Visas and consular services

General Information about the Romanian Visa

 

NEW!!! The visa procedure for Romania has changed since April 17, 2014!

Step 1

The applications will only be processed first over the Internet, using this site: 

www.eviza.ro

Follow the instructions there when applying for a Romanian visa for starting the application! You can also check there if you really need a visa for Romania!

Step 2

Find out which are the supporting documents for your visa. They can be different from case to case, depending of the type of visa. You will need to have them handy to scan and upload them into the system!

Step 3

When you apply online, take care of the following:

  • Select the options from the drop-down menu or by selecting the corresponding radio button.
  • Read the exceptions! Select what is valid for you!
  • Upload ONLY the documents related to the request. Do not upload other visas or stamped pages from the passport! We will check that when we'll have the passport here!
  • Upload the documents only under the type they belong to (accommodation, invitation, itinerary, etc.)!
  • The Japanese Residence Card/ Alien Registration Card will be uploaded under the last option - "Other"
  • Fill the Surname/ First Name EXACTLY as they appear in the passport!
  • Do not ignore the fields which are not mandatory! Most of them refer to details of the stay in Romania and not filling them will induce the return of the request for correction.

As soon as you finish uploading and filling all the fields in the electronic form, at the end, you will see a link to the ABC Form or D Form (depending to the type of visa). Click on this and load the PDF Form that the system generates.

Print it, inspect it to have accurate information on it and sign it.

NOTE> Applications created, but not submitted will be automatically erased from the system after 30 days.

Step 4

Submit the request, as instructed on the site.

If the application and supporting documents fail to comply with the legal requirements, the application will be returned and the petitioner will be notified by email. A message will explain the issues. After correcting the things, the applicant must resubmit the application. This will repeat until the legal requirement for the visa are met.

Step 5

If the legal requirements are met, the request is validated. The applicant will then receive a notification by email. At this point, it will be also an invitation for an appointment for the interview.

Step 6

The online application does NOT process the visa request! It only verifies that the legal requirements are met!

After the interview that will take place at our embassy, the documents are legally processed in up to 14 days (C-type visas) and up to 30 days (D-type visas).

After approval from Romania, the visa is issued and placed in the passport. Our Consular Section will inform the applicant by phone or e-mail about the decision regarding the visa application. At the time of the interview, the applicant can choose to come and pick up the passport or to have it sent to his/her home address by post.  

 

I. General provisions

A visa is a document that enables the holder to arrive at any Romanian border post, in order to require a transit through, or, depending on the case, a short-stay on the Romanian territory. The border post officers will demand aliens to prove that they comply with the general conditions of entry and stay on the Romanian territory, as provided by law. If they cannot prove this, the aliens will not be allowed to enter the Romanian territory, even if they have a valid visa in their passport.

The Romanian visa is granted by the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular posts abroad.

Following the provisions of the Law No.677/2001 regarding personal data protection (similar to Privacy Act from U.S.), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania is entitled by Law to collect, process, administer and use this data, only according to the purpose they are collected. This applies to the applicant data, his family or another person.

The reason for collecting the personal data through the e-VIZA system is to facilitate submitting and processing the visa request.

When applying online for a visa, filling the fields according to the instructions is mandatory1, failing to do so will conduct to refusal of the request.

All the information supplied is processed only by the rightful operator in Romania and the corresponding diplomatic or consular office.

According to the provisions of the Law No.677/2001, you have the right to amend the provided data, the right of not being discriminated and the right to appeal to justice. Also, you have the right to oppose to processing of personal data that regards you and to request erasing that data2. In these cases, you can address a written request, dated and signed, to the diplomatic mission or consular office to which you have sent the application for visa. Additionally, you can address it to justice (the competent Court from Romania).

Your personal data will not be transferred to other countries beside the Schengen States.

If some of your supplied data is not accurate, we advise you to inform us as soon as possible.

NOTES:

1 - The fields from the electronic forms, that have an asterisk on them (*), should not be filled by the applicants from a third country who are family members of an EU or EES citizen (spouse, child, dependent).

- If you do not agree to processing of personal data regarding you, you should be aware of the non-eligibility of the visa request. Nevertheless, if you want to erase the information regarding you, and in the period in which you apply for erasing the data you are in possession of a valid visa (obtained using the same personal data), this visa will be canceled. If no decision was taken yet for the visa request, this will not be processed further on, being rejected, and the fee will not be refundable.

