Romania: Immigration Bulletin – First Blue Cards Issued in Romania
Successful implementation of new immigration procedures in Romania
In January, 2012 Romania announced the implementation of the EU blue card procedure. Despite the announcement, there was a delay in application processing while authorities fully adjusted to the new process requirements.
Move One is proud to be among the first recipients of the so called “blue card” work permits issued in Bucharest, obtained on behalf of a highly qualified third country national and his Romanian company.
The “blue card” has the format of a standard Romanian work permit, however highly qualified status is specifically marked on the certificate. Although an EU directive prescribes the blue card as a combined work and residence permit, the card in Romania currently acts as work authorization only. In addition, a residence permit must be obtained after the foreigner’s arrival to the country.
Based on present procedure the “blue card” process is designated for highly qualified third country nationals who can fill specific job positions in Romania. The process slightly differs from standard work permit procedure. The main benefits related to blue cards are obtaining the permit within a shorter period of time and with longer validity. Unfortunately this type of permit also has limited quota with only 1000 permits for 2012, which could easily be reached by the middle of the summer.
Move One is monitoring the implementation process of the combined work and residence permit in Romania and will provide updates as they occur.
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