• 24/06/2024 08:43

Romania is included in Schengen: what will change in the rules of stay and employment of Ukrainians

On March 31, Romania officially partially entered the Schengen zone, and from April 1, 2024, began issuing Schengen visas type C. Citizens of Ukraine who travel to work in Romania with a biometric passport must now take into account visa-free days. During the same period, you can work in the country without additional work permits. This is reported in the EWL Migration Platform.

Romania is included in Schengen: what will change in the rules of residence and employment of Ukrainians

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Until March 31, citizens of Ukraine could visit Romania within the framework of a visa-free regime with the EU, also without visas, but the time of their stay was not counted in the total period of stay in the European Union.

Now the conditions of Ukraine's visa-free regime with the EU allow Ukrainians to stay in Romania without more than 90 days in 180 days, unless they receive a residence permit or temporary protection.

“This is the only difference that concerns Ukrainian citizens who plan to visit, stay or work in Romania. In general, Romania remains the country in the EU where it is easiest for Ukrainian citizens to legalize and find employment,” comments Margarita Nesterenko, head of international recruitment at the EWL Migration Platform.

How to stay in the country longer

In order to stay in the country longer, you should obtain temporary protected status. In Romania it is given to Ukrainian citizens regardless of where they were before the start of a full-scale war. Even if they have already enjoyed asylum in another EU country or had visas or residence permits in other European countries.

Another option is that you can work on the basis of biometrics for 3 months without receiving temporary protection status. And then – submit documents for a residence permit.

Ukrainians in Romania

According to UNHCR, as of March 24 in There were 78,673 Ukrainian citizens in Romania with temporary protected status. Last year, Romania recorded a record employment of Ukrainian citizens.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Romania, 6,954 Ukrainian citizens who left for Romania due to the war have been employed (data for September 2023).

According to the President of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR), Mihai Daraban, more than 775 Ukrainian companies entered the Romanian market after the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, and more than 300 Ukrainian companies began operating in Romania only in 2023.

< p>A significant part of them are the IT sector, service sector, construction, trade, road freight transportation, business and management consulting.


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