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Questions and Answers

Do I have to speak Romanian to get citizenship?

No, it is not necessary to speak Romanian in order to get citizenship through a Romanian ancestor. We’ve heard that some Romanian consulates ask the applicants to take an interview in “basic Romanian language” in order to pass the oath and finally, to receive the Romanian citizenship certificate. This is nothing but a patriotic nonsense.

The swearing-in ceremony (which comes after a person has been confirmed as being eligible, i.e. 18-24 months after they file the paperwork) requires only one thing: swearing a brief oath.

The oath needs to be sworn-to in Romanian, and this is the text:

Jur să fiu devotat Patriei și poporului român,

Să apăr drepturile și interesele naționale,

Să respect Constituția și legile României.

That is it.

Will my application for gaining Romanian citizenship affect my current citizenship?

We are aware of the fact that the following countries allow dual/multi citizenships by Ancestry (jure sanguinis): the United States, South Africa, Israel, Brazil, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Canada.

If you are a citizen of any other country, we will check for you or you can check with your country’s competent authorities.

Can I live in Romania after I get my citizenship?

To be able to live in Romania, you need to establish “domicile” in Romania which means that you either need to own property or have a property owner declare that you permanently reside there.

You can enter Romania with your Romanian passport, but you won’t be able to get a job or attend university (as a Romanian) until you get your ID card (called carte de identitate). And you can’t get the ID card until you’ve established domicile in Romania.

It is very simple to obtain an ID card and we can help you with this!

How many generations are eligible to obtain the Romanian citizenship based on their ancestors?

According to the Romanian Citizenship Law, the regaining of the citizenship can be granted to people who lost their Romanian citizenship or to their descendants up to grade II (children, grandchildren). For people from Romanian former territory (Basarabia, Northern Bucovina), their descendants can go back three generations.

 

What if my grandparent/parent was born in Ukraine or Moldova?

As long as they were born before the year of 1940 in Basarabia or Northern Bucovina, you qualify.

What if my Romanian grandparent/parent is deceased?

This does not affect the citizenship process. You can still obtain your deceased ancestor’s birth certificate from Romania, thus your Romanian citizenship and passport.

Is there a way to speed up the application process?

There is no way to speed up the application process because the National Citizenship Authority follows the same procedure for all files concerning the Romanian citizenship based on an ancestor born in Romania.

How long does the citizenship process take?

Counting from the moment you submit the file, it could take between 18-22 months for your request to be approved. 

Can I obtain the passport right after my request is approved?

Obtaining a Romanian passport is an additional process. In order to receive the Romanian passport you will need first to register your foreign civil status documents in the Romanian civil status registry. This means that you need to obtain the Romanian versions of your birth and marriage certificates and if case, register your changes of names or divorce in Romania.

Only after you have obtained these documents, you will be able to apply for a Romanian EU passport.

Are there any obligations for me once I become a Romanian citizen?

To obtain the Romanian citizenship, you do not need to learn the language, learn history, live in the country nor pay taxes. Your only obligation according to law is to register your civil status in Romania (see step two of the citizenship procedure – click here).

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