November 15, 2011

On November 8, 2011, the Romanian immigration authority issued an official announcement that the 2011 annual quota for work permits for non-European Union (non-EU) national seconded workers has been reached. No further work permits for seconded workers will be issued for the remainder of the 2011 calendar year.  In addition, there are also unofficial reports that non EU-nationals applying as localized hires are also are at risk for having their work permit applications refused for the remainder of this year.

What’s Changed?

Romania’s immigration laws have been under considerable change for most of 2011.  As this announcement arrives with little advance notice, work permit applications that are in queue for approval will more than likely be refused for further processing.   It is anticipated that the immigration authorities will announce new 2012 annual quotas by the end of December 2011.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Companies are strongly advised to confirm with their Romanian immigration suppliers to confirm the status of pending work permit applications.  Companies considering assignments for the remainder of this year will more than likely be refused.  Assignments scheduled to commence in early 2012 may be delayed until the Romanian immigration authority issues new annual quota numbers for localized and seconded workers.

This news alert was provided in coordination with our Romanian KGNM, Move One Inc.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or final guidance for any immigration matter. Readers are reminded that a country’s immigration laws and requirements may change with little to no advance public notice. Questions regarding specific immigration matters should be addressed to your Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist.