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Information on Working in Germany for Romanians

Romanian citizens working in Germany:
Germany needs qualified foreign academics, IT specialists, scientists, enineering professionals, managers, and workers with specialist knowledge.

If you have a job offer from a German company you are entitled to work in Germany under the following rules. 

Restricted EU Work Permit: 
- As a Romanian, you must get a restricted EU work with freedom of movement permit to work in Germany. 
Transitional rule, which will end by 2014.
The Federal Employment Agency in Germany issues the permit.
Permit has to be received before you start working.
Permit initially given as a temporary EU work permit for twelve months.
After a minimum of twelve months of continual work, you are entitled to an EU right to work and can apply for a permanent work permit.

How to get a restricted "EU work with freedom of movement permit" to work in Germany:
1) You need a written job offer / employment contract from a German company.

2) You will need to send your application to The Work Permit Team (AE) of the International Placement Services of the Federal Employment Agency called the „Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung – ZAV“. 

- The agency which will give you the permit is based in the area where your employer is located. 
- Your employer in Germany will know the details of the agency you need to send your application to.

3) Send your permit application documents to this agency at least four weeks before you plan to start work. 

4) Your application documents must be complete and include:
-  A fully completed application form for a restricted EU work permit („Arbeitserlaubnis EU“)
-  Copy of Passport 
-  Qualifcation Certificate showing proof of your higher education or vocational training
-  A specific job offer and description by the employer with the main working conditions (particularly pay and working hours) 
-  Copy of the freedom of movement certificate („Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“) – given from the office where you received your passport 

5) Please remember that your application being processed may take some time.

6) The permit is initially for a period of twelve months. 

7) After a minimum of twelve months of work without interruption you will be allowed to work in Germany permanently if you have a job. 

Full EU Work Permit („Arbeitsberechtigung EU“):
The full EU work permit provides unrestricted access to the German labour market. An entitlement may be given, for example, after an uninterrupted twelve month period (minimum) of employment in Germany. 

Family members of workers who have lawfully established a common residence in Germany and are entitled to an EU work permit, may also apply for a full work permit.

Germany as a Place of Work for Romanians:
- There is a large Romanian community in Germany, currently approximately 120,000 people.
- Skilled Romanians working in Germany enjoy a very high standard of living and benefit from a wide range of opportunities for shopping, sport, leisure and culture. 
- Visiting family and friends in Romania is no problem. With up to 30 days paid holiday per year, you can easily avail of some free time to travel home.

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