Romanian Visa

Romanian Long Stay Visa

First of all, read the info under "General information" before anything else!

 

Common observations

  • the health insurance must be valid for the territory of Romania and for the hole period of stay, insured value of services not less than 45000 USD; also, the info "valid until ....." is mandatory!
  • the proof of accomodation must provide the complete address and telephone number of that hotel/pension/house/apartment (along with the nominal reservation and period) or the lease contract;
  • the fee is 120 EUR, which in special cases (official missions) can be waived. The named amount is calculated monthly in USD, as detailed here: http://washington.mae.ro/en/node/546.

Then, depending of your reason for the travel to Romania, the supporting documents needed for the visa are, as follows:

 

Types of long stay visas

1. Economic activities (identified through the letters D/AE)

The Romanian long-stay visa for economic activities is granted to third-state nationals who will carry out economic activities independently or within family associations, in accordance with the provisions of the national legislation regarding the organization and development of economic activities by natural persons, upon submission of the following documents:

  • proof of meeting the requirements regarding professional training certification, provided for by the legislation on the organization and development of economic activities by natural persons;
  • travel medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa;
  • the applicant’s federal criminal record from US.

2. Professional activities (identified through the letters D/AP)

The Romanian long-stay visa for individual professional activities is granted to third-country nationals who are bound to carry out such activities in accordance with the special legislation regarding the conditions of exercise of the respective professions.

This type of visa may be granted to third-country nationals, provided that they comply with the following conditions:

  • submit proof that they fulfill the requirements related to the exercise of the respective professions;
  • submit proof that in the country of origin they carry out a profession similar to the one they intend to carry out in Romania;
  • submit the proof of the travel medical insurance valid for the entire period of validity of the visa;
  • submit the federal criminal record from US.

3. Commercial activities (identified through the letters D/AC)

This type of visa is granted, on the grounds of the prior endorsement of the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments,  to third-country nationals who are or will become shareholders or associates, in management and administration positions, within companies which have legal personality in Romania, which will begin an investment.

The endorsement of the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments is valid for 6 month from the date of issue and has the purpose of establishing the fulfillment of the technical, utility and economic feasibility conditions of the investment to be implemented by the third-country national.

The visa application will be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • the endorsement of the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments;
  • the federal criminal record from US;
  • travel medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa;
  • proof regarding accommodation.

4. Employment (identified through the letters D/AM)

With the exception of the work permit for seconded workers, the long stay visa for employment is granted to third-country nationals on the grounds of the work permit issued by the Romanian Immigration Office, in accordance with the legislation in force.

The visa application must be submitted along with the following supporting documents:

  • copy of the work permit issued by the Romanian Immigration Office, or depending on the case, documents that attest the fact that the visa applicant falls under the incidence of the categories provided for under paragraph (3);
  • the proof of the means of subsistence at the level of the minimum guaranteed wage for the entire period specified on the visa;
  • the federal criminal record from the country of residence (US);
  • travel medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa.

The long-stay visa for employment is also granted to the following categories of third-state nationals, who can be employed by or can work for natural persons or companies from Romania, without a work permit (in this case the endorsement of the Romanian Immigration Office is required):

  • third-state nationals whose access on the Romanian labor market without a work permit is established through the texts of agreements, conventions or of understandings that Romania is party to;
  • third-state nationals who carry out educational, scientific activities, or other categories of specific activities of a temporary nature, within accredited institutions of profile from Romania, on the grounds of bilateral agreements, or on the grounds of the respective minister’s order;
  • third-state nationals who are bound to carry out temporary activities on the territory of Romania, on the grounds of requests from ministries, from other authorities from central or local public administration, or from autonomous administrative authorities;
  • third-state nationals who are named heads of branch-offices, of representations, or of bureaus of a company located on the territory of Romania but based abroad and who are not associated, shareholders or administrators within a Romanian company, at the date of the request.

5. Secondment (identified through the letters D/DT)

The long-stay visa for secondment is granted to third-country nationals on the grounds of the work permit for seconded workers, issued by the Romanian Immigration Office, according to the provisions of national legislation.

The long-stay visa for secondment is also granted to third-country nationals employed by legal persons with headquarters in one of the member states of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, seconded to Romania, who are in possession of a residence permit issued by that state, who can be assigned to or perform work-related activities for Romanian legal or natural persons without a work permit.

The supporting documents follow the requirements for the D/AM visa.

6. Studies (identified through the letters D/SD)

The long-stay visa for studies is granted, upon request, to third-country nationals who wish to enter the territory of Romania as students, or to third-country nationals who partake in pupil-exchange programs.

Third-country nationals accepted for studies by a state or private education institution accredited or temporarily authorized according to the law, including for participation in PhD courses, are considered as students.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  1. in the case of students:
    1. proof of acceptance for studies from the Ministry of Education and Research, stating that the third-country national will undeniably attend a day-course program of education;
    2. proof of payment of the tuition fee for at least one year of studies;
    3. proof of the financial means in amount of at least the country minimum net wage / month, for the entire period specified in the visa;
    4. a federal criminal record certificate from US;
    5. travel medical insurance for the entire period of the visa validity;
    6. approval from the parents or from the foster parents in order to the reside on the Romanian territory for the purpose of study, if the third-country national is a minor;
  2. in the case of third-country nationals who partake in a pupil-exchange program:
    1. proof of acceptance for studies, issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, stating that a day-course education form will be attended;
    2. proof of participation in a pupils exchange program, conducted by an organization established according to national legislation and acknowledged for this purpose;
    3. proof from the organization that conducts the exchange of pupils, attesting to the fact that it will provide the financial support and any potential costs related to repatriation;
    4. travel medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa;
    5. proof of the accommodation in a family selected by the organization conducting the exchange of pupils and which holds a dwelling place deemed as appropriate for a family in Romania;
    6. the approval of the parents or foster parents as to the stay on the Romanian territory for study purposes, if the third-country national is underage.

