Ministry of Internal Affairs

Frequent questions

How to obtain a short-stay visa for cultural, scientific, humanitarian, short-term medical treatment, etc?

Entry on the Romanian territory may be permitted to foreigners who fulfill the following conditions:

  • possess a valid document for crossing the state border, which is accepted by the Romanian state;
  • possess a visa or residence permit granted under GEO no.194 / 2002 or, if applicable, have any authorization entitling the holder to transit or stay in Romania based on EU legislation, mandatory and applicable to Romania if, through international agreement, it wasn’t otherwise agreed;
  • shows documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay and which prove the existence of appropriate means both for maintenance during the stay, and for return to the country of origin or transit to another state where there is there is a certainty that the person will be allowed entry;
  • provides guarantees that the person will be allowed entry into the State of destination or that he/she will leave the territory of Romania, in case of foreigners in transit;
  • their names are not placed under alerts in the NISA system for the purpose of refusing the entry on the Romanian territory;
  • there are no alerts on their name in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of refusing the entry;
  • they do not endanger the national defense and security, public order, public health or ethics.

1. Foreigner – the person who does not have Romanian citizenship, citizenship of another member state of the European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation citizenship;

Short-stay visa

If you wish to travel to Romania for a short period of time and are a national of a State which requires a visa, you must obtain a short-stay visa (symbol C).

Consult the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter Romania.

Consult the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania.

Short-stay visa allows you to request entry on the Romanian territory for reasons other than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose duration should not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania. This type of visa can be issued with one or more entries.

Also, the travel document in which the visa is to be applied must meet the following criteria: its validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months and it must have been released in the last 10 years.

For some of the countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania, it is required to get an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The invitation can be made by an individual or legal person, Romanian or foreign citizen residing in Romania.(See the list of countries whose citizens need an invitation in order to obtain a visa to enter Romania).

Short-stay visa entitles you to visit Romania for a limited time and cannot be extended. If you want to stay for a longer period of time in Romania, you must obtain a long-stay visa and subsequently a residence permit in Romania.

You can get a short-stay visa from diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The right to stay in Romania, which will be conferred by the short-stay visa cannot be extended. However, if, for objective reasons, you cannot leave Romania within the validity of the given visa, you can get a return decision from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The visa fee is 60 Euro and it is paid to the Romanian diplomatic mission in the state in which you are requesting it.

Types of visa

Consult the list of documents required to obtain visas for short stay, depending on the purpose of your coming in Romania:

When short-stay visa is conditioned by invitation

If you hold a simple passport, you can get short-stay visa with one or more entries as long as you present to the diplomatic missions and consular offices a written invitation (see pattern here), approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the part of an individual or legal person in Romania.

The invitation, accompanied by a series of documents, depending on the purpose, is filled in under (two copies) and then submitted to the territorial unit of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. See list of documents required for the endorsement of the invitations depending on the reason of coming to Romania: visit tourism business.

Invitations are approved within 60 days from the submission date.

For foreigners who want to come in Romania for tourism, in organized groups of minimum 20 people, at the request of companies regulated by the Law no.31 / 1990, republished, with subsequent amendments, members of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Romania, the approval of the invitations is made within 30 days from the submission date.

If approved, a copy of the invitation will be handed to the inviter, who will forward it to you. You will present the invitation, in original, to the diplomatic missions or the consular office, accompanied by the other documents, in order to obtain the Romanian visa. You must apply for a visa within 30 days of the approval of the invitation, otherwise it loses its validity.

The inviter, person or entity, shall pay the expenses incurred by the removal from Romania of the invited foreigners. The invitation shall be enforceable in case the invited foreigner does not leave Romania until the date the right to stay established through visa ceases.

The right of residence in Romania may not exceed the right of residence conferred by the visas / residence permits in question.

You can calculate your right to your residence by using the following link http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-vis… made available in this respect by the European Commission.

Exceptions for short-stay visa

There are certain situations when for obtaining a short-stay visa you no longer need an invitation endorsed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration; in this situation you will apply for a visa to the diplomatic or consular offices based on a legalised invitation. (See exceptions from the invitation procedure).

For the approval of a short-stay visa, the National Visa Center requires the official point of view of the General Inspectorate for Immigration thus increasing the term of granting the visa. The General Inspectorate for Immigration must reply regarding the short-stay visa within 7 working days of receipt of the request and in duly justified cases the deadline may be extended by another 7 days. There are also situations where there is no need for General Inspectorate for Immigration’ s official point of view.  (See list of exceptions to the opinion GII)

If you are a citizen of states whose nationals need a visa (see listyou can enter Romania without a visa if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • you are a holder of uniform visas (with two or more entries), of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas or of residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of visas for short stay or long stay and of residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia – for transit and stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania, if the documents submitted are within the validity period and the number of entries and the duration of the authorized stay have not been exceeded.
  • you hold a valid long-term residence permit issued by an EU member state – for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay on Romania’s territory;
  • you own a small traffic permit issued in accordance with GEO no. 194/2002 on foreigners in Romania and with European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1931/2006 of 20 December 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention, provided that you exercise your right to move in line with the small border traffic regime.  
  • you are the holder of travel documents with a red or blue cover, issued by the United Nations, except for those with a blue cover and the numerical series preceded by the letter A  – for an uninterrupted stay or several stays not exceeding 90 days in during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania. In each case, the foreign national must present, together with the travel document, a certificate attesting that the holder is traveling for official purposes, as referred to in the United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport  – for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a member of diplomatic missions and consular offices, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport   – during the mission, with prior notice of their names. The same facilities shall be enjoyed by the family members of the above-mentioned persons, who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic passports, during the mission of these persons.
  • you are citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as family members with whom they manage together, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports  – are exempt from the visa requirement for the entire duration of the holder’s mission, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, 30 (thirty) days before the start of their official mission.
How to obtain a short-stay visa for sport activities?

Entry on the Romanian territory may be permitted to foreigners who fulfill the following conditions:

  • possess a valid document for crossing the state border, which is accepted by the Romanian state;
  • possess a visa or residence permit granted under GEO no.194 / 2002 or, if applicable, have any authorization entitling the holder to transit or stay in Romania based on EU legislation, mandatory and applicable to Romania if, through international agreement, it wasn’t otherwise agreed;
  • shows documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay and which prove the existence of appropriate means both for maintenance during the stay, and for return to the country of origin or transit to another state where there is there is a certainty that the person will be allowed entry;
  • provides guarantees that the person will be allowed entry into the State of destination or that he/she will leave the territory of Romania, in case of foreigners in transit;
  • their names are not placed under alerts in the NISA system for the purpose of refusing the entry on the Romanian territory;
  • there are no alerts on their name in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of refusing the entry;
  • they do not endanger the national defense and security, public order, public health or ethics.

1. Foreigner – the person who does not have Romanian citizenship, citizenship of another member state of the European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation citizenship;

Short-stay visa

If you wish to travel to Romania for a short period of time and are a national of a State which requires a visa, you must obtain a short-stay visa (symbol C).

Consult the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter Romania.

Consult the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania.

