What is the change? Romania will increase its overall work permit quota for non-EU/EEA nationals to 7,000 this year, up from 5,500 in 2017.

What does the change mean? The quota increased by 1,000 in the category for local hires/permanent workers and by 500 for assignees/seconded workers. Other categories will have the same quotas as last year.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and non-EU/EEA nationals applying for work permits.
  • Next steps: Work permit applications must be supported by a quota slot and will not be issued once the quotas are reached.

Background: The overall quota increased compared to the 2017 quota.

Category 2017 2018
Local hire/permanent 3,000 4,000
Assignee/seconded 700 1,200
Intracompany transfer 700 700
Highly skilled (EU Blue Card) 500 500
Interns 100 100
Seasonal 400 400
Cross-border workers 100 100
Total 5,500 7,000

BAL Analysis: Employers should factor in the adjustments to the quota numbers when planning for hiring and recruitment in the coming year. The increases in the quota for local hires/permanent workers and for assignees/seconded workers are welcome news, especially after 2017 work permit quotas for these categories were exhausted in November.