The Government Decision no. 968/20.12.2019 sets out a total number of 30,000 work permits that can be issued in 2020 to foreign citizens belonging to other states than the EU or the EEA or the Swiss Confederation, or to foreign citizens whose free access to the labor market is established through treaties and agreements concluded by Romania with other states, to foreigners that want to work for a Romanian employer, or to perform work activities in Romania, pursuant to the decision of secondment of a foreign employer.
According to Government Ordinance no. 25/2014 regarding employment and secondment of foreigners in Romania and for amending and supplementing certain acts for foreigners’ regime in Romania, at the proposal of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, in accordance with the labor migration policy and given the labor work force situation in Romania, this Government Decision approves the general quota for all types of foreign workers newly admitted to the labor market.
The decision regarding the establishment of this year’s quota for 30,000 newly admitted foreign workers was taken in view of Romania’s economic development potential, from the need to ensure the labor force required in some sectors of activity or trades, which cannot be covered by Romanian workers, but also to prevent situations in which foreigners work in Romania without legal forms.
In 2019, there was a significant increase of the work permits issued until 30.09.2019, double compared to the entire year of 2018. Also, the initially approved quota for the year 2019 for 20,000 workers was supplemented by a no. of 10,000 foreign workers, after in the first eight months of 2019, the number of work / posting permits increased by more than 165% compared to 2018.
Source: The Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 1031 of 23.12.2019.
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