Short-stay visa allows you to request entry on the Romanian territory for reasons other than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose duration should not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania. This type of visa can be issued with one or more entries.

Also, the travel document in which the visa is to be applied must meet the following criteria: its validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months and it must have been released in the last 10 years.

For some of the countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania, it is required to get an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The invitation can be made by an individual or legal person, Romanian or foreign citizen residing in Romania.(See the list of countries whose citizens need an invitation in order to obtain a visa to enter Romania).

Short-stay visa entitles you to visit Romania for a limited time and cannot be extended. If you want to stay for a longer period of time in Romania, you must obtain a long-stay visa and subsequently a residence permit in Romania.

You can get a short-stay visa from diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The right to stay in Romania, which will be conferred by the short-stay visa cannot be extended. However, if, for objective reasons, you cannot leave Romania within the validity of the given visa, you can get a return decision from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The visa fee is 60 Euro and it is paid to the Romanian diplomatic mission in the state in which you are requesting it.

Types of visa

Consult the list of documents required to obtain visas for short stay, depending on the purpose of your coming in Romania:

When short-stay visa is conditioned by invitation

If you hold a simple passport, you can get short-stay visa with one or more entries as long as you present to the diplomatic missions and consular offices a written invitation (see pattern here), approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the part of an individual or legal person in Romania.

The invitation, accompanied by a series of documents, depending on the purpose, is filled in under (two copies) and then submitted to the territorial unit of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. See list of documents required for the endorsement of the invitations depending on the reason of coming to Romania: visit tourism business.

Invitations are approved within 60 days from the submission date.

For foreigners who want to come in Romania for tourism, in organized groups of minimum 20 people, at the request of companies regulated by the Law no.31 / 1990, republished, with subsequent amendments, members of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Romania, the approval of the invitations is made within 30 days from the submission date.

If approved, a copy of the invitation will be handed to the inviter, who will forward it to you. You will present the invitation, in original, to the diplomatic missions or the consular office, accompanied by the other documents, in order to obtain the Romanian visa. You must apply for a visa within 30 days of the approval of the invitation, otherwise it loses its validity.

The inviter, person or entity, shall pay the expenses incurred by the removal from Romania of the invited foreigners. The invitation shall be enforceable in case the invited foreigner does not leave Romania until the date the right to stay established through visa ceases.

The right of residence in Romania may not exceed the right of residence conferred by the visas / residence permits in question.

You can calculate your right to your residence by using the following link http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-vis… made available in this respect by the European Commission.

Exceptions for short-stay visa

There are certain situations when for obtaining a short-stay visa you no longer need an invitation endorsed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration; in this situation you will apply for a visa to the diplomatic or consular offices based on a legalised invitation. (See exceptions from the invitation procedure).

For the approval of a short-stay visa, the National Visa Center requires the official point of view of the General Inspectorate for Immigration thus increasing the term of granting the visa. The General Inspectorate for Immigration must reply regarding the short-stay visa within 7 working days of receipt of the request and in duly justified cases the deadline may be extended by another 7 days. There are also situations where there is no need for General Inspectorate for Immigration’ s official point of view.  (See list of exceptions to the opinion GII)

If you are a citizen of states whose nationals need a visa (see listyou can enter Romania without a visa if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • you are a holder of uniform visas (with two or more entries), of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas or of residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of visas for short stay or long stay and of residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia – for transit and stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania, if the documents submitted are within the validity period and the number of entries and the duration of the authorized stay have not been exceeded.
  • you hold a valid long-term residence permit issued by an EU member state – for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay on Romania’s territory;
  • you own a small traffic permit issued in accordance with GEO no. 194/2002 on foreigners in Romania and with European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1931/2006 of 20 December 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention, provided that you exercise your right to move in line with the small border traffic regime.  
  • you are the holder of travel documents with a red or blue cover, issued by the United Nations, except for those with a blue cover and the numerical series preceded by the letter A  – for an uninterrupted stay or several stays not exceeding 90 days in during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania. In each case, the foreign national must present, together with the travel document, a certificate attesting that the holder is traveling for official purposes, as referred to in the United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport  – for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a member of diplomatic missions and consular offices, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport   – during the mission, with prior notice of their names. The same facilities shall be enjoyed by the family members of the above-mentioned persons, who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic passports, during the mission of these persons.
  • you are citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as family members with whom they manage together, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports  – are exempt from the visa requirement for the entire duration of the holder’s mission, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, 30 (thirty) days before the start of their official mission.
How to obtain a short-stay visa for transport?

Entry on the Romanian territory may be permitted to foreigners who fulfill the following conditions:

  • possess a valid document for crossing the state border, which is accepted by the Romanian state;
  • possess a visa or residence permit granted under GEO no.194 / 2002 or, if applicable, have any authorization entitling the holder to transit or stay in Romania based on EU legislation, mandatory and applicable to Romania if, through international agreement, it wasn’t otherwise agreed;
  • shows documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay and which prove the existence of appropriate means both for maintenance during the stay, and for return to the country of origin or transit to another state where there is there is a certainty that the person will be allowed entry;
  • provides guarantees that the person will be allowed entry into the State of destination or that he/she will leave the territory of Romania, in case of foreigners in transit;
  • their names are not placed under alerts in the NISA system for the purpose of refusing the entry on the Romanian territory;
  • there are no alerts on their name in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of refusing the entry;
  • they do not endanger the national defense and security, public order, public health or ethics.

1. Foreigner – the person who does not have Romanian citizenship, citizenship of another member state of the European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation citizenship;

Short-stay visa

If you wish to travel to Romania for a short period of time and are a national of a State which requires a visa, you must obtain a short-stay visa (symbol C).

Consult the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter Romania.

Consult the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania.

Short-stay visa allows you to request entry on the Romanian territory for reasons other than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose duration should not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania. This type of visa can be issued with one or more entries.

Also, the travel document in which the visa is to be applied must meet the following criteria: its validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months and it must have been released in the last 10 years.

For some of the countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania, it is required to get an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The invitation can be made by an individual or legal person, Romanian or foreign citizen residing in Romania.(See the list of countries whose citizens need an invitation in order to obtain a visa to enter Romania).

Short-stay visa entitles you to visit Romania for a limited time and cannot be extended. If you want to stay for a longer period of time in Romania, you must obtain a long-stay visa and subsequently a residence permit in Romania.

You can get a short-stay visa from diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The right to stay in Romania, which will be conferred by the short-stay visa cannot be extended. However, if, for objective reasons, you cannot leave Romania within the validity of the given visa, you can get a return decision from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The visa fee is 60 Euro and it is paid to the Romanian diplomatic mission in the state in which you are requesting it.

Types of visa

Consult the list of documents required to obtain visas for short stay, depending on the purpose of your coming in Romania:

When short-stay visa is conditioned by invitation

If you hold a simple passport, you can get short-stay visa with one or more entries as long as you present to the diplomatic missions and consular offices a written invitation (see pattern here), approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the part of an individual or legal person in Romania.

The invitation, accompanied by a series of documents, depending on the purpose, is filled in under (two copies) and then submitted to the territorial unit of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. See list of documents required for the endorsement of the invitations depending on the reason of coming to Romania: visit tourism business.

