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The Romanian authorities may issue the following types of residence documents, depending on the nationality of the person:

Residence permits

Granted to foreign nationals on the basis of a type D long-stay visa.

Issued within 30-45 days of the date of application and valid with some exceptions, generally up to 12 months, with the possibility of extending the period of validity.

Mandatory, if the stay in Romania exceeds 90 days in a period of 180 days.

Unique permit

Residence document certifying the right of the foreign citizen to live and work in Romania on the basis of a work permit for a permanent worker.

Granted to foreign nationals on the basis of a specific work visa.

Issued within 30-45 days of submission of the application and valid for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extending the validity period.

Certificates of registration

Granted to EU / EEA / Switzerland citizens.

Issued within one day from the date of application, valid for a period of up to 5 years, with the possibility of extension.

Necessary if the stay in Romania exceeds 3 months.

Residence cards

Granted to foreign nationals who are family members of an EU / EEA / Swiss national.

Issued up to 90 days after the submission of the application and valid for a period of up to 5 years, with the possibility of extending the period of validity.

Mandatory if the stay in Romania exceeds 90 days in a period of 180 days.

EU blue cards

Granted to foreigners who are employed on the basis of a work permit for a highly qualified worker and who conclude local employment contracts for a period of at least 1 year. The monthly salary must be at the level of at least 2 average gross salaries per economy.

They are valid for up to 2 years, they can be extended, depending on the validity of the employment contract.

 

LONG-TERM RESIDENCE or the right of long-term residence in Romania may be granted by the Romanian authorities to foreign nationals who hold valid temporary residence documents, under the special conditions provided by law. The right of long-term stay in Romania ends when the absence from the territory of Romania exceeds 12 consecutive months, with some exceptions.

LONG-TERM RESIDENCE PERMITS / RESIDENCE CARDS

They can be granted to foreign nationals for up to 5 years, or up to 10 years for EU / EEA / Swiss Confederation citizens. In order to benefit from a long-term right of residence in Romania, the foreign citizen must have had a legal and continuous stay in Romania for the last 5 years, based on the documents of temporary residence in Romania. Foreign citizens must have knowledge of the Romanian language - conversational level.

The main right and advantage of the holder of a long-term residence permit in Romania is free access to the Romanian labor market - no work permit is required.

FAMILY REUNION

For non-EU citizens, the partner and children must obtain specific documents for family reunification (eg special approvals from the Inspectorate General for Immigration, long-stay visas type D, residence permits), if they accompany the foreign national during his / her stay / them in Romania. Children will obtain a residence permit, regardless of their age.

Family reunification procedures can be initiated once the foreign national obtains the EU residence permit / blue card.

EU citizens have the right to free movement and can travel in Romania without any formality (visa). They can register their residence in case of a stay longer than 3 months. In order to register the residence and respectively obtain a registration certificate in Romania, it is necessary that the marriage certificate and the birth certificates of the children hold the Hague Apostille, or the superlegalization stamps, as the case may be.

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