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Non-Albanian citizens who wish to work in Albania typically need a work permit. The requirement for a work permit depends on the individual's nationality, the type of work they will be engaged in, and the duration of their employment.

The application process for a work permit in Albania usually involves several steps. It typically requires the employer to initiate the application on behalf of the employee. The process involves completing an application form, submitting supporting documents, and paying the applicable fees. The employer's involvement and specific requirements may vary based on the type of work permit and the individual's circumstances.

The specific documents required for a work permit application in Albania may vary based on the type of employment and the individual's situation. However, common documents typically include a valid passport, employment contract, educational qualifications, proof of health insurance coverage, and any other documents requested by the relevant authorities.

The processing time for a work permit in Albania can vary. It may depend on factors such as the workload of the authorities, the completeness of the application, and any additional requirements or checks that need to be conducted. It is advisable to consult with the relevant authorities or seek professional advice to get accurate information about the current processing times.

In some cases, holding a work permit in Albania can serve as a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship. The specific regulations and requirements for obtaining permanent residency or citizenship may vary, and it's advisable to consult with the appropriate authorities or seek legal advice for detailed information regarding your specific situation.

To apply for an Albanian visa, you must follow the following steps:

  1. Visit the online page of E-Visa and fill out the application online. You have to log in or register a new account before you can proceed with the rest of the application.
  2. Gather all the requested documents. The documents are listed in the ‘Albania Visa Requirements’ below. You must submit the documents via the website in PDF format. The Consult will process your application. If your application meets all the requested requirements, the consult will send you a message to continue your fee payment.
  3. Pay the Albania visa fee. Complete the visa application fee payment at the bank, and attach the payment recipe to other requested documents.
  4. Wait for a response. You must receive an answer by text or email for your visa result from the Consul if your visa has been approved or denied.

An Albanian visa takes 15 working days to be processed. However, depending on when you plan to apply, the embassy can extend the processing time to 30 days. 

The validity of a tourist Albanian visa is 90 days within 180 days. This type of visa is issued with one, two, or multiple entries. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you can apply for a long-stay or (D) visa. The long-stay visa is issued for one year.

Note: If you stay longer than 90 days with a tourist visa in the Republic of Albania, you will be banned from Albania and not be allowed to enter Albania for five years.

From March 2020, Albania has made a new rule for its visa fees. Citizens coming from different countries need to pay a visa fee as much as they charge Albanian citizens to pay in their home country. For example, if an Albanian citizen must pay €80 to enter Argentina, then an Argentina citizen must pay the same fee when applying for an Albanian visa.

The embassy can always reject a visa if the visa does not fulfill all the requested requirements, meaning that even an Albanian visa can be rejected. Here are some of the most common reasons why your Albanian visa can be rejected.

  • Uncompleted documents.
  • False information.
  • Not attending your visa appointment on time.
  • When your information on the requested documents does not combine with the answer to questions in the interview.

However, if your Albanian visa is rejected, you can reapply or appeal the rejection.

A residence permit will allow you to stay in Albania longer than 90 days. Depending on your stay purpose, you can apply for a residence permit for work, study, family reunion, etc. You must apply for a residence permit after 30 days of entering Albania. The application procedure is online; you must apply online at the E-Albania. Follow these steps:

  • Click on the ‘Residence Permit’ button and complete the application with all the requested information.
  • Update all the other requested documents in PDF format.
  • An electronic notification arrives at the Police State office, and they start to process the application.

The application must prove that:

  • You fulfill all the requested criteria.
  • You have all the requested documents.
  • Your documents are original, legalized, and translated into the Albanian language.

After finishing all the demanded steps online, you must appear at the Migration Office of Regional in person and apply for a residence permit there. The local Migration Office will process your visa application. It takes 30 days to receive an answer.

After receiving an answer, you can collect your residence permit at the same office where you have submitted your visa application.

The Republic of Albania is not a part of the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of Albania can apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System), starting from 2024, and visit the Schengen countries for 90 days for tourism, business purposes, etc.

However, holders of a Schengen visa are eligible to visit Albania for 90 days.

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