Invitations are approved within 60 days from the submission date.

For foreigners who want to come in Romania for tourism, in organized groups of minimum 20 people, at the request of companies regulated by the Law no.31 / 1990, republished, with subsequent amendments, members of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Romania, the approval of the invitations is made within 30 days from the submission date.

If approved, a copy of the invitation will be handed to the inviter, who will forward it to you. You will present the invitation, in original, to the diplomatic missions or the consular office, accompanied by the other documents, in order to obtain the Romanian visa. You must apply for a visa within 30 days of the approval of the invitation, otherwise it loses its validity.

The inviter, person or entity, shall pay the expenses incurred by the removal from Romania of the invited foreigners. The invitation shall be enforceable in case the invited foreigner does not leave Romania until the date the right to stay established through visa ceases.

The right of residence in Romania may not exceed the right of residence conferred by the visas / residence permits in question.

You can calculate your right to your residence by using the following link http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-vis… made available in this respect by the European Commission.

Exceptions for short-stay visa

There are certain situations when for obtaining a short-stay visa you no longer need an invitation endorsed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration; in this situation you will apply for a visa to the diplomatic or consular offices based on a legalised invitation. (See exceptions from the invitation procedure).

For the approval of a short-stay visa, the National Visa Center requires the official point of view of the General Inspectorate for Immigration thus increasing the term of granting the visa. The General Inspectorate for Immigration must reply regarding the short-stay visa within 7 working days of receipt of the request and in duly justified cases the deadline may be extended by another 7 days. There are also situations where there is no need for General Inspectorate for Immigration’ s official point of view.  (See list of exceptions to the opinion GII)

If you are a citizen of states whose nationals need a visa (see listyou can enter Romania without a visa if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • you are a holder of uniform visas (with two or more entries), of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas or of residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of visas for short stay or long stay and of residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia – for transit and stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania, if the documents submitted are within the validity period and the number of entries and the duration of the authorized stay have not been exceeded.
  • you hold a valid long-term residence permit issued by an EU member state – for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay on Romania’s territory;
  • you own a small traffic permit issued in accordance with GEO no. 194/2002 on foreigners in Romania and with European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1931/2006 of 20 December 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention, provided that you exercise your right to move in line with the small border traffic regime.  
  • you are the holder of travel documents with a red or blue cover, issued by the United Nations, except for those with a blue cover and the numerical series preceded by the letter A  – for an uninterrupted stay or several stays not exceeding 90 days in during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania. In each case, the foreign national must present, together with the travel document, a certificate attesting that the holder is traveling for official purposes, as referred to in the United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport  – for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a member of diplomatic missions and consular offices, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport   – during the mission, with prior notice of their names. The same facilities shall be enjoyed by the family members of the above-mentioned persons, who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic passports, during the mission of these persons.
  • you are citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as family members with whom they manage together, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports  – are exempt from the visa requirement for the entire duration of the holder’s mission, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, 30 (thirty) days before the start of their official mission.
How to obtain a short stay visa for business?

Entry on the Romanian territory may be permitted to foreigners who fulfill the following conditions:

  • possess a valid document for crossing the state border, which is accepted by the Romanian state;
  • possess a visa or residence permit granted under GEO no.194 / 2002 or, if applicable, have any authorization entitling the holder to transit or stay in Romania based on EU legislation, mandatory and applicable to Romania if, through international agreement, it wasn’t otherwise agreed;
  • shows documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay and which prove the existence of appropriate means both for maintenance during the stay, and for return to the country of origin or transit to another state where there is there is a certainty that the person will be allowed entry;
  • provides guarantees that the person will be allowed entry into the State of destination or that he/she will leave the territory of Romania, in case of foreigners in transit;
  • their names are not placed under alerts in the NISA system for the purpose of refusing the entry on the Romanian territory;
  • there are no alerts on their name in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of refusing the entry;
  • they do not endanger the national defense and security, public order, public health or ethics.

1. Foreigner – the person who does not have Romanian citizenship, citizenship of another member state of the European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation citizenship;

Short-stay visa

If you wish to travel to Romania for a short period of time and are a national of a State which requires a visa, you must obtain a short-stay visa (symbol C).

Consult the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter Romania.

Consult the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania.

Short-stay visa allows you to request entry on the Romanian territory for reasons other than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose duration should not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania. This type of visa can be issued with one or more entries.

Also, the travel document in which the visa is to be applied must meet the following criteria: its validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months and it must have been released in the last 10 years.

For some of the countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania, it is required to get an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The invitation can be made by an individual or legal person, Romanian or foreign citizen residing in Romania.(See the list of countries whose citizens need an invitation in order to obtain a visa to enter Romania).

Short-stay visa entitles you to visit Romania for a limited time and cannot be extended. If you want to stay for a longer period of time in Romania, you must obtain a long-stay visa and subsequently a residence permit in Romania.

You can get a short-stay visa from diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The right to stay in Romania, which will be conferred by the short-stay visa cannot be extended. However, if, for objective reasons, you cannot leave Romania within the validity of the given visa, you can get a return decision from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The visa fee is 60 Euro and it is paid to the Romanian diplomatic mission in the state in which you are requesting it.

Types of visa

Consult the list of documents required to obtain visas for short stay, depending on the purpose of your coming in Romania:

When short-stay visa is conditioned by invitation

If you hold a simple passport, you can get short-stay visa with one or more entries as long as you present to the diplomatic missions and consular offices a written invitation (see pattern here), approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the part of an individual or legal person in Romania.

The invitation, accompanied by a series of documents, depending on the purpose, is filled in under (two copies) and then submitted to the territorial unit of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. See list of documents required for the endorsement of the invitations depending on the reason of coming to Romania: visit tourism business.

Invitations are approved within 60 days from the submission date.

For foreigners who want to come in Romania for tourism, in organized groups of minimum 20 people, at the request of companies regulated by the Law no.31 / 1990, republished, with subsequent amendments, members of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Romania, the approval of the invitations is made within 30 days from the submission date.

If approved, a copy of the invitation will be handed to the inviter, who will forward it to you. You will present the invitation, in original, to the diplomatic missions or the consular office, accompanied by the other documents, in order to obtain the Romanian visa. You must apply for a visa within 30 days of the approval of the invitation, otherwise it loses its validity.

The inviter, person or entity, shall pay the expenses incurred by the removal from Romania of the invited foreigners. The invitation shall be enforceable in case the invited foreigner does not leave Romania until the date the right to stay established through visa ceases.

The right of residence in Romania may not exceed the right of residence conferred by the visas / residence permits in question.

You can calculate your right to your residence by using the following link http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-vis… made available in this respect by the European Commission.

Exceptions for short-stay visa

There are certain situations when for obtaining a short-stay visa you no longer need an invitation endorsed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration; in this situation you will apply for a visa to the diplomatic or consular offices based on a legalised invitation. (See exceptions from the invitation procedure).

