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New Romanian work permit exemption for Moldova and other countries

A new Romanian work permit exemption applies for nationals of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia, as of yesterday, September 10, 2020.

Thus, Romanian employers who wish to hire nationals of any of the countries mentioned above are now exempt from the obligation to obtain work permits for them. The exemption applies with certain conditions, as we further detail below.

Categories of employees and conditions for exemption:

The new Romanian work permit exemption applies only to cases in which foreign nationals are to be employed under a full-time individual employment contract, for a period of no more than 9 months within a calendar year. The exemption will also apply to the cross-border workers category.

Therefore, all nationals of Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia who fulfil the above conditions will be able to directly obtain a long-stay work visa (D/AM symbol), without having to go through the work permit application procedure in advance. This makes the immigration process much simpler for both employers and their foreign employees.

The law amendment that brings this exemption into force is provided by Law no. 200/10.09.2020, which was published on September 10, 2020 in the Romanian Official Gazette no. 832.

This new law amends the Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania and Ordinance no. 25/2014 on employment and secondment of foreigners in Romania.

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