residence in Romania regulated for other lawful purposes.

    Also obtaining a long-stay visa which permits the foreigner to stay in Romania for 90 days with the possibility of renewal is required.
    Citizens of the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and of the Swiss Confederation can apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration for the extension of their right of temporary stay and for residence permits without holding a long-stay visa.

    The legislation for obtaining a work permit, a long-stay visa or a long-term residence is continuosly changing as it adapts to modern immigration needs so before applying for such permits one should consult lawyers or other specialists in immigration matters.

Revoked long-term residency in Romanian in 2022

If you are planning to obtain a long-term residence permit in Romania in 2022, you must know that you can also lose this right, provided that one of the following situations occur: if the document is revoked, if you have obtained long-term residency in another state, if you left Romania for more than 12 consecutive months (except for the case in which you have received temporary residency in another EU state), if you were absent from Romania for more than 6 consecutive years or if you have obtained Romanian citizenship.