For the approval of a short-stay visa, the National Visa Center requires the official point of view of the General Inspectorate for Immigration thus increasing the term of granting the visa. The General Inspectorate for Immigration must reply regarding the short-stay visa within 7 working days of receipt of the request and in duly justified cases the deadline may be extended by another 7 days. There are also situations where there is no need for General Inspectorate for Immigration’ s official point of view.  (See list of exceptions to the opinion GII)

If you are a citizen of states whose nationals need a visa (see listyou can enter Romania without a visa if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • you are a holder of uniform visas (with two or more entries), of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas or of residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of visas for short stay or long stay and of residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia – for transit and stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania, if the documents submitted are within the validity period and the number of entries and the duration of the authorized stay have not been exceeded.
  • you hold a valid long-term residence permit issued by an EU member state – for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay on Romania’s territory;
  • you own a small traffic permit issued in accordance with GEO no. 194/2002 on foreigners in Romania and with European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1931/2006 of 20 December 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention, provided that you exercise your right to move in line with the small border traffic regime.  
  • you are the holder of travel documents with a red or blue cover, issued by the United Nations, except for those with a blue cover and the numerical series preceded by the letter A  – for an uninterrupted stay or several stays not exceeding 90 days in during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania. In each case, the foreign national must present, together with the travel document, a certificate attesting that the holder is traveling for official purposes, as referred to in the United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport  – for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a member of diplomatic missions and consular offices, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport   – during the mission, with prior notice of their names. The same facilities shall be enjoyed by the family members of the above-mentioned persons, who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic passports, during the mission of these persons.
  • you are citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as family members with whom they manage together, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports  – are exempt from the visa requirement for the entire duration of the holder’s mission, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, 30 (thirty) days before the start of their official mission.
How to obtain a short-stay visa for the purpose of visit?

Entry on the Romanian territory may be permitted to foreigners who fulfill the following conditions:

  • possess a valid document for crossing the state border, which is accepted by the Romanian state;
  • possess a visa or residence permit granted under GEO no.194 / 2002 or, if applicable, have any authorization entitling the holder to transit or stay in Romania based on EU legislation, mandatory and applicable to Romania if, through international agreement, it wasn’t otherwise agreed;
  • shows documents justifying the purpose and conditions of their stay and which prove the existence of appropriate means both for maintenance during the stay, and for return to the country of origin or transit to another state where there is there is a certainty that the person will be allowed entry;
  • provides guarantees that the person will be allowed entry into the State of destination or that he/she will leave the territory of Romania, in case of foreigners in transit;
  • their names are not placed under alerts in the NISA system for the purpose of refusing the entry on the Romanian territory;
  • there are no alerts on their name in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of refusing the entry;
  • they do not endanger the national defense and security, public order, public health or ethics.

1. Foreigner – the person who does not have Romanian citizenship, citizenship of another member state of the European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation citizenship;

Short-stay visa

If you wish to travel to Romania for a short period of time and are a national of a State which requires a visa, you must obtain a short-stay visa (symbol C).

Consult the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter Romania.

Consult the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania.

Short-stay visa allows you to request entry on the Romanian territory for reasons other than immigration, for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose duration should not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania. This type of visa can be issued with one or more entries.

Also, the travel document in which the visa is to be applied must meet the following criteria: its validity must exceed the validity of the requested visa by at least 3 months and it must have been released in the last 10 years.

For some of the countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Romania, it is required to get an invitation approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The invitation can be made by an individual or legal person, Romanian or foreign citizen residing in Romania.(See the list of countries whose citizens need an invitation in order to obtain a visa to enter Romania).

Short-stay visa entitles you to visit Romania for a limited time and cannot be extended. If you want to stay for a longer period of time in Romania, you must obtain a long-stay visa and subsequently a residence permit in Romania.

You can get a short-stay visa from diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The right to stay in Romania, which will be conferred by the short-stay visa cannot be extended. However, if, for objective reasons, you cannot leave Romania within the validity of the given visa, you can get a return decision from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The visa fee is 60 Euro and it is paid to the Romanian diplomatic mission in the state in which you are requesting it.

Types of visa

Consult the list of documents required to obtain visas for short stay, depending on the purpose of your coming in Romania:

When short-stay visa is conditioned by invitation

If you hold a simple passport, you can get short-stay visa with one or more entries as long as you present to the diplomatic missions and consular offices a written invitation (see pattern here), approved by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the part of an individual or legal person in Romania.

The invitation, accompanied by a series of documents, depending on the purpose, is filled in under (two copies) and then submitted to the territorial unit of the General Inspectorate for Immigration for approval. See list of documents required for the endorsement of the invitations depending on the reason of coming to Romania: visit tourism business.

Invitations are approved within 60 days from the submission date.

For foreigners who want to come in Romania for tourism, in organized groups of minimum 20 people, at the request of companies regulated by the Law no.31 / 1990, republished, with subsequent amendments, members of the National Association of Travel Agencies of Romania, the approval of the invitations is made within 30 days from the submission date.

If approved, a copy of the invitation will be handed to the inviter, who will forward it to you. You will present the invitation, in original, to the diplomatic missions or the consular office, accompanied by the other documents, in order to obtain the Romanian visa. You must apply for a visa within 30 days of the approval of the invitation, otherwise it loses its validity.

The inviter, person or entity, shall pay the expenses incurred by the removal from Romania of the invited foreigners. The invitation shall be enforceable in case the invited foreigner does not leave Romania until the date the right to stay established through visa ceases.

The right of residence in Romania may not exceed the right of residence conferred by the visas / residence permits in question.

You can calculate your right to your residence by using the following link http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-vis… made available in this respect by the European Commission.

Exceptions for short-stay visa

There are certain situations when for obtaining a short-stay visa you no longer need an invitation endorsed by the General Inspectorate for Immigration; in this situation you will apply for a visa to the diplomatic or consular offices based on a legalised invitation. (See exceptions from the invitation procedure).

For the approval of a short-stay visa, the National Visa Center requires the official point of view of the General Inspectorate for Immigration thus increasing the term of granting the visa. The General Inspectorate for Immigration must reply regarding the short-stay visa within 7 working days of receipt of the request and in duly justified cases the deadline may be extended by another 7 days. There are also situations where there is no need for General Inspectorate for Immigration’ s official point of view.  (See list of exceptions to the opinion GII)

If you are a citizen of states whose nationals need a visa (see listyou can enter Romania without a visa if you find yourself in the following situations:

