Foreign citizens from Canada, USA and Japan need special long-term permit to reside in Romania. There are certain conditions that each citizen from the countries above must meet in order to be granted the long-term permit!
Canadian citizens that want to apply for a special long-term permit must be present in person at the consulate in order to submit the request. The only cases when this is not mandatory are: if the applicant lives too far from a consular office and there is no shred of doubt that he has good faith, or in the case of group travels when a trustworthy institution is liable for the applicants. It is important to know that all Refugee Passports and Alien Passports holders always need a visa for Romania. There are three lists that explicitly states the countries that must be in possession of a visa when entering Romania, who are exempted from visa requirements or who are exempted from Romanian visa based on their diplomatic, service or official passports and seaman’s books.
The special long-term permit Romania is granted by the Consular offices in Canada with the approval of Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the following conditions are met:
For Japanese citizens, Romanian visa will be granted only in Tokyo at the Romanian Embassy. The applicants must be there in person will all required documents. The application process starts with the online application that must be accurately filled in and them printed to be brought to the Embassy unsigned. This online application is valid for 30 days. After the request is validated the applicant will receive a confirmation email and will be invited to an interview. The interview will also take place at the Embassy and the documents will be processed in approximately 14 days for C-type visas and 30 days for D-type visas. After you got the approval for the special long-term permit, the visa will be placed in your passport. You will be contacted by phone or email in order to let you know the status of your application, and you can either choose to come and pick up your passport in person or have it sent to your address.
The special long-term permit Romania is granted by the Romanian Embassy in Tokyo with the approval of Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the following conditions are met:
U.S citizens have the right to stay in Romania for maximum 90 days without having a visa in six-months period of time. In order to stay more than 90 days, you must apply for an extension from Romanian Office of Immigration. If you extend the period for too much time you will need an exit visa to get back home. In order to get a special long-term permit Romania, you need to go in person to the Romanian Embassy in Washington or the Romanian Consulates in N.Y., Chicago or L.A.
Nevertheless, there are almost the same procedures and same required documents as for other citizens in order to get the Romanian visa. The difference for US, Japan, Canada and Swiss Confederacy citizens is that they have the right to gain their special long-term permits, meaning that they won’t be needing to present proof for having the means to survive in order to prolong their temporary stay permits. This applies for those that develop commercial activities in the country. In addition, they will be exempted from meeting the conditions provided by art 55 from the Emergency Ordinance of the Government nr.194/2002 published in the National Official Monitor.
For further information and guidelines do not hesitate to contact our lawyers from Darie, Manea and Associates, that have a vast experience in helping foreign citizens obtaining their Romanian short-term or long-term visas.