Work permits are compulsory for non-EU/EEA/Swiss foreign individuals working in Romania.
The work permit is granted at the employer’s request, by the Romanian immigration authorities.
This document is needed to obtain a long-stay visa or residence permit for employment or assignment purposes. Foreigners cannot work in Romania before they obtain a work permit.
A work permit does not grant the foreign individual general permission to work in Romania- only for a single company (which requests it) and for a single specific position. A foreigner who moves from one company to another must obtain a new work permit even if the existing one has validity remaining.
Simplified conditions have recently been introduced for foreigners who change jobs with the same employer or who change employer, provided their single permit or EU Blue card is valid. Foreigners in these categories are no longer required to provide proof of selection or proof of payment of obligations to the state budget provided that they can submit a clean statement of criminal record issued by the Romanian authorities.
Depending on the type of work-related activity, work permits can be:
Work permit for local hires
Work permit for highly-skilled employees
Work permit for assignees
Work permit for ICT worker
Other types of work permit, which can be granted to foreigners: work permits for seasonal workers, interns, au pair workers and cross-border workers.