  • you are a holder of uniform visas (with two or more entries), of visas with limited territorial validity, of long-stay visas or of residence permits issued by Schengen Member States, as well as of visas for short stay or long stay and of residence permits issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia – for transit and stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay in Romania, if the documents submitted are within the validity period and the number of entries and the duration of the authorized stay have not been exceeded.
  • you hold a valid long-term residence permit issued by an EU member state – for an uninterrupted stay or for several stays whose total duration does not exceed 90 days within any period of 180 days preceding each day of stay on Romania’s territory;
  • you own a small traffic permit issued in accordance with GEO no. 194/2002 on foreigners in Romania and with European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1931/2006 of 20 December 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention, provided that you exercise your right to move in line with the small border traffic regime.  
  • you are the holder of travel documents with a red or blue cover, issued by the United Nations, except for those with a blue cover and the numerical series preceded by the letter A  – for an uninterrupted stay or several stays not exceeding 90 days in during any period of 180 days prior to each day of stay in Romania. In each case, the foreign national must present, together with the travel document, a certificate attesting that the holder is traveling for official purposes, as referred to in the United Nations Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport  – for transit and stays of no more than 90 days in any 180 days.
  • you are a citizen of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a member of diplomatic missions and consular offices, trade offices and representations of international organizations in Romania, holder of a valid diplomatic and service passport   – during the mission, with prior notice of their names. The same facilities shall be enjoyed by the family members of the above-mentioned persons, who live with them, themselves holders of valid diplomatic passports, during the mission of these persons.
  • you are citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran, members of diplomatic missions and consular posts, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports, as well as family members with whom they manage together, holders of valid diplomatic and service passports  – are exempt from the visa requirement for the entire duration of the holder’s mission, provided that their appointment is notified in writing, through diplomatic channels, 30 (thirty) days before the start of their official mission.
How to obtain long-stay visa for medical treatment?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

How to obtain long-stay visa for volunteer programs?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

How to obtain long-stay visa for unremunerated training?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

How to obtain long-stay visa for a S.C. administrator?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

How to obtain long-stay visa to perform scientific research?

If you wish to perform scientific research activities in Romania and you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area, the research – development institution must obtain for you the favorable

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

opinion of the National Authority for Scientific Research. This favorable opinion can be obtained if the research and development unit is attested under the law and if there is an agreement between it and you concerning your reception as a researcher, in case you have agreed to perform activities within a scientific research project.

The next step is getting long stay visa for scientific research activities, from the diplomatic missions and consular offices.

See a list of them.

The long stay visa

If you want to obtain a long-stay visa for scientific research activities, you must submit the following documents:

– Hosting agreement approved by the National Authority for Scientific Research (the form and conditions under which the hosting agreement shall be concluded will be established by the National Minister of Education)

– the criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities in the country of domicile or residence

– Medical insurance valid through the validity period of the visa

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

For the first extension of the right of residence (obtaining the first residence permit) for research activities you must submit the following documents:

application;

– border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

– the favorable opinion of the National Authority for Scientific Research

– the agreement between the scientific research and development unit / institution and you, which certifies that you have been accepted to carry out this work

proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

– Proof of financial means amounting to at least the minimum gross wage per economy

proof of social health insurance

medical certificate;

fees

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. For further extension of the right of residence (getting a new residence permit), you must submit the following documents:

application;

– Border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

– Proof that you are exercising the scientific research and development activity

proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

– Proof of financial means amounting to at least the minimum gross wage per economy

proof of social health insurance

medical certificate;

fees

Terms of validity for the residence permit

The request for the extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In cases where further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.

The right of temporary residence for scientific research activities is extended for the period stipulated in the hosting agreement, but not longer than 5 consecutive years.

The holder of a residence permit issued by another Member State, with the purpose of carrying out scientific research activities, if they are in Romania, can apply for extension of the right of temporary residence in Romania, without the need to obtain first a long-stay visa for this purpose. The residence permit is granted based on the opinion of the National Authority for Scientific Research.

Foreigners who are holders of a right of residence for performing scientific research activities may carry out educational activities under the law.

How to obtain long-stay visa for religious activities?

In order to pursue religious activities in Romania as a citizen of a state outside the European Union and the European Economic Area you (or the organization through which you will exercise the religious activity) must obtain the favorable opinion of the State Secretariat for Cults.
The next step is to obtain a long-stay visa for religious activities, from the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania.
See the list of these.

THE LONG STAY VISA
If you want to obtain a long-stay visa for religious activities, you must submit the following documents:

– The approval of the State Secretariat for Cults granted to foreigners who perform similar activities in their country of origin or residence, after consultation of the national authority for combating terrorism;
– Document proving your quality as a representative of a religious organization legally established in Romania;
– proof of living space and means of support amounting to three national average salaries per economy;
– Proof of medical insurance and attesting that you do not suffer from diseases that could endanger public health;
– Criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is EUR 120 and is payable in the State where you make the request.
As internal procedure, the long-stay visa is approved by the National Visa Centre only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.
The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

THE RESIDENCE PERMIT
After entry into Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It is your right to stay in Romania and you can obtain it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration from the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will personally submit a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of right of the right of residence granted by the visa. You also have the opportunity to submit the documents through the online service available at: https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/
In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for religious activities, you must submit the following documents:
Application;
– Border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate;
– The approval of the State Secretariat for Cults (original);
Proof of legal possession of the living space (original and duplicate);
proof of social health insurance;
medical certificate;
fees.

Deadlines for residence permit
The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiry of the previous one.
Or extension application for the right of residence will be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submHow to obtain long-stay visa for religious activities?ission. In cases where additional checks are required, the deadline for settling the request may be extended by 15 days.

If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right to temporary residence for religious activities shall be extended by a period equal to the duration opinion.

How can I obtain a right of residence in Romania if your husband / wife / partner / parent / child of a Romanian citizen?

Family members of Romanian citizens will request the long stay visa for family reunification directly at the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania from the state in which they reside.

The following people can apply for a visa for family reunification:

Foreigners married to Romanian citizens

Unmarried foreigners who live with unmarried Romanian citizens, if they have at least one child together, hereinafter referred to as partners

Children of a Romanian citizen, of their spouse or partner, including the adopted children who: have not reached age 21, are continuing their studies and have not exceeded the age of 26 years although they are adults, or they cannot support themselves for medical reasons

First-degree relatives in ascending line of the Romanian citizen or their spouse

The foreigner who is a parent of a minor Romanian citizen, if they have a proof that the child is in their charge or that there is an obligation to pay alimony, which the stranger fulfills regularly

foreigners, family members of Romanian citizens who can prove they are registered with the right of residence in another Member State in this capacity..

The visa application for family members of Romanian citizens will be accompanied by the marriage certificate issued by the Romanian authorities or transcribed under the law, or if applicable, by the proof of existence of the kinship or of the quality of partner.

Applicants for visas for foreigner family members of Romanian citizens who can prove they are registered with the right of residence in another Member State in this capacity, will accompany their application by documents stating that they are registered with the right of residence in another Member State as a family member of the Romanian citizen.

Granting the long stay visa for family reunion may be refused if the application is based on a marriage of convenience previously ascertained, under the present ordinance, or if the existence of a state of bigamy or polygamy is found.

How can I obtain a right of residence in Romania if your husband / wife / parent / child of an foreigner with a right to stay in Romania?
How can I obtain a long-stay visa that detached from a beneficiary of the provision of services?