 

II. Types of visas granted and issued by Romania:

1. The airport transit visa (A-type): it allows the access of aliens into the international area of an airport until their access is allowed on board of the plane towards the country of destination;

2. The transit visa (B-type): it allows the transit of aliens through the territory of Romania, for a period of up to 5 days;

3. The short-stay visa (C-type): it allows the entry and the short-term stay on the territory of Romania for a period of up to 90 days within an interval of maximum 180 days from the date of entry (in the case of a multiple-entry visa, the period of residence will be taken into account starting with the date of the first entry and the duration of stay will be the sum of the individual stays in this period). The Romanian short-stay visa is granted for the following purposes: for an official government mission (C/M), for tourism (C/TU), business (C/A), private visit (C/VV), transportation (C/TR), sports activities (C/SP), as well as cultural, scientific, humanitarian or other purposes (C/ZA). The period of stay cannot be extended under no circumstances.

4. The long-stay visa (D-type): it allows the entry and the residence on the territory of Romania, for a period of maximum 90 days (maximum validity is also 180 days), for the following purposes: diplomatic and mission assignment (D/DS), economic activities (D/AE), professional activities (D/AP), commercial activities, such as investments (D/AC), religious activities (D/AR), work (D/AM), studying (D/SD), family reunification (D/VF), temporary work assignment (D/DT), research (D/CS), as well as other purposes (D/AS). In this case, the residence can be extended at request over the 90 days, by the issuance of a temporary residence permit. The application for the residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Immigration Office, at least 30 days before their right to reside in Romania granted by the visa expires. Failing to do so, the visa will be canceled and its holder has to leave Romania.

The right of residence on the territory of Romania, granted through a short-stay visa, cannot be extended under any circumstances.

The holder of the short stay visa is not allowed to modify or alter the purpose of the trip indicated in the visa application. In case he does, legal measures can be taken, up to enforcement of an interdiction.

The long-stay visa does not extend itself, nor automatically allow or transform into a residence permit. The application for a residence permit has to be filed with the Romanian Office for Immigration in due time.

Any alien applying for a visa has to present a valid travel document, accepted by Romania and that fulfills the formal conditions for affixing the visa sticker. The applicants must also submit all the supporting documents provided by the law: documents proving the stated purpose of the trip, the period of stay, the minimal financial means, as well as the means necessary for the aliens’ return to their home country, or the continuation of the trip towards a third state, upon the end of their stay in Romania.

 

III. Exceptions:

A. Third-state nationals who must be in possession of an entry visa, in accordance to the provisions of the EC Regulation no. 539/2001, are exempt from the type B transit visa obligation, hence being allowed to transit Romania within a period of maximum 5 days, under the following conditions:

1. If they are holders of one of the following travel documents, issued by member states of the European Union, that fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (namely: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland):

  • “uniform visa” (Schengen visa), as mentioned in article 10 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;
  • a “long-stay visa”, as mentioned in article 18 from the Convention for the application of the Schengen Agreement;
  • a “residence permit”, as provided for in Annex IV from the Common Consular Instructions.

2. If they hold a valid short-stay visa, a valid long-stay visa or a valid residence permit issued by Bulgaria, (according to the annex to the EC Decision 582/2008) and Cyprus (according to the annex to EC Decision 895/2006).

3. If they hold a valid residence permit, issued by Switzerland and Lichtenstein respectively (according to the annex to EC Decision 896/2006).

Conditions:

The validity of the afore-mentioned travel documents must cover the transit period;

The above-mentioned citizens are exempt from the Romanian transit visa, however they are not exempt from the obligation of fulfilling the general conditions of entry, provided by article 5, paragraph 1, of the Regulation 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the European Council, dated March 15th, 2006 – The Schengen Borders Code (they must hold a valid travel document, supporting documents proving the purpose and the conditions of the trip, as well as be able to prove appropriate financial means for the entire period of the transit through the Romanian territory);

In order for a uniform visa, a limited-territorial visa, or a residence permit to replace the Romanian transit visa, under the conditions listed above, it is imperative that the transit throughout Romania be a logical part of a coherent and rational itinerary towards the country that issued that visa or residence permit, towards their home country, or towards the country of residence.

Holders of single-entry visas, that are no longer valid (the allowed number of entries or the number of travels are exhausted), will be allowed to transit Romania exclusively for the period of validity of that visa. Such a visa will replace the Romanian transit visa and its holder will be allowed to transit Romania only if the visa is used for the purpose of returning to his/her home country, or to his/her country of residence.

