ROMANIA: WORK & BUSINESS VISAS
Employment (symbol D/AM) –
The long-stay visa (marked D) allows the entry and stay of aliens on the territory of Romania for a period of 90 days at the most, for the following purposes: economic activities, professional activities, commercial activities (such as investment), religious or humanitarian activities, work, studying, family reunification, as well as research. The right of stay in this case is of 90 days; however, this type of visa allows for its prolongation following an official request addressed to the Romanian Office for Immigration which is part of the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior. The requests for the extension of the right of stay must be personally submitted by the applicants, at the local branch-offices of the Romanian Office for Immigration closest to their place of residence, at least 30 days before expiry of the stay right granted by the visa. Overstaying the visa entails cancellation of the visa and the obligation of leaving the territory of Romania.
Long-stay visa (symbol D):
General information: A national long-stay visa allows the entry and stay of third-country nationals on the territory of Romania for a period that does not exceed 90 days.
It allows the third-country nationals entering the territory of Romania to apply, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration, for the extension of the right of temporary stay and for a residence permit. The extension of the right of stay in Romania shall be applied for at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the validity of the long-stay visa.
It is granted only with the previous approval of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration.
A visa application is commonly decided upon within 30-45 days, as the case may be. Long-stay visa applications for employment and secondment, which were previously endorsed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration, are decided upon within 10 days from submission.
Exemptions from the obligation to get a long-stay visa:
Citizens of the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and of the Swiss Confederation can apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration for the extension of their right of temporary stay and for residence permits without holding a long-stay visa.
The visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to be employed by an employer on the territory of Romania. This type of visa also attests the third-country national’s right to work on the territory of Romania.
The long-stay visa shall only be granted with the approval of the Ministry of Administration and Interior – the Romanian Office for Immigration.
Aliens having entered the territory of Romania with a long-stay visa may apply for the extension of the right of temporary residence and obtain a residence permit. The request filed in this respect must be addressed to the Romanian Office for Immigration within the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior.
All aliens requiring a Romanian visa shall attach to the duly filled-in and signed application form a valid travel document, acknowledged by the state of Romania, to which the visa sticker may applied as well as all the documents required under the law to attest the stated purpose of the trip, the duration of the stay, financial means for the stay, as well as the possibility for the aliens to return to their home country or continue the trip to a third state, upon the end of their stay in Romania.
As to the states or territorial authorities that are not acknowledged by Romania, visas shall be granted at request, on uniform forms, regulated by the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 94/2008 on establishing measures regarding the issue of electronic passports and of other travel documents.
Employment - D/AM
copy of the employment permit issued in accordance with the laws in force regarding the employment and secondment of third-country nationals on the territory of Romania, or, as the case may be, documents attesting that the applicant belongs to one of the following categories exempted from such obligation:
Supporting documents to get a D-type visa
third-country nationals whose free access on the Romanian labour market is established through the agreements Romania concluded with other states;
- third-country nationals who carry out educational, scientific activities, or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature, within accredited or authorised institutions of profile in Romania, on the grounds of bilateral agreements, and the specially skilled staff on the grounds of the order of the minister of education, as well as the third-country nationals who carry out artistic activities in the cultural institutions in Romania on the grounds of the order of the minister of culture
- third-country nationals who are to carry out activities, on the territory of Romania, upon the requests of ministries, or of other central or local public administration bodies, or of autonomous administrative authorities
- third-country nationals who are appointed as heads of the agencies, representations or branches in Romania of companies based abroad, and who are not associates, shareholders or administrators of a Romanian legal entity, and in such agencies, representations or branches there is no other third-country national holding a right of stay for this purpose.
- proof of financial means at the level of the national minimum gross salary for the entire period specified on the visa; the applicant’s criminal record, or any other document with the same legal value, issued by the authorities in the state of domicile or residence, bearing an apostle or extra-legalisation, as the case may be
- medical insurance for the validity period of the visa.
- A third-country national can apply for a long-stay visa for employment within 60 days from getting the employment permit by the employer.
- Whenever a third-country national holds an employment permit issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration – Ministry of Internal Affairs, the visa shall be approved by the National Visa Centre within 10 days from submitting the visa application. In the case of the categories exempted from the obligation to get an employment permit, visas are issued after the endorsement of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, within 30-to-45 days.