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Romanian Citizenship By Descent - A Country With Deep Heritage

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Romanian Citizenship By Descent - A Country With Deep Heritage

Romania is a beautiful country with a rich history, notable landmarks, culture, and spectacular scenery. Apart from these features, the fact that Romania is a member of the European Union has made it an appealing immigration destination. Many people seek to get Romanian citizenship because of the many advantages of an EU passport, such as access to high-quality education, healthcare, and social benefits.

There are multiple routes to earn Romanian citizenship, including naturalization (after four years of legal residency), investment, birth and through descent. For those of Romanian heritage, Romanian citizenship by descent is the most suitable option for you. You can apply for Romanian citizenship if you have a parent or grandmother who was a Romanian citizen.


The Culture Palace in Iasi city is an amazing place to visit while there

The Culture Palace in Iasi city is an amazing place to visit while there


Individuals may apply for Romanian citizenship by descent in the following ways:

  • One or both parents were Romanian citizens, at any point in their lives.
  • Either or both grandparents (any one of four) were Romanian citizens at any point during their lives.
  • Any of the eight great-grandparents was a Romanian citizen at some point throughout their lives and lost their Romanian citizenship due to no fault of their own.

In Romania, this is regarded as the "restoration of citizenship" rather than the "acquisition" of citizenship. The citizenship law states that everyone who is a descendant of a Romanian citizen is entitled to Romanian citizenship by descent. The citizenship law further specifies that biological descendants and adopted children/grandchildren of former Romanian nationals are eligible to seek Romanian citizenship by descent.

Another point to consider is that Romanian territory covered several other nations, such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Hungary, in the early twentieth century. You can also obtain Romanian citizenship by descent if your grandfather or father was born in one of these countries under Romanian rule.


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Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara, Romania


The procedure of getting Romanian citizenship by descent starts with proving that your parent or grandparent was a Romanian citizen in the past. Given the number of Jews of Romanian heritage in Israel, the odds of you having an ancestor who was a Romanian Jew are pretty high.



Once this fact is confirmed, the following step will be to prepare the relevant documentation. You will require formal confirmation that your ascendant was born or resided in Romania before the 1930s.

Although birth certificates are public records in Romania, you can’t obtain them unless it is the birth certificate that you seek. Aside from that, you'll need to have your passport and civil status documents with authorized translations on hand. You will also need to prepare documentation for your spouse and children if you want to get Romanian citizenship.

Regardless of the method you follow toward Romanian citizenship, all papers must be translated and validated. Obtaining birth certificates or other legal documents in Romania may be a strict procedure, especially if you are not in the country or do not have any family there who can help you.

Other papers you'll need to include a criminal record from your home country and proof of income if you want to live in Romania. After you have obtained all of these papers, you must present them to the consulate office.


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After four years of living legally in Romania, you can become a citizen by naturalization

After four years of living legally in Romania, you can become a citizen by naturalization


Getting a Romanian passport entails obtaining a European citizenship and residing in one of the most beautiful EU nations, where the spirit of the mystical Middle Ages coexists with the steady growth of the IT industry. Romania is a nation that values traditions while simultaneously charting a route for the future and ensuring that people's basic rights are protected by law.

As a result, EU citizenship is an excellent investment in a better life and one of the best education available for you and your loved ones.

Let us compile a list of the obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of being a Romanian citizen:

  • The citizenship law permits you to hold dual citizenship without giving up your first. It should also be mentioned that you do not need to be proficient in Romanian to finish the process and take the oath;
  • You have the legal right to work in any EU country without limits;
  • Your children can obtain Romanian citizenship concurrently with you (completely free of charge);
  • Visa-free travel to over a hundred countries around the world, as well as freedom of movement and residency in any European Union nation;
  • You and your children may expect a high-quality European education at prestigious universities;
  • Possibility of obtaining citizenship in a nation with political stability and significant economic development;
  • A Romanian citizen, regardless of his actual residence, is entitled to quality medical treatment in any European Union nation;
  • You may also simply create bank accounts in European nations, get loans, and take advantage of other favourable offers from reputable financial institutions;
  • You have the right to buy cheap commercial or residential real estate in whatever part of the EU you choose, with no extra taxes or fees;
  • Start a business in Romania, expand it to the worldwide market, and grow the number of trustworthy partners;

In addition to the above, Romania presents various ski resorts with decent slopes, the Black Sea coast, the magnificent Danube, historic Transylvanian castles, attractive places, and a range of architectural treasures you can fully appreciate as a citizen of this lovely nation.


Brasov, Romania

Brasov, Romania


Few individuals in the world have the opportunity to get foreign citizenship based on their lineage, and even fewer are eligible for foreign citizenship, giving them so much in return. Romania provides EU citizenship, an expanding economy, a dependable workforce, and breathtaking natural beauty. With so much on the line, passing up a chance like this would be a bad decision. You can contact us if you believe you are qualified for Romanian citizenship via ancestry. We will assist you in navigating the whole procedure so that you can go where you are best treated and live the life of your dreams.


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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