 

B. As of February 1st, 2014, Emergency Government Ordinance no. 109/2013, a new amendment of the Romanian Law, allows the exemption to the need of a short term visa (C-type) for bearers of the uniform Schengen visa or a Schengen stay permit (long term, at least 5 years). For both, the number of entries must be at least two (from which at least one still available) and the period of stay in Romania must not exceed the validity of the visa/permit. This extends also to family members of an EU/EES/CH citizen, without the need to travel together with him.

C. Holders of permanent residence permits issued by member states of the European Union can enter and reside the territory of Romania for up to 90 days, within a period of 6 months, without a visa.

The above-mentioned residence permits must be issued according to the provisions of the EC Directive 109/2003 regarding long-term residence conditions for third-state nationals, stating that the residence permits issued to third-state nationals bearing the status of long-term residents in one of the member states of the European Union, must be valid for a period of at least 5 years.

Article 8, paragraph 3 from the aforementioned EC Directive states that under the heading “type of permit”, the residence permits issued to long-term residents, must state “LONG-TERM RESIDENT - EC”.

All the permits that do not fall into this category are not long-term residence permits and hence, the holders of such permits must apply for a Romanian visa.

 

IV. Required documents:

 

1. Transit visas

The airport transit visa (A-type) is compulsory for the nationals of the states indicated in Annex 1 (namely those states marked with **). The bearers of this visa cannot cross the border into Romania.

Specific documents required:

  • Valid visa issued by the state of destination (and the states in between, if it is the case);
  • Ticket for the travel (itinerary).

The transit visa B-type allows the access of aliens on the territory of Romania (crossing the border is permitted), for the purpose of transit. This type of visa can be issued for one, two or multiple transits, provided that each transit period must not exceed 5 days.

Specific documents required:

  • Valid visa issued by the state of destination (and the states in between, if it is the case);
  • Ticket for the travel (itinerary).

When the trip is carried out by car, the alien must submit the driving license, the registration documents of the vehicle, as well as the green card bearing the personal details of the owner, the state of destination and the states that will be transited.

According to the provisions of article 3 (5) from the Community Code on Visas, the following categories of citizens are exempt from the obligation to hold an airport transit visa, in keeping with paragraphs (1) and (2):

(a) holders of a valid uniform visa, national long-stay visa or a residence permit issued by another Member State;

(b) third-country nationals in possession of valid residence permits, mentioned in Annex V, issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America;

(c) third-country nationals who are in possession of a valid visa issued by a Member State or by a state part to the Agreement from May 2nd 1992 regarding the European Economic Area, by Canada, Japan or the United States of America, or in the case they are returning from the aforementioned states, after having used their visa;

(d) family members of EU citizens, as provided for in article 1(2)(a), without bringing prejudice to the right to free movement that third-country nationals who are family members of EU citizens benefit from;

(e) holders of diplomatic passports;

(f) flight crew members who are nationals of third countries, part to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

 

2. Short-stay visas

 

a) Mission (C/M) - this type of short-stay visa is issued to third-country nationals (and to their family members) who, for reasons related to their political, administrative or public positions, have to travel to Romania. This type of visa is issued to third-country nationals holding official positions in governments, public administrations or international organizations.

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant;
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport – original and copy;
  • A verbal note or an official letter, addressed to our diplomatic mission where the visa application has been lodged, on behalf of the government or of any other authority from the state of residence or on behalf of an international organization, attesting the official status of the visa applicant and the official purpose of the trip.

 

b) Tourism (C/TU) – Issued to aliens traveling to Romania for tourism.

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Voucher or proof of accommodation in Romania (e.g. hotel reservation, information about the host with exact address and housing arrangements, invitation letter in original issued by a Romanian company), as well as the itinerary of the trip;
  • Documentary evidence of sufficient funds for the entire period of stay in Romania, in an amount of 100 EURO/day (e.g. bank statement in the applicant's name covering the last six months, travelers cheques or international credit card, the updated booklet from the bank is also accepted in original and copy);

 

c) Visit (C/VV) – Issued to aliens  traveling to Romania for private visits, at the invitation of Romanian citizens, or of aliens holding a valid Romanian residence permit

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Authenticated invitation from the visited person in Romania, stating that he/she will provide accomodation for the hole period of stay and cover the repatriation expenses, should the invited alien not leave Romania upon expiry of his/her right of stayThe statement has to mention the PIN (personal identification number) and telephone number of the inviting person, as well as the address where the alien will stay in Romania and if the visited person will cover the other expenses of the trip.

