Updated: Jun 9, 2019
If you plan to stay more than 90 days
All foreign citizens that travel to Albania will get their passports stamped and recorded in electronic systems by border and migration officers. Residence permits are required for all the international citizens that need to stay in Albania for more than 90 days. The Law on Foreigners defines all the specifications about residence permits
Foreign citizens can be granted a temporary or permanent stay only by the provision of residence permit. Article 33 of the Law on Foreigners defines: “The authority responsible for border and migration shall issue one of the 21 following types of residence permits to the foreign citizens intending to reside in the Republic of Albania for a period longer than 90 days within 180 days, following fulfillment of the requirements foresaw in this law:
Type “A” residence permit, which is not renewable, gives to the holder the right to reside in the Republic of Albania during the period for which the residence permit is issuedType “B” residence permit, renewable, issued for a defined time period, gives to the holder the right to enter, stay and exit the Republic of Albania within the period defined in the residence permitType “C” residence is permanent permit and gives to the holder the right to enter, stay and exit the Republic of AlbaniaType “S” residence permit, renewable, after an interruption period of six months, which is issued to seasonal workers, gives to the holder the right to enter, stay and exit the Republic of Albania within the period of time defined in the residence permit“AL Blue Card” residence permit, renewable, issued for a defined period only to the highly qualified workers, gives to the holder the right to enter, stay and exit the Republic of Albania within the period defined in the residence permit“AL-C Blue Card” residence permit, is permanent and it is issued only to highly qualified workers and it gives to the holder the right to enter, stay and exit the Republic of Albania.
Moreover, the law specifies that the application for a residence permit must be conforming to the purpose of the visa used for entering Albania.
Terms and duration of residence permits
Residence permits are issued for:
Three months/ six months/ one year, and they can’t be renewed more than five timesTwo years, and it can be renewed only onceFive years, conforming to the provisions of this lawA permanent residence is issued for applicants that have resided in Albania for more than five consecutive years and have strong ties and activity in Albania.
Residence permits for specific categories
Further on, there are specific residence permits for the following categories:
Seasonal employeesUnpaid TraineesYouth ExchangeVoluntary servicesScientific researchStudents and School PupilsHumanitarian groundsVictims of trafficking of human beings
According to the above-mentioned law on foreigners, foreign citizens equipped with a residence permit may submit an application for family reunion purposes only if the following conditions are met:
Family members of the applicant reside outside the territory of Albania.The foreign citizen has been issued with a residence permit in the Republic of Albania for a validity period of at least one year and has the possibility to renew the permit in compliance with the provisions of this lawThe applicant guarantees normal housing according to the general standards of health and securityThe applicant has sickness insurance covered for him or her and his / her family members for whom he/ she has applied for family reunification;The applicant has for him/herself and family members sufficient funds to prevent them from applying for welfare and getting aidThe applicant submits the documentation based on the provisions of the decision of the Council of Ministers.
Those who are not Albanian citizens and wish to work in Albania for more than three months need a work permit. The request for the work permit should be completed before starting a job. All the required documents for the application can be obtained from the Migration Office, Albanian Embassy in one’s country of origin, or at regional labor office. Generally, the granting or refusal of a work permit takes no longer than 30 days after submitting the appropriate documentation. A work permit can be granted with or without time restrictions. The validity period of the work permit is based on the type of work permit.
The work permit will expire if:
the deadline is exceeded
the foreigner leaves Albania for a period longer than six months
or he/she does not start the activity for a period of three months from the date the work permit is issued.
Foreigners who will start an economic activity on the territory of the Republic of Albania are provided with the following types of work permits Interested on Applying Albania Visa ? Click Here