In order to obtain the long stay visa for employment you must submit the following documents:​

Copy of the work permit issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration or, where appropriate, documents to prove that the applicant falls into the categories of foreigners who can be hired without a work permit

Proof of financial means of support equal to the minimum gross salary guaranteed in payment for the entire period inscribed on the visa

Criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the State of domicile or residence

Medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa;

The following categories of foreigners may be employed or can work for individuals or legal persons in Romania without a work permit:

a) foreigners whose free access to the labor market in Romania is established by the Treaties concluded by Romania with other states

b) foreigners who are to carry out educational, scientific or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature in specialized institutions accredited or provisionally authorized in Romania, under bilateral agreements or as holders of a temporary residence permit for carrying out scientific research activities, and staff with special qualifications, based on the order of Minister of education, as well as foreigners performing artistic activities in cultural institutions in Romania, based on the order of the Minister of culture.

c) foreigners who are to carry out temporary activities in Romania requested by ministries or other government or local bodies or by autonomous administrative authorities

d) foreigners who are appointed at the head of a subsidiary, representative office or business unit in Romania of a company which is based abroad, according to documents proving it as required by the Romanian legislation

e) foreigners holding a long-term residence right in Romania

f) foreigners holding a temporary residence right for family reunification as members of the family of a Romanian citizen

g) foreigners holding a temporary stay right for studies

h) foreigners holding a temporary stay right granted pursuant to Art. 130 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002, republished, with its subsequent amendments

i) foreigners holding a valid temporary residence permit granted for the purpose of family reunification who have previously enjoyed a right of residence on Romanian territory as family members of a Romanian citizen and who are in one of the situations provided by art. . 64 par. (2) of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented;

j) foreigners who were granted a form of protection in Romania

k) asylum seekers, from the date they receive the right of access to the labor market according to Law no. 122/2006 on asylum in Romania, as amended and supplemented, if they are yet in the process of being granted a form of protection

l) tolerated foreigners, for the period they have been granted tolerated status in Romania

m) foreigners who are holders of the right to temporary residence for employment purposes, employed in Romania with individual employment contract for full time, or for employment with another employer, with individual contract of part-time employment with no more than four working hours a day.

n) foreigners holding a temporary residence permit for studies can be employed in Romania without a work permit only by individual employment contract for part-time work for no more than four hours a day,

o) foreigners holding the right of temporary residence for religious activities to be employed on the territory of Romania, within the units of worship.

p) citizens of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Republic of Serbia employed in Romania with a full-time individual employment contract, for a maximum period of 9 months in a calendar year.

Long stay visa for deployment

In order to obtain the long-stay visa for posting, you must submit the following:​

Copy of the posting permit issued under the conditions of the special legislation regarding employment and posting of foreigners in Romania

Proof of financial means of support amounting to the minimum gross salary per country guaranteed in payment for the entire period inscribed on the visa

Criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of domicile or residence

Medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa;

The following categories of foreigners deployed in Romania, without prior obtaining a deployment permit by the beneficiary of the services:

a) foreigners employed by legal entities based in a Member State of the European Union or of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, posted in Romania, upon presentation of the residence permit in that state

b) foreigners who carry out educational, scientific or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature in specialized institutions accredited or provisionally authorized in Romania, under bilateral agreements or as holders of a temporary residence permit for carrying out scientific research activities, and staff with special qualifications, based on the order of the Minister of education, as well as foreigners performing artistic activities in cultural institutions in Romania, based on the order of the Minister of culture.

c) foreigners who are to carry out temporary activities in Romania requested by ministries or other government or local bodies or by autonomous administrative authorities

d) foreigners who are to exercise lucrative activities on the basis of accords, conventions or international agreements of which Romania is a signatory.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in the State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa for employment receives the approval of the National Visa Centre, without the necessary favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. For categories performing lucrative activities without a work permit, the visa is granted on favorable opinion from the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

How to work in Romania to a Romanian employer?
How can I obtain a right of residence in Romania if a shareholder / partner in a Romanian legal entity?

If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area and you want to stay in Romania for a period of time for other purposes, you must meet a number of conditions, according to the chosen purpose.

What do other purposes mean?

The other purposes category contains a number of activities that you can perform in Romania. Thus, you can stay here: as administrator of a company, for unpaid training or as a volunteer, for long-term medical treatment or for other activities that do not breach Romanian laws.

Admnistrator

If you come as a manager of a company you must make proof that you fulfill the following conditions: as an administrator of the company, on the date of the request you are not associated or shareholder of the company concerned or to another Romanian legal entity and have not had these qualities in the past 2 years. Other conditions that must be met: there is no other foreigner associated with the company having obtained a right of residence for this purpose, and the company realized a contribution of capital or a technology transfer of at least 50,000 EUR.

Unremunerated training

If you come to Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional qualification with an accredited training provider or in an enterprise in the public or private sector, authorized by law to conduct such activities, you must have concluded a contract of professional training and must dispose of means of support amounting to at least the monthly gross average salary per economy for the entire period specified in the visa.

Volunteering

As a volunteer in Romania you must have signed a voluntary agreement with a legal person in a public or private non-profit organization called the host-organization and a civil insurance policy. The contract will include mentions regarding the activity that you are going to pursue, the conditions under which you will be monitored on the job, as well as information concerning the working hours. The host-organization provides accommodation, means of support and medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa and covers the potential costs related to removal. You must have over 14 years of age; if the foreigner is a minor, they must have parental or guardian consent concerning the stay in Romania for this purpose.

For long-term medical treatment

If you follow a long-term medical treatment in the public or private medical institutions, you must submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment. A potential companion may remain with you, who will assist you if you are unable to care for yourself, but only if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

You can get a long-stay visa for the purposes specified above, diplomatic missions and consular offices. (See list of these).

The long stay visa

In order to obtain the long stay visa for other purposes, you must submit the following documents:

  • documents proving one of the qualities mentioned above
  • proof of medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa
  • proof of accommodation
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa receives approval from the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can get it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted to you by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for medical treatment, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. a letter of acceptance from a public or private medical institution, specifying the diagnosis and duration of the treatment

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f.  proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) as a manager of a company, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. mandate agreement;

d. legal certificate;

e. address of the National Trade Registry Office

f. documents proving the investment made

g. proof of the financial means of support amounting to at least 500 EUR per month from the activity exercised in accordance with the mandate agreement

h. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

i. proof of social health insurance

j. medical certificate;

k. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for unpaid training, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the professional training institution

d. the training agreement for the unpaid participation in some form of training within a public or private sector company or within an accredited training provider

e. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

f. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

g. proof of social health insurance

h. medical certificate;

i. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for volunteering programs, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. constituent act of the organization (original and duplicate)

d. volunteering agreement concluded with the host-organization, the contents of which mention the work you are going to pursue, the conditions and the working hours

e. civil insurance policy

f. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

g. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

h. proof of social health insurance

i. medical certificate;

j. fees

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for activities which are not contrary to Romanian law, you must submit the following documents:

a. application;

b. border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

c. the favorable opinion of the competent authorities (when applicable) or documents proving the necessity of staying in Romania

d. proof of the means of maintenance at least at the monthly average gross monthly salary for the period for which the right of residence is extended

e. proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

f. proof of social health insurance

g. medical certificate;

h. fees

If you are a stateless person of Romanian origin repatriated on the basis of international agreements to which Romania is a party, you can request extension of the right to stay (obtaining the residence permit) without fulfilling the general conditions and being exempted from the payment of consular fees.

Validity terms for the right of residence

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one. The request for granting or extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by 15 days.If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

The right of temporary residence for other purposes shall be extended for successive periods of up to one year and in the case of stateless persons of Romanian origin it will be extended for periods of 4 years.