NOTE! The applicant has to present the original invitation; copies (scanned / faxed) are not accepted;

  • Documentary evidence of sufficient funds for the entire period of stay in Romania, in an amount of 100 EURO/day (e.g. bank statement in the applicant's name covering the last six months, travelers cheques or international credit card, the updated booklet from the bank is also accepted in original and copy).

NOTE! Foreigners married to Romanian citizens or parents of Romanian citizens who apply for a Romanian Visa will have to submit a copy of the Romanian marriage certificate or the Romanian birth certificate of their child/children.

 

d) Business (C/A) – Issued to aliens traveling to Romania for economic or commercial purposes, such as the conclusion of contracts or negotiations, verifying the use and operation of goods acquired or sold under commercial and industrial co-operation contracts, and to aliens who are or will become associates or shareholders within a Romanian company.

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Official written invitation from a Romanian company or public authority for participation in meetings, conferences, fairs or congresses related to the trade or industry they are involved in, stating also its CUI (Romanian registration) number and also that the respective company or public authority will cover the repatriation expenses, should the invited alien not leave Romania upon expiry of their right of stay.

NOTE! The applicant has to present the original invitation; copies (scanned / faxed) are not accepted. In case the trip expenses are covered by the Japanese company (who sends the person to Romania), a letter from this company is needed.

  • Documentary evidence of sufficient funds for the entire period of stay in Romania, in an amount of 100 EURO/day (e.g. bank statement in the applicant's name covering the last six months, travelers cheques or international credit card, the updated booklet from the bank is also accepted in original and copy).

 

e) Transport (C/TR) – Issued to aliens who are employees of a foreign transport company and drive to or through Romania on behalf of that company.

Specific documents required:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Documents to prove the need of this kind of visa (professional driver license and official letter from the employing company that confirm driving to or through Romania under commercial purposes).

NOTE! The applicant has to present the original letter; copies (scanned / faxed) are not accepted;

  • Registration documents and auto insurance for the car/truck used for transport of goods;
  • Transport license.

 

f) Sport activities (C/SP) – Issued to aliens traveling to Romania for short periods, in order to participate in sports competitions.

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Invitation on behalf of the Romanian organizers (official letter), stating the coverage for the health insurance and naming the accommodation (address, period);

NOTE! The applicant has to present the original invitation; copies (scanned / faxed) are not accepted.

  • Official list of the foreign sports delegation, mentioning the name and position of each member.

 

g) Cultural, scientific and humanitarian activities, as well as short-term medical treatment or any other activities that do not breach Romanian laws (C/ZA) – Issued to aliens who want to travel to Romania, provided that their presence on the territory of Romania is reasonably argued and justified by supporting documents.

Supporting documents:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Valid Japanese visa and re-entry permit attached in the current passport (if applicable);
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Employment letter (stating your employment status and position) - original;
  • Reservation of round-trip ticket;  
  • Proof of a valid international travel insurance covering the entire period of stay in Romania - original and copy;
  • Invitation (official letter) issued by a Romanian institution / organization, indicating the purpose and the period of the trip to Romaniastating that it will cover the repatriation expenses, should the invited alien not leave Romania upon expiry of his/her right of stay

 NOTE! The applicant has to present the original invitation; copies (scanned / faxed) are not accepted;

  • Documentary evidence of sufficient funds for the entire period of stay in Romania, in an amount of 100 EURO/day (e.g. bank statement in the applicant's name covering the last six months, travelers cheques or international credit card, the updated booklet from the bank is also accepted in original and copy).
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation for the hole period of stay).

 

Facilities in granting the C-type visas

To the nationals of states with which the EC has concluded transit and short-stay visa facility agreements, the Romanian visa can be granted on the grounds of the supporting documents provided by these agreements, depending on the status of the visa applicant, as well as on the purpose of the trip.

For each category of citizens provided by the agreements, Romanian short stay visas will be granted on the grounds of the supporting documents indicated by these agreements. Nevertheless, the applicants also have to submit the supporting documents provided by the Governmental Ordinance no. 194/2002 concerning the regime of aliens in Romania, depending on the type of the requested visa.

