A highly-qualified worker is a person with adequate and specific skills, proven by qualifications obtained during graduate or postgraduate education, or through relevant professional experience acquired in Romania or another EU country.
To come to Romania as a highly-qualified worker, your employer must first obtain a work authorisation for highly-qualified workers on your behalf. You must hold a university or college diploma from an educational programme that lasted three years or longer. Alternatively you can prove your qualifications by showing relevant professional experience.
You must also obtain a long-stay visa for work purposes.
If you intend to work as a highly-qualified employee in Romania for more than 90 days, you must extend your stay by applying for an EU Blue Card when you arrive in Romania. The EU Blue Card serves as a residence and work permit and is valid for the duration of your work contract plus three months, and for a maximum period of two years.
Where and how to apply
Work authorisation for highly-qualified workers
Your future employer must first apply to the General Inspectorate for ImmigrationSearch for available translations of the preceding link (GII) for a work authorisation for highly-qualified employees. This authorisation will be issued within the quotas fixed by the Government, unless you are exempt from the quota requirement.
You can also apply for a work authorisation for highly-qualified workers if you already hold a Blue Card in another EU country. Your application will be evaluated within 15 days.
Once you have been issued with a work authorisation for highly-qualified workers, 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 and work permit – the EU Blue Card
Duration of validity of Blue Card
The EU Blue Card allows you to work and stay in Romania for the duration of your work contract plus three months, and for a maximum period of two years.
Your employer may appeal a decision refusing to issue a work authorisation, with the territorially competent Court of Appeal.
The decision of a diplomatic mission refusing to grant a visa can be appealed before the Commission for solving complaints regarding granting of visas, within the General Inspectorate for ImmigrationSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
Your Blue Card will not be revoked if you become unemployed, it remains valid until its expiration, but not more than the period in which you receive unemployment benefits or no more than 90 days from the date of employment cessation if you do not benefit from unemployment benefits.
You may apply for family reunification, even if your Blue Card is valid for less than one year.
If you have resided with a Blue Card for 18 months in another EU country and move to Romania to take up a highly-skilled position with a Blue Card, your family members can join you once they comply with general conditions for family reunification and can show the initial residence permit granted to them by the first EU country.
To be granted a long-term residence permit, you must show that your temporary stay as a Blue Card holder in the EU, in Switzerland or in the EEA was legal and continuous for at least five years, out of which at least two were spent in Romania.
During the five-year period, you must not have left Romania, the EU, Switzerland or the EEA for more than 12 consecutive months and for more than 18 months in total.
You must also show:
You must also do a language test to prove a satisfactory level of Romanian and must not pose a threat to public order or national security.
If you have obtained a permanent right to stay you will be issued with a long-term residence permit, renewable every five years.
In the long-term residence permits issued, it will be mentioned that you are a “former Blue-Card holder”.
Long-term resident status gives you equal treatment with Romanian citizens as regards conditions to access the labour market (except public prerogatives), education and vocational training, social security, social and health care, social protection and medical assistance.
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