Persons who are not Albanian citizens and wish to work in Albania need a work permit issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economy.
The granting or refusal of a work permit is done within a period of 10 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 and also in the nationality of the employee. The work permit will expire if the deadline is exceeded, if the foreigner leaves Albania for a period longer than six months or does not start the activity for a period of three months from the date the work permit is issued.
The request for renewal is submitted at least 30 days before the expiration of the existing permit. The competent authority issues the renewed permit within 30 days from submission of the complete application and fulfilment of the conditions for renewal.
Citizens of the European Union (EU) and Schengen countries have the same employment rights as Albanian citizens, except when the legislation may require Albanian citizenship for certain positions. US citizens can also stay in Albania for at least a year without a residence permit and they as well has the same employment rights as Albanian citizens.