We intend to use this write-up as a continuation in our research on countries where it is ideal for you to relocate all over the world. Here, we are delighted in presenting to you living and working in Romania.
LIVING AND WORKING IN ROMANIA
ROMANIA is a delightful country located in the southeastern area of Central Europe. Romania shares borders with Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. It is a member of the European Union since 2007, and the Romanian visa is a Schengen visa. As of 2015, the population of Romania is 19,870,647, with the national capital at Bucharest, a city that stands as the cultural, financial and industrial centre of the southeastern European country.
ADVANTAGES OF CHOOSING ROMANIA FOR LIVING AND WORKING.
1. Romania is a member of the European Union therefore your entry visa and subsequent resident permits offer you the freedom of travelling to all the countries under the European Union and beyond without the hassle of obtaining an entry visa.
2. Romania is adjudged to be a civilized country, hence you’re living with friendly people where racial discrimination rarely occurs.
3. Despite being an advanced industrialised country the cost of living is not high compared with some adjacent countries.
4. The highest positive point in choosing Romania is that education is relatively affordable. Tuition fees are free in most public education institutions up to a Master’s degree level.
5. Living in Romania your safety is guaranteed, violent crime is low, it is a place where you have the freedom of movement without the fear of being attacked.
6. Unlike some advanced countries, travelling within the country is inexpensive and a pleasure to undertake.
LIVING AND WORKING IN ROMANIA
Any immigrant considering living and working in Romania has three options in which he can research and work on to achieve the goal legally.
1. SEEKING OUTRIGHT ASYLUM
2. GET A JOB IN ROMANIA FROM YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE AND PROCESS A WORK VISA.
3. ADOPT THE STUDY TO STAY APPROACH.
Let’s take the options one by one:
1. SEEKING OUTRIGHT ASYLUM
Besides the economic reason that usually makes many migrants seek permanent relocation to a European country, wars, conflicts, insecurity, political persecutions, inhumane treatment and famine in their home country could act as a major factor why a foreigner could seek permanent relocation to Romania, a place where he or she believed the environment is stable and safe for him and his wards.
Asylum is common nowadays especially in Europe due to the aforementioned reasons. Wars in the Middle East and Africa are driving able body people away from their home country. The obvious reasons are enough to tender asylum papers and apply for asylum in Romania. Recent examples are Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and the endless conflict in the Central African region. Lately, we have had a brutal war ongoing in Ukraine instigated by Putin of Russia, very unfortunate.
2. APPLY DIRECTLY FOR A JOB IN ROMANIA
In your quest to live and work in Romania the fastest way to enter, if you’re a Skilled worker or a professional in a sought-after field, is to search and get a job in Romania from your country of residence.
Even though it seems the fastest way of getting or relocating to Romania, it is the most strict means of living and working in Romania.
These are the systematic ways of processing a job and obtaining a work visa:
1. Search for a job you are professionally qualified for through online means or you can engage the service of an experienced job recruiter who is well-grounded in Eastern European countries’ jobs.
2. If you’re successful in securing a job, you can commence the process of applying for a Romania work visa. Applying through a job recruiter make things simple if you have absolute confidence in the recruiter’s ability to process a work visa and the organisation isn’t exploitative.
If you intend to do it personally, this is how to go about it.
HOW TO PROCESS A ROMANIA WORK VISA.
1. Search for a job that is available for non-EU citizens. Please note that it is when a Romanian or citizen of the EU cannot fill a vacancy that a non-EU citizen is employed in a position.
2. Engage professional job recruiters: As long as you don’t employ a fraudulent job recruiter, this is the right way to get a job nowadays, due to the fact that they’re abreast with current happening in Romania or elsewhere, they are in a better position to assist in getting the right job.
Often time, job recruiters don’t fancy applicants residing abroad, however, if you forward your curriculum vitae and it is rich enough, nothing stops you from being considered.
3. Contact a relative or friend currently living in Romania or a nearby country to assist in securing a job offer for you. Because they’re familiar with the terrain, a reliable relative should be able to know the existing vacancies in his area and assist you in processing a job that you’re qualified for.
4. If all of the above failed and you’re sure of getting a job in Romania the last option available for you is to obtain a tourist visa of one of the Schengen zone and travel to Romania for job searching purposes. If you succeed, you can return to your country with the job offer and approach a Romanian Embassy and apply for a work visa.
LIVING AND WORKING IN ROMANIA NON-EU CITIZENS – SECURING A JOB OFFER
After much effort in job searching, if you’re able to secure a job offer from a company or organisation in Romania, the next step is to apply for a work visa before departing for Romania.
HOW TO GET ROMANIA WORK VISA
Because getting a work visa is a prerequisite for getting Employment Permit, it’s a must to process a work visa before departing your country of residence.
This is how to do it.
1. Get a job offer from a company or organisation in Romania
2. Obtain an online work visa application form or approach the Romanian Embassy in your country of residence for an updated directive.
