Government Plans to Eliminate Certain Immigration Requirements

October 30, 2018 | Romania

The Romanian government has announced an intention to eliminate various immigration requirements to ease processing for foreign nationals and employers. The government is currently developing a proposal for the changes to submit to parliament. If approved, the changes would initially be implemented as a pilot program through 2023, with the possibility of extension thereafter.

The following are the proposed changes:

Educational requirements: Educational requirements would no longer apply to work authorization applicants, which would leave more foreign national candidates qualified for work authorization. Further, diploma certification by the Romanian Ministry of Education would no longer be required, which would mean a processing time reduction of approximately one month. Note: Some roles require a specific type of education outside of immigration requirements. Foreign nationals might still be required to provide evidence of the requisite education to fill these roles.

Labor market tests: The requirement that employers test the labor market by searching for local workers before employing a foreign national would also be eliminated. Employers would instead need to engage in “responsible recruitment” of foreign national workers, though it is not clear how this standard would be measured. Elimination of the labor market test requirement will mean an overall processing time reduction of approximately two months.

Quota: The yearly national quota applicable to all work authorization types would be eliminated. The quota was increased for 2018, but was still not high enough to meet demand.

EU Blue Card minimum salary: The EU Blue Card minimum monthly salary of RON 16,648 gross would be eliminated, leaving more applicants eligible for the Blue Card and potentially increasing the appeal of the Blue Card as a permit option for highly-skilled workers.