Germany: Work Permit Requirements Extended for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

Germany: Work Permit Requirements Extended for Bulgarian and Romanian NationalsBulgarian and Romanian nationals will continue to require work permits to take up employment in Germany, though beginning January 1, 2012 there will be a new work permit exception for these nationals holding a university-level degree seeking to work within their profession.

Bulgarian and Romanian nationals will continue to require work permits to take up employment in Germany, through the end of 2013. However, beginning January 1, 2012 there will be a new work permit exception for Bulgarians and Romanians who hold a university-level degree that is relevant to their proposed position in Germany.

When Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, member countries were allowed to maintain work restrictions for nationals of both countries as transitional measures for an initial period of five years. Member countries could renew the restrictions for two additional years if their elimination would adversely disturb their domestic labor market.

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Source: Fragomen