Carefully read and complete the online visa application form
Attach the following documents:
1. The original job offer.
2. Your International passport with at least 12 months validity and unused visa pages.
3. Photocopy of the data page of your passport.
4. Two recently acquired passport-sized photographs with white background.
5. Evidence of accommodation arranged by you or your employer.
6. Evidence of flight booking and return ticket.
7. Evidence of Basic travelling allowance.
8. Proof of travel health insurance cover from a reputable insurance company.
9. All the documents used in processing the job applied for.
10. Your reasons for relocation.
11. Photocopies of the previous visa in your passport (if any)
SUBMISSION AT THE EMBASSY
After the compilation of the above-mentioned documents, you should submit them personally at the Irish Embassy in your country of residence.
Please note the following at the point of submission:
1. Pay the required visa application processing fee
2. Do the biometric fingerprint scans
3. Enquire about the possible date of the interview before living
3. STUDY TO STAY APPROACH
This is perhaps the option we believed is the most realistic and achievable, a highly recommended of the three options. If you can invest your time and resources, the third option is a win situation.
The main point of this approach is that you research seriously of course or courses of study that is relevant to the industrial or social needs of Romania. For example, nowadays most European countries are experiencing acute shortages of the workforce in the health sector due to the impact of COVID-19 and the gap must be filled urgently to avoid health catastrophe.
Likewise, most countries are seriously going digital therefore there are shortfalls in digital personnel. Software engineers and developers, Mechanical engineers, Information technology designers and operators are in great demand. If an immigrant who is good in science can invest time and financial resources in studying any of the aforementioned courses, the chances of getting a job are hundred per cent.
Secondly, while studying you can master the Romanian language and culture which will be essential for your survival and day-to-day interactions in future. Importantly you can easily be assimilated and get used to the environment.
Thirdly, the ice on the cake is that after studies if you decide to move on your certificate is highly recognised in all countries of the European Union and beyond. Getting a job becomes easy.
HOW TO PROCESS THE STUDY TO STAY APPROACH
1. Search for a Higher Educational institution of your choice
The first step is to set up a search for a higher education institution in Romania where you can study and obtain an internationally recognised certificate.
2. Get an offer of admission from the College or university of your choice
3. when you obtained all the requirements the next step is to apply for a Romania student visa.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A ROMANIA STUDENT VISA
Any prospective student applying for a Romania student visa should be glad that they don’t need a qualifying examination to apply for any of the recognized universities’ offers of admission. Hence you don’t need a competitive examination. All you need is to place in your application to any university of your choice.
Submit your credentials for scrutinization to the university and wait for the University’s Offer of admission
REQUIREMENTS FOR ROMANIA STUDENT VISA
1. Obtain the student visa application form which shall be in two copies for the issuance of a Letter of Acceptance for admission.
2. Submission of all your academic certificates that will qualify you for admission into the Romania University.
3. If you’re applying for a master’s degree the certificate you’re submitting should be a first degree or equivalent.
4. Submission of your academic transcript in copy with a notarized translation.
5. Birth certificate with a notarized translation.
6. The data page of your international passport with at least 12 months validity, must be submitted in a notarized format.
7. Various health certificates that are required for international travel prove that the applicant is in sound health to undertake a course of study in Romania.
Please note that all documents you’re submitting shall come with a notarized translation and shall be endorsed by the Romanian Embassy in your country of residence or a notary public.
All the documents shall be mailed to the university you selected.
Furthermore, when the university of your choice accepted and issues its acceptance of enrolment, the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports will issue a letter of Acceptance of studies.
Please ensure you provide an active Email because the Ministry will mail the acceptance of admission to the mail address you submitted in the enrolment form.
APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA.
Please note that you will apply for a student visa at the Romanian Embassy in your country of residence by submitting the following and other relevant documents:
1. The original copy of the letter of acceptance of studies as received from the Romanian Ministry of Education.
2. Your international passport with 12 months validity
3. All the documents used in processing the admission.
4. Evidence of payment of school fees for the first 9 months.
5. Your bank account statement.
6. Copy of your passport’s data page.
7. Your health certificate
8. Evidence of the payment of the visa fees.
9. Other documents as requested by the embassy.
Please note that it is imperative to appear and submit all the required documents personally because the applicants shall undergo biometric data capturing.
LIVING AND WORKING IN ROMANIA – THE ADVANTAGES OF STUDY TO STAY OPTION.
1. The major benefits of the study to stay approach are that you study a course that is relevant to the industrial or social needs of Romania.
2. While studying you will master the Romanian language and culture which will be essential for your survival and day-to-day interactions in future. Importantly you can easily be assimilated and get used to the weather.
3. The beauty of studying in Romania is that you have the chance of searching for a job before your student visa expires, and if you secure employment you can stay indefinitely to process your work or residence permits.
4. Because you studied in Romania, we believe vividly that you are familiar with the terrain and the language, therefore navigating your ways will not be difficult.
That’s why we strongly recommend and in support of the study to stay approach.
That’s all for now on living and working in Romania.
O. R. Salahudeen who is a graduate of University of JOS have developed the passion of becoming a writer and UNDp has been his dream. He put lots of passion in doing his work and also love the fact that he can do it from his home