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The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs drafts employment policies for foreigners

 
 
Employment for Foreigners in Albania

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is the institution that drafts employment policies for foreigners and coordinates the activity of employment structures of foreigners, as well as issues them a working permit for the Republic of Albania.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and its internal bodies cooperate with other institutions for determining the paths of development of the foreigners' labour market in the Republic of Albania.

The employment office, the sector of immigration in the local unit issues:

Type B working permit, type D working permit in all cases when the activity of the individual is extended in only one local unit.

Directorate of Immigration at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs issues:

a)Type A working permit, type B working permit, type D working permit, when the activity of the individual extends to more than one local unit;

b) Type C working permit, type E working permit, type F working permit, type G working permit, type H working permit, which do not have geographical restrictions;

c) Unrestricted working permit, for cases as established by Article 33 of the law (when a person is married to an Albanian citizen, has residence permit and continues marital life; or has finished a state or private school that is recognized as such by the Republic of Albania);

d) Working permit for persons who carry out their activities in local units that do not have an employment office;


Foreign citizen who applies for working permit of type A, B, D, E, F, G will submit the following document to the competent authority:

a) A request, together with a resume of his/her employment history;

b) A copy of the employment contract signed by the parties;

c) Qualifications, in compliance with the contract and the position;

d) A written request from the employer that will hire the petitioner together with the document certifying the hiring of two Albanian citizens together with a foreign one, as per Albanian law;

e) The court decision of the place of origin where he is registered as a legal person;

f) Proof of lawful entry in the territory of the Republic of Albania.

g) Document that certifies participation in the social insurance scheme or evidence of social insurance in the place of origin.

h) A legal report issued by the competent authorities at the place of origin or in the Republic of Albania;

i) 4 passport pictures;

j) The filled out form that is issued by the body that gives the working permit;

In case of renewal of working permits mentioned above, the petitioner must certify he has fulfilled all his commitments at the Tax Office, an audit document of the ISHP (Public Health Institute) as well as the previous working permit.


5. A foreign citizen that applies for working permits of the types C and H, will submit the following documents to the competent authority:

a) A request, together with a resume of his/her employment history;

b) A copy of the employment contract signed by the parties;

c) Qualifications, in compliance with the contract and the position;

d) A written request from the employer that will hire the petitioner together with the document certifying the hiring of two Albanian citizens together with a foreign one, as per Albanian law;

e) The court decision of the place of origin where he is registered as a legal person;

f) Proof of lawful entry in the territory of the Republic of Albania.

g) Document that certifies participation in the social insurance scheme or evidence of social insurance in the place of origin.

h) A criminal record certificate issued by the competent authorities at the place of origin or in the Republic of Albania;

i) 4 passport pictures;

j) The filled out form that is issued by the body that gives the working permit;

k) Documented evidence that the employer hiring him has met all his obligations, a confirmation from ISHP, from the Tax Office as well as a previous working permit.

All documents originating from the place of origin, according to paragraphs 4 and 5, must be notarised.

Foreign citizens that request a working permit will be rejected in case they fail to comply with one of the elements provided in Articles 4-11 of the law. In addition, the working permit may be refused when law violations are evidenced as committed by the employee, employer or self-hired individuals.

The working permit will be suspended upon any change of the substantial terms of its approval, and in cases when the working contract becomes null and void, in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Labour.

A foreign citizen whose working permit has been suspended has the right to file a claim against the suspension at an institution of a higher level within a period of two weeks.

In case of a negative response, the foreign citizen has the right to file a claim at the head of the institution within a week from receiving notice of the negative response.

The response at the second level will be final and is given within a week from the filing of the claim.

Working permit fees vary from 2 000 lek to 10 000 lek. The fee is determined for each type of working permit through a special ordinance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

 



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