The right of residence for foreigners who entered the territory of Romania for the purpose of unpaid professional training is granted for a maximum of one year, without the possibility of extension.

The right of temporary residence for foreigners carrying out volunteer programs is extended for a period equal to the period of validity of the voluntary contract, without exceeding a total duration of one year residence on the territory of Romania in that capacity.

How can I obtain a right to stay in Romania for exercising a profession?

In order to obtain the long stay visa for employment you must submit the following documents:​

Copy of the work permit issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration or, where appropriate, documents to prove that the applicant falls into the categories of foreigners who can be hired without a work permit

Proof of financial means of support equal to the minimum gross salary guaranteed in payment for the entire period inscribed on the visa

Criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the State of domicile or residence

Medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa;

The following categories of foreigners may be employed or can work for individuals or legal persons in Romania without a work permit:

a) foreigners whose free access to the labor market in Romania is established by the Treaties concluded by Romania with other states

b) foreigners who are to carry out educational, scientific or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature in specialized institutions accredited or provisionally authorized in Romania, under bilateral agreements or as holders of a temporary residence permit for carrying out scientific research activities, and staff with special qualifications, based on the order of Minister of education, as well as foreigners performing artistic activities in cultural institutions in Romania, based on the order of the Minister of culture.

c) foreigners who are to carry out temporary activities in Romania requested by ministries or other government or local bodies or by autonomous administrative authorities

d) foreigners who are appointed at the head of a subsidiary, representative office or business unit in Romania of a company which is based abroad, according to documents proving it as required by the Romanian legislation

e) foreigners holding a long-term residence right in Romania

f) foreigners holding a temporary residence right for family reunification as members of the family of a Romanian citizen

g) foreigners holding a temporary stay right for studies

h) foreigners holding a temporary stay right granted pursuant to Art. 130 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002, republished, with its subsequent amendments

i) foreigners holding a valid temporary residence permit granted for the purpose of family reunification who have previously enjoyed a right of residence on Romanian territory as family members of a Romanian citizen and who are in one of the situations provided by art. . 64 par. (2) of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented;

j) foreigners who were granted a form of protection in Romania

k) asylum seekers, from the date they receive the right of access to the labor market according to Law no. 122/2006 on asylum in Romania, as amended and supplemented, if they are yet in the process of being granted a form of protection

l) tolerated foreigners, for the period they have been granted tolerated status in Romania

m) foreigners who are holders of the right to temporary residence for employment purposes, employed in Romania with individual employment contract for full time, or for employment with another employer, with individual contract of part-time employment with no more than four working hours a day.

n) foreigners holding a temporary residence permit for studies can be employed in Romania without a work permit only by individual employment contract for part-time work for no more than four hours a day,

o) foreigners holding the right of temporary residence for religious activities to be employed on the territory of Romania, within the units of worship.

p) citizens of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Republic of Serbia employed in Romania with a full-time individual employment contract, for a maximum period of 9 months in a calendar year.

Long stay visa for deployment

In order to obtain the long-stay visa for posting, you must submit the following:​

Copy of the posting permit issued under the conditions of the special legislation regarding employment and posting of foreigners in Romania

Proof of financial means of support amounting to the minimum gross salary per country guaranteed in payment for the entire period inscribed on the visa

Criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of domicile or residence

Medical insurance valid through the duration of the visa;

The following categories of foreigners deployed in Romania, without prior obtaining a deployment permit by the beneficiary of the services:

a) foreigners employed by legal entities based in a Member State of the European Union or of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation, posted in Romania, upon presentation of the residence permit in that state

b) foreigners who carry out educational, scientific or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature in specialized institutions accredited or provisionally authorized in Romania, under bilateral agreements or as holders of a temporary residence permit for carrying out scientific research activities, and staff with special qualifications, based on the order of the Minister of education, as well as foreigners performing artistic activities in cultural institutions in Romania, based on the order of the Minister of culture.

c) foreigners who are to carry out temporary activities in Romania requested by ministries or other government or local bodies or by autonomous administrative authorities

d) foreigners who are to exercise lucrative activities on the basis of accords, conventions or international agreements of which Romania is a signatory.

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in the State where you make the request.

As an internal procedure, the long-stay visa for employment receives the approval of the National Visa Centre, without the necessary favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. For categories performing lucrative activities without a work permit, the visa is granted on favorable opinion from the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more trips.

How can I obtain a long-stay visa for studies?

Do you want to study in Romania and have citizenship of a country outside the European Union and European Economic Area? For starters, you must register at the educational institution where you wish to study and be accepted by it.

The next step is obtaining the long stay visa for studies, from the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania.(See list of this).

The long stay visa

You can obtain the long-term visa for studies as a student, master student, doctoral candidate . The institution at which you will study can be public or private, on condition of being accredited according to law. The visa is also granted to foreigners accepted for studies based on international documents to which Romania is a party.

In order to obtain a long stay visa you must submit the following documents:

I. As a student, master student or PhD student:

  • proof of acceptance for studies issued by the Ministry of Education, showing that you will attend a full-time university program
  • proof of payment of tuition fee for at least one year of study
  • proof of means of support in amount of at least a minimum net wage at country level per month, for the entire period inscribed on the visa
  • criminal record certificate or other document with the same legal value
  • medical insurance during the validity period of the visa
  • parental or guardian consent regarding the stay for study purposes in Romania, if the foreigner is underage.

II. If you take part in an exchange program for students:

  • proof of acceptance for studies issued by the Ministry of Education showing that you follow a full-time program of education
  • proof of participation in a student exchange program, conducted by an organization established according to law and recognized for this purpose
  • proof from the organization that makes the exchange of students, showing that it will provide the means for maintenance and potential costs related to removal
  • medical insurance during the validity period of the visa
  • proof of the accommodation in a family selected by the organization that conducts the exchange of pupils and which holds a dwelling place deemed as normal for a family in Romania
  • parental or guardian consent regarding the stay for study purposes in Romania, if the foreigner is a minor.

III. In the case of foreigners of Romanian origin, scholarship holders of the Romanian state or exempted from paying tuition fees, enrolled in a state pre-university education institution, the high school cycle, frequently, with the presentation of documents:

 • proof of acceptance to study, issued by the Ministry of Education, showing that they will attend a form of education frequently at a state pre-university education institution, the high school cycle,

• proof of accommodation conditions,

 • medical insurance during the validity of the visa,

• approval of the parents or guardian regarding the stay for the purpose of studies on the Romanian territory, in the case of minors. 

IV. In the case of trainees participating in an unpaid vocational training program:

• training agreement, written commitment of the host entity in the sense that, if an intern stays illegally in Romania, the entity is responsible for reimbursing the expenses incurred from public funds for the stay and removal of the intern;

• proof of having a higher education diploma in the last two years preceding the date of application or proof of participation in a course of study leading to such a diploma;

• proof of means of subsistence in the amount of at least the level of the minimum gross basic salary per country guaranteed in payment for the entire period entered in the visa;

• proof of accommodation conditions

The visa fee is 120 EUR and is paid in the State where you make the request.

As internal procedure, the long-term visa is approved by the National Visa Center only after obtaining the favorable opinion of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. The favorable opinion is issued within 30 days of receiving the request, with the possibility to extend the deadline by 15 days.

