January 07, 2013

The Romanian Ministry of Labor (MOL) has published the categories of work authorization available in 2013. The total, national number for calendar year 2013 is initially set at 5,500 permits.

Whats Changed?

On December 22, 2012, the MOL’s proposed annual work permit quota for 2013 was officially approved by the Romanian Government. As of January 1, 2013, work permits will be allotted in the following categories:

  • 3,000 work permits for local employment
  • 900 work permits for secondments
  • 800 work permits for highly skilled workers
  • 100 work permits for seasonal workers
  • 100 nominal work permits
  • 200 work permits for internships
  • 300 work permits for athletes
  • 100 work-permits for trans-border workers

The work permit numbers have increased for seconded workers compared to last year, while the work permit numbers for the newest work permit category for highly skilled workers introduced in 2012 as the “EU Blue Card” category has been decreased from 1,000 to 800 work permits in 2013.


Companies considering assignments to Romania should consult with their immigration service provider to confirm availability in the work permit category for which the employee candidate qualifies. For highly-skilled workers (e.g., technical workers, IT workers), companies should consider the newly-announced “EU Blue Card” scheme as a viable option for working both in Romania and for possible, future assignments in other EU-member countries.

Companies are advised that these are initial allotments approved by the MOL. During the course of the year, should the demand for specific categories of work permits be exhausted prior to year’s end, the MOL may elect to selectively increase numbers in certain categories.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management.