• Refar Rahat

How To Recruit Foreign Workers In Romania?

Updated: Mar 18

Since 2007, Romania has been attracting a considerable number of workers from Asia, Europe and other countries nearby. These workers usually come from many different sectors of activity and often work for different Romanian Companies . In this blogpost, I am going to give you some tips in order to help you move forward.
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In order to catch up with the other European countries, Romanian companies are hiring in practically all sectors. In fact, even though the sectors recruiting the most are agriculture, oil, hydroelectricity, mechanics or metallurgy, they look for foreign workers in Hotel, in pharmaceutical industry, food industry, IT, in civil engineering and last but not least, in the construction industry. For these particular sectors, they need particularly skilled workers, and that is why the Romanian companies always hire international workers. However, that does not mean there is a high percentage of unemployment. Indeed, the current unemployment rate is between 6 and 8 percent, a rate completely acceptable for a country still in development.


On 27th January, 2022 Romania Government has declared the quota of 100000 non EU workers in Romania. It has opened a potential gateway to success for the Entrepreneurs and others who could not able to maximize their potential of growth for shortage of workforce.


Legal Procedure to Hire Foreign Workers in Romania

Companies employing staff from countries outside the European Union (especially from Asian countries), are required to go through a legal process consisting of several stages, the first one being the approval from the Romanian Immigration Office. If the quota set by the Government for the current year is exceeded, employers will no longer be able to hire staff from non-EU countries. This is why it is recommended to plan ahead and to draw a strategy that will allow employers to fill vacancies. As for the legal formalities, it is better to start the process as soon as possible.


In order to receive a favorable answer from the Romanian Immigration Office, the employer must meet certain criteria, such as: to prove that the foreigner meets the conditions of professional training and work experience provided by the legislation in force for that specific job, to prove that the company has not been sanctioned in the past for illegal employment, to have paid up to date all financial obligations to the state budget and many more.


The approval from the immigration office is issued within 30 days of registration of the application, except for situations where extended checks are required. Once the employer is authorized to hire the respective foreign worker, the latter will have to obtain the long-term work visa granted by the Romanian Embassy or Consulate.


In Conclusion, Romanian companies in need of filling up a high number of job vacancies. Among the foreigners who show the most interest in accessing the Romanian labor market are the Asian workers, motivated by higher salaries and better working conditions, compared to those in their country of origin.

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