How to Become a Romanian Citizen

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Romanian citizenship can be obtained in several ways. You may be Romanian by birth if you are born on Romanian territory or abroad to at least one Romanian parent, if you are adopted by a Romanian citizen as a minor or if you are an orphan located within Romanian territory. Citizenship is also available for those who have lost their citizenship through a process or repatriation. For all others Romanian citizenship must be applied for by following a series of required steps.

  • Determine whether you fit the requirements to apply for Romanian citizenship. If you have been married to a Romanian citizen for at least 3 years, have been living within Romanian territory for at least 5 years, or were born within Romanian territory and still reside there, you may be eligible. Applicants must also be over 18, have a means of support, be in good standing within the community, speak Romanian, and must not have any criminal convictions either in Romania or abroad which may make him unworthy of being a Romanian citizen.

  • Contact the Visa section of your local Romanian Consulate. Request a citizenship application form and the corresponding instructions. You may pick up the form at the consulate or have it emailed or mailed to your address. Find out the hours and days when citizenship applications are accepted at the consulate. These will differ from normal working hours.

  • Complete the application for Romanian citizenship and submit it along with the processing fee and the required official documents to the nearest Romanian consulate. The application will be forwarded to a special commission under the Romanian Minister of Justice in Romania.

  • Publish notice of your request in the Romanian Official Gazette as instructed by the commission. Once published the application will be scrutinized for a 30-day period at the conclusion of which you may be asked for further documentary proof, or invited for an in-person interview. Other witnesses may be called and official information may be petitioned from government agencies. The commission will then report positively or negatively to the Minister of Justice who will then approve the application. The decision will be published and you will be notified.

  • Attend a swearing in ceremony at the consulate and your Romanian citizenship will be official.

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