As a self-employed worker wishing to carry out independent activities in Romania, you do not need a work authorisation but must apply for a long-stay visa.
Each visa is granted with a certain purpose, depending on the activities that will be undertaken in Romania. The conditions you must comply with and the necessary documentation you must provide, vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for.
If you intend to work in Romania for more than 90 days, you must also get a temporary residence permit after you arrive in Romania.
You are allowed to perform the following activities:
Professional activities - activities individually performed according to the specific national laws which regulate the conditions for carrying out each liberal professional job (doctor, lawyer, pharmacist etc.).
Commercial activities - activities performed by the person who is a shareholder or an associate in a company and who has administrative and management abilities.
Economic activities - activities carried out by authorised individuals or individual/family companies (associations).
|Where and how to apply|
You must apply for a long-stay visa for professional, commercial or economic activities at the Romanian embassy in your country of origin or residence.
Temporary residence permit
Upon arrival, you must apply for a temporary residence permit for professional, commercial or economic activities at the General Inspectorate for Immigration.
Long-stay visa for professional activities
To obtain a long-stay visa for professional activities, you must:
Long stay visa for commercial activities
Issuance of this kind of visa will be available shortly.
Long-stay visa for economic activities
To obtain a long-stay visa for economic activities, you must:
Temporary residence permit
If you entered Romania on the basis of a long stay visa, you may be granted a temporary residence permit, which will extend your right to stay on the territory for successive periods of up to one year.
Temporary residence permit for professional activities:
In addition to the general conditions set out above, you must also prove that you:
Temporary residence permit for commercial activities:
In addition to the general conditions set out above, you must:
Temporary residence permit for economic activities :
In addition to the general conditions set out above you must:
|Duration of validity of permits|
The long-stay visa allows you to stay in Romania for a maximum of 90 days. Within this period you should apply for a temporary residence permit at least 30 days before expiry of the visa.
The residence permit for professional, economic or commercial activities is valid for up to one year, renewable.
If you have a residence permit for commercial activities and can prove that you have invested over 500.000 EUR or created over 50 jobs in Romania, your right to temporary residence can be extended for successive periods of up to three years.
More on permits for carrying out professional activities (in Romanian).
More on permits for carrying out commercial activities (in Romanian).
|Change of activities||You are not allowed to change activities for as long as you hold a long-stay visa or a temporary residence permit. These documents were acquired for a certain purpose, which cannot be changed.|
To be granted a long-term residence permit, you must show that your temporary stay in Romania has been legal and continuous for at least five years. Only half the time spent as a student with a temporary residence permit can be taken into account when calculating this period.
During the five-year period, you must not have left Romania for more than six months in one year and more than ten months in total.
You must show:
You must also do a language test to prove a satisfactory level of Romanian and must not pose a threat to public order or national security.
If you have obtained a permanent right to stay you will be issued with a long-term residence permit, renewable every five years.
Long-term resident status gives you equal treatment with Romanian citizens regarding the conditions for access to the labour market (except public prerogatives), education and vocational training, social security, social and health care, social protection and medical assistance.
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