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HOW TO OBTAIN ROMANIAN CITIZENSHIP

In the last years more and more Israeli citizens wish to regain their lost Romanian citizenship or to gain it relying on their Romanian born ancestors' rights.

Historically speaking, there was a large Jewish community in Romania prior to the Second World War, but immediately after it when the communists came to rule the country most of them found themselves obliged to leave Romania and to immigrate to the new state of Israel or to other countries.

That is the reason that presently many Israelis wish to reconnect with their roots and to obtain Romanian citizenship.

Given that Romania is part of the European Union, Romanian citizenship automatically gives you the “European” citizenship with all the privileges included.

Regarding the procedure they have to follow up, this one is not that hard, but due to the fact that there are a number of institutions where they have to submit documents in fact things are not that easy.

 

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First you must understand very well who of the client’s relatives was born in Romania and where – this is the most important detail without which one cannot start the procedure. Due to the fact that people left Romania so many years ago, sometimes it is hard to remember the exact location of the birth especially that along the years Romania undertook several administrative territorial modifications.

Another important step is to find our whether the one born in Romania lost or did not lose his Romanian citizenship upon leaving Romania. According to this information one can tell whether the client needs to present a file in the Citizenship Committee or if he/she should go directly to the competent City Hall in order to register his /her Israeli civil status documents with the Romanian State.

Once the process of registering the Israeli Civil Status documents with the Romanian State is finished the client gets his/hers Romanian birth and/or marriage certificates.

Then, in case there are differences between the birth name and the present name, all changes of name must be registered in Romania so that all the changes occurred in Israel (from the civil status point of view) will be reflected identically and accurately in the Romanian civil status records. In other words the same name from the Israeli passport must appear on the Romanian birth and marriage certificate (even if the client was born under another name).

The same registration procedure occurs in case the client is divorced/widow/widower – all changes due to the divorce, death of the spouse must be registered as previously explained.

Once all Romanian documents are ready with all modifications performed, the Romanian Passport can be issued.

This procedure may last  between 18-36 months and sometimes longer, depending on the details of each particular case and to the Romanian citizenship status of the client hmself or to his relative born in Romania.

Even if the bureaucracy involved by the citizenship procedure is not the easiest, our Law Office’s specialists handle the most difficult cases given the vast experience due to more than 15 years of citizenship procedure experience.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN ROMANIAN CITIZENSHIP

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