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On 10 March 2017 the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova passed Act No. 23/2017 partly transposing a number of EU instruments and thus simplifying immigration rules.
Subject to certain filing requirements with the Moldovan migration authorities, the new rules allow business sellers to stay in Moldova for 90 days within 12 consecutive months for the purpose of negotiating and signing sale and service agreements on behalf of a legal entity incorporated in an EU Member State.
A similar rule applies to contractual service suppliers acting for EU-incorporated legal entities, as well as to independent professionalswho can be entitled to a stay in Moldova for an overall six-month period within 12 consecutive months.
Act No. 23/2017 has also eased immigration rules for EU managers, specialists and graduate trainees.
can be entitled to a provisional stay in Moldova for up to three years (which is a significant improvement against the default one-year period applicable to foreign workforce).
University graduate trainees, i.e. EU Member State nationals, holders of a diploma of higher education, employed by an EU-incorporated legal entity for at least one year and seconded to its branch, representative office or legal entity in Moldova, can be entitled to a provisional stay for up to one year without the right of extension.
While the amendments appear to streamline immigration rules for certain categories of EU professionals, it remains to be seen how the new rules will come into play.