Romania has increased the minimum salary required for both the Standard Work Permit and the European Union (EU) Blue Card classifications. The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for highly skilled non-EU citizens. Pursuant to the new regulations, applicants for these work permit categories must meet the following minimum threshold requirements:
- Standard Work Permit: 2415 RON per month (approximately US $598); the threshold for 2014 was 2223 RON per month (approximately US $550)
- EU Blue Card: 9660 RON per month (approximately US $2,393); the threshold for 2014 was 8892 RON per month (approximately US $2,202).
Allowances and discretionary bonuses cannot be used to satisfy the minimum threshold amount, and the applicant’s base monthly salary, as stated on their employment contract, must meet the requirements above.
As always, Foster will continue to monitor changes in requirements and procedures that have an impact on immigration-related benefits and requirements, and will provide future updates via our firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com.