7. Family reunification (identified through the letters D/VF)

The sponsor holding a temporary residence permit valid for one year, an EU Blue Card, a permanent residence permit, or the sponsor who benefits from the refugee status or from subsidiary protection, may request family reunification for the following:

  • spouse;
  • unmarried minor children of the sponsor or of the spouse, including adopted children;
  • unmarried minor children of the sponsor, including adopted children, under the sponsor’s care and over whom the sponsor exercises their parental rights. If parental rights are exercised in common, the approval of the second parent is compulsory in order to achieve the family reunification requested by the sponsor.
  • unmarried minor children of the spouse, including adopted children, under the spouse’s care and over whom the spouse exercises their parental rights. If parental rights are exercised in common, the approval of the second parent is compulsory in order to achieve the family reunification requested by the sponsor.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • the notification letter from the Romanian Immigration Office;
  • the proof of medical insurance for the period of validity of the visa;
  • federal criminal record from country of residence (US).

The visa application submitted in cases of marriage must be accompanied by the marriage certificate issued by Romanian authorities or, as the case may be, by the proof of kinship or by a document that makes the proof of their relationship as partners.

8. Religious or humanitarian activities (identified through the letters D/RU)

The Romanian long-stay visa for religious activities is granted to third-country nationals upon request, by the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania located in the applicants’ home country or in their country of residence, provided that the following conditions are met:

  • they hold the endorsement from the State Secretariat for Cults, issued to third-country nationals pursuing similar activities in their country of origin or country of residence;
  • the proof of the applicants’ capacity as representative of a religious organization legally established in Romania;
  • proof of the space of dwelling and the financial means, in amount of three medium salaries, according to national economic regulations;
  • the proof of medical insurance and of the fact that they do not suffer from any diseases that may endanger public health;
  • federal criminal record from the country of residence (US).

9. Scientific research (identified through the letters D/CS)

The Romanian long-stay visa for the purpose of scientific research is granted to third-country nationals, on the grounds of a prior endorsement from the National Scientific Research Authority, as well as from the Romanian Immigration Office.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • the hosting agreement issued by the National Scientific Research Authority;
  • federal criminal record from the country of residence (US);
  • medical insurance valid for the entire period of validity of the visa.

10. Official visa (identified through the letters D/DS)

The diplomatic and service visa allows third-state nationals to enter the territory of Romania, usually for a long-term stay, provided that they are holders of diplomatic or service passports and that they are bound to exercise an official function as members of the staff of foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts accredited in Romania.

This type of visa is granted to holders of diplomatic or service passports, or to holders of travel documents that are assimilated with diplomatic or service passports, upon request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the sending State, or of a diplomatic mission or consular post of the latter, as well as to their family members with whom they cohabit and bare validity for the entire period of the mission, or in accordance with bilateral understandings to which Romania is party.

The US citizens are exempted from the necessity of requesting such a visa.

11. Other purposes (identified through the letters D/AS)

The long-stay visa for other purposes is granted upon request to the following categories of third-country nationals:

  • third-country nationals appointed as administrators of a company, if they make proof of the simultaneous fulfillment of the following conditions:
    • they are appointed administrators
    • when they apply for the visa, they are not associates or shareholders to the company concerned, or to another Romanian company and they did not exercise such functions throughout the last 2 years;
    • there is no other third-country national within the company concerned, who previously obtained a right of stay for this purpose;
    • the respective company has registered a capital contribution or a transfer of technology in amount of at least EUR 50,000;
  • third-country nationals who request entry in Romania for the purpose of undergoing unpaid professional training, within a company in the public or private sector, authorized according to the provisions of national legislation in force, or within an accredited professional training provider organization, provided they cumulatively fulfill the following conditions:
    • they have concluded a training contract for unpaid participation in a type of training with an accredited training provider, or with a public or private company, authorized according to the provisions of national legislation in force, to provide such training;
    • they hold financial means in the amount of at least one medium monthly salary, corresponding to the provisions of national economic laws, for the entire period specified in the visa;
    • in the case of underage third-country nationals, they must have the approval of the parents or legal guardians, for  their stay on the territory of Romania for this purpose;
  • third-country nationals who register for volunteer programs, provided that they simultaneously fulfill the following conditions:
    • they have concluded a volunteer program contract with a Romanian legal entity that regulates its activity according to public or private law, with no lucrative purpose, hereinafter referred to as host-organization. The contract is to specify what activity is to be performed, the way these persons are supervised in fulfilling their tasks, as well as during working hours;
    • the host-organization provides the accommodation, financial means and the medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa, as well as the potential costs related to repatriation;
    • the third-country national is 14 years of age and over;
    • in the case of underage third-country nationals, they must have the approval of the parents or legal guardian with regard to their stay in Romania for this purpose.
  • third-country nationals who undergo long-term medical treatment within public or private medical institutions if they submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and the duration of the treatment. This type of visa may also be granted to a potential companion who assists the third-country national, should they not be able to take care of themselves, if this case is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance;
  • third-country nationals who carry out activities that do not breach Romanian legislation in force, if they justify their presence on the territory of Romania.

For this kind of visa the supporting documents are:

  • proof of medical insurance for the entire period of validity of the visa;
  • proof of accommodation;
  • federal criminal record from the country of residence (US).

- revised on 05/15/2014 -

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