Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to work as an employed worker in Romania? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.
To enter Portugal as a worker for a period of less than a year, you must have a valid Seasonal Work Visa or a Temporary stay visa for seasonal work for a duration of over 90 days (see seasonal worker profile).
For longer periods, you must obtain a residence visa. The residence visa does not automatically grant you a right of residence. Once in Portugal, you must apply for a residence permit.
Where and how to apply
Your future employer must apply on your behalf to the General Inspectorate for ImmigrationSearch for available translations of the preceding link for a work authorisation (unless you are exempt), which will be issued within the quotas fixed by the Government.
The General Inspectorate for ImmigrationSearch for available translations of the preceding link will verify that the employer can prove that there is no qualified Romanian or EU/EEA national or non-EU citizen already holding a permanent residence permit available on the domestic labour market.
The following categories of third-country nationals are exempt from having to obtain a work authorisation:
Once a work authorisation has been issued, you have 60 days to apply for a long-stay visa for employment purposes (identified by the symbol D/AM) at the Romanian embassy in your country of origin or residence.
Temporary residence permit
After entering Romania and concluding the individual employment contract, you must apply for a temporary residence permit at the territorial bureau of the General Inspectorate for Immigration of your residence place.
When applying for your work authorisation, your employer must present the General Inspectorate for Immigration with the following:
You must submit the following documents when applying for a long-stay visa:
Temporary residence permit
If you entered Romania on a long stay visa, you may be granted a temporary residence permit, which extends your right to stay in Romania for the duration of your work contract and for for up to one year. You must:
If you lose your job, you must leave Romania since your work authorisation is tied to your employer, unless you are issued with a new work authorisation.
If your employment relationship ceases before the expiry of the period for which the single permit or EU Blue Card was issued, it shall remain valid until the expiry of the period for which it was issued, but not longer than the period during which you receive the unemployment benefit or not more than 90 days from the date of employment cessation if you do not receive unemployment benefits.
Change of employment
If you have a long-stay visa for employment purposes, or a temporary residence permit, you cannot change employment. You have to remain with the employer who applied and obtained your work authorisation.
If you want to change employment, you will need a new work authorisation.
If you have a permanent residence permit, you can change employment without restrictions.
To be granted a long-term residence permit, you must show that your temporary stay in Romania has been legal and continuous for at least five years. Only half the time spent as a student with a temporary residence permit can be taken into account when calculating this period.
During the five-year period, you must not have left Romania for more than six months in one year and more than ten months in total.
It is not considered absence from the Romanian territory if, by the service’s nature, the third-country national has travelled abroad for development of international transport activities and presents documents proving this situation.
You must show:
You must also do a language test to prove a satisfactory level of Romanian language.
If you have obtained a permanent right to stay you will be issued with a long-term residence permit, renewable every five years.
Long-term residence status gives you equal treatment with Romanian citizens regarding the conditions for access to the labour market (except for public prerogatives), education and vocational training, social security, social and health care, social protection and medical assistance.
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