The long stay visa is granted for a period of 90 days, with one or more entries.

Particularities of visa for studies

Foreigners participating in an exchange program for students must be between 13 and 19 years of age. Foreign scholarship holders of the Romanian state, scholarship holders of state university educational institutions, accredited or temporarily authorized by law, of attendance courses are not required to prove the payment of tuition fees and proof of means of support for obtaining a visa, and those of Romanian origin they are not obliged to prove the means of support.

The residence permit

After entering Romania, you must obtain a residence permit. It certifies your right to stay in Romania and you can obtain it from the territorial units of the General Inspectorate for Immigration from the county where you live. In order to obtain a residence permit, you will submit personally a number of documents at least 30 days before the expiry of the right to stay granted by the visa. You also have the possibility to submit the documents through the online service, available at https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/

In order to extend the right of residence (obtaining the residence permit) for studies, you must submit the following documents:

I. If you are a student, master student or doctoral candidate:

– application

– border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

– letter of acceptance for the studies – only required on the first extension of the right to stay

– certificate from the educational institution proving that you are enrolled to study at a public or private educational institution, accredited or provisionally authorized by law, in a full-time education program, including participation in PhD courses, on the basis of the approval of the ministry of resort

– proof of means of support amounting to at least the minimum gross salary per country guaranteed in payment for a period of at least 6 months

– proof of legal ownership of living space (original and copy)

– medical certificate;

– fees

Residence permits for beneficiaries of a Romanian state scholarship shall be granted with exemption from paying taxes.

The right of temporary residence for studies may be extended to a maximum of 6 months after graduation, in order to complete the school or university situation, and to authenticate the study papers for this purpose

Foreigners who have not graduated during the initial granted period may be granted a further extension of the right of residence in order to complete their studies for a period no longer than a year.

II. If you are participating in a student exchange program:

– application

– border crossing document (passport, travel document, etc.) original and duplicate

– certificate  from the educational institution

– documents showing that the foreigner is participating in a student exchange program, conducted by an institution established according to law and recognized for this purpose

– documents showing that the organization is established and recognized under the law

– certificate from the organization that conducts the exchange students

– proof of legal ownership of the living space (original and duplicate)

– medical certificate;

– fees

Situations of exemption for foreigners studying in Romania

  • Beneficiaries of a Romanian State scholarship are exempted from payment of consular fees, the residence permit and do not have to prove the means of support.
  • Foreigners who are ethnic Romanians (who have an ancestor who has or had Romanian citizenship) do not have to prove the means of support.
  • Foreign students who have reached the age of 26 and need social health insurance for the extension of the right of temporary residence, according to the Law no.95 / 2006 on healthcare reform.
  • Foreigners who have not graduated in the initial period may be granted a further extension of the right of residence, in order to complete their studies, for a period no longer than a year.

Deadlines for the residence permit

The residence permit is renewed at least 30 days before the expiration of the previous one.

The request for the extension of the right of residence shall be resolved within 30 days from the date of its submission. In case that further checks are required, the deadline for resolving the application may be extended by no more than 15 days.

If the information or documents provided on which the application for the extension of the right of residence is based are inadequate or incomplete, the General Inspectorate for Immigration shall inform the applicant of the additional information requested and shall set a reasonable time limit for sending them, but not more than 30 of days. The term stipulated in paragraph (4) shall be suspended until the General Inspectorate for Immigration has received the necessary additional information or documents. If no additional information or documents have been provided by the deadline, the application may be rejected.

Foreigners who entered Romania for studies can apply for the extension of the right of residence for a period equal to the total duration of studies, in the case of students and pupils, and for a maximum period of one year in the case of foreigners participating in a student exchange program.

The right of temporary residence for studies may be extended for 9 months after graduation, job search and employment or business opening formalities, with the submission of the documents attesting completion of the studies.

Employment during studies

Foreigners holding a temporary right of residence for studies can be employed in Romania without a work permit only with an individual employment contract for part-time work, lasting no longer than 4 hours per day.

TEMPORARY RIGHT TO STAY IN A MOBILITY STUDY

Foreigners holding a valid study visa or a long-stay visa for valid studies issued by another EU Member State may enter and remain on the territory of Romania for up to 360 days, known as mobility without the visa requirement if:

a) participate in the courses of a higher education institution in the framework of European Union or multilateral programs comprising mobility measures or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions;
b) a notification has been sent by the higher education institution to the territorial structure of the General Inspectorate for Immigration in whose radius the alien is to carry out his activity.
The notification shall be transmitted at least 30 days before the courses start and shall include at least the following documents:
a) a copy of the border crossing document, valid;
(b) copy of the residence permit or long-stay visa issued by the first Member State;
(c) evidence that the studies are being conducted within the framework of a European Union or multilateral program comprising mobility measures or on the basis of an agreement between two or more higher education institutions;
    d) letter of acceptance to studies issued by the accredited higher education institution;
    e) evidence of the duration and dates planned for participation in studies if they are not specified in evidence of admission to studies;
f) proof that the student has health insurance for all the risks against which Romanian citizens are normally insured;
g) the proof that during the stay in Romania the student has maintenance means in the amount of at least the minimum gross national salary guaranteed in payment, for a period of at least 6 months;
h) the address where the student will live on the territory of Romania.

Within 30 days of the transmission of the notification, the competent territorial unit of the General Immigration Inspectorate may raise objections to student mobility when it is in one of the following situations:
A. (a) it is found that the alien has crossed or attempted to cross the state border illegally or has violated regulations on the employment of aliens;
b) it is established that the alien suffers from a disease endangering public health and is not subject to the medical treatment measures established by the competent authorities. If the illness occurs after the temporary residence permit has been obtained, revocation will be ordered if the alien is not subject to the medical treatment measures established by the competent authorities and the disease is such as to prevent the alien from fulfilling the obligations imposed on him by the provisions of this Emergency Ordinance;
c) the alien has passed or attempted to illegally cross the state border of Romania;
d) the foreigner entered Romania during the period of interdiction for entry into Romania previously ordered;
e) the alien no longer fulfills the conditions of entry and / or stay provided by this Emergency Ordinance;
f) the alien’s right of residence, established by a visa, on the basis of international conventions or normative acts for the abolition of visas, or, as the case may be, by a residence permit or a small border traffic, ceased;
g) the alien was declared undesirable.
B. The notification does not contain the documents referred to above;
C. The validity of the prescribed documents has expired;
D. Notification has not been submitted within 30 days,

Objections to student mobility are communicated in writing, within 5 days from the date of their formulation, to the competent authorities of the first Member State and to the higher education institution which has sent the notification and which have the effect of prohibiting participation in the courses of the higher education institution the territory of Romania.

CHANGE THE STUDY PROFILE

(1) The alien who has been granted or, as the case may be, has extended his / her right of residence to study in Romania may change his / her study profile or professional qualification in accordance with the legislation in force, provided that the total length of the intended stay for the initial studies is not exceeded.   

  (2) If, by changing the study profile or professional specialization, the total length of the stay required for the initial studies exceeds, a new long-stay visa for study purposes is required.

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