The enforced facilitation agreements aforementioned are:

1. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and the Republic of Albania

2. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Union (EU) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

3. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and FYROM

4. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and the Republic of Moldavia

5. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and the Russian Federation

6. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and the Serbian Republic

7. The visa facilitation Agreement, concluded between the European Community (CE) and the Republic of Montenegro

8. Council Decision no. 840/EC dated November 29th 2007, concerning the visa facilitation Agreement concluded between the European Community (EC) and the Ukraine

 

 

3. Long-stay visas

 

Common documents required for all types of visas:

  • Application form filled out in full and signed by the applicant (for underage children, the application must be signed by both parents; the parents' declaration regarding the travel consent, duly certified and a copy of their passports);
  • Two color photographs (sized 3cm x 4cm) with a white background (one to be attached to the application form). The photos must be less than 6 months old;
  • Passport (it must exceed the validity term of the requested visa with at least 3 months and should include at least one blank page for the visa sticker) – original and copy;
  • Residence Card or Japanese Alien Registration Card - original and copy;
  • Valid International Health insurance 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!
  • 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;
  • For residents > Police Clearance Certificate (Tokou Shomei)

           Apply at the following address :

           Tokyo Public Safety Division, Metropolitan Police Department

            (http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp )
           2-1-1, Kasumigaseki
           Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo

For cities other than Tokyo, apply to the prefecture Police Office.

 

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 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.

 

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 submit proof that they fulfill the requirements related to the exercise of the respective profession; submit proof that in the country of origin they carry out a profession similar to the one they intend to carry out in Romania.

 

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

a) 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, according to the provisions of article 43 from GEO 194/2002, republished and amended by Law no. 157 from 11th July 2011 for the amendment and completion of national legislation on the regime of third-country nationals in Romania.

b) The endorsement of the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments is granted to the categories of third-country nationals who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. they submit a business plan that comprises data regarding the: identification of the company, the object of activity of the company, the object and value of the investment, the estimated number of new working places and the stages of establishment of the latter, the stages of development of the investment process and the amounts afferent to the latter, the location of the investment, the duration of the investment and of the amortization of the investment, the projection of the financial activity for a period of minimum 3 years;
  2. they submit proof, by means of a single bank statement issued by a Romanian bank, in the name of the natural person who is the third-country national who requests the endorsement, that they hold the necessary funds for the development of the activity, in amount of at least EUR 100,000, should they be shareholders in a company with limited liability and at least EUR 150,000, for the third-country nationals, shareholders in a joint stock company;
  3. they will make, over a period of maximum 12 months from the date of obtaining of the residence permit, an investment according to the business plan provided for under letter a), making capital contributions or technology in the amount of a minimum of EUR 100,000, for a limited liability company and of at least EUR 150,000 in the case of a joint stock company;
  4. they will provide at least 10 work places for a limited liability company and 15 new work places for a joint stock company, through the activity implied by the proposed investment, over a period of maximum 12 months from the date of obtaining the residence permit.

c) In the case of companies with two or more associates or shareholders who request the endorsement, the conditions provided for under paragraph (b) will have to be analyzed separately for each applicant, given that the value of the investment that is bound to be made and the number of work places bound to be created will correspondingly grow, depending on the number of requests for an endorsement.

d) Third-country nationals who have previously obtained an endorsement from the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments or from the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments may request the issuance of a second endorsement, according to the provision of the present section, in the situations mentioned below:

a. they provide proof of the objective impossibility to develop the former business plan;
b. they provide proof they have fulfilled the former business plan.

e) The visa application will be accompanied by the endorsement of the Romanian Center for the Promotion of Foreign Investments;

f) The visa application accompanied by the supporting documents in accordance with paragraph e), will be submitted at our diplomatic mission and they will be subsequently sent to the Romanian Immigration Office for an endorsement, in accordance with legal attributions, through the Directorate General for Consular Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

g) 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.

 

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

a) 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.

b) 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 c);
  • the proof of the means of subsistence at the level of the minimum guaranteed wage for the entire period specified on the visa;

c) 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)

a) 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.

b) 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)

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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 criminal record certificate from Japan;
    5. 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. 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;
    5. 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.

4) Third-country nationals who take part in a pupil-exchange program must regularly be aged between 7 and 19 years.

 5) The third-country nationals who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Romanian State are exempt from the obligation of submitting the documents indicated in paragraph (3) (a)(ii) and (iii) and third-state nationals of 6) Romanian origin are exempt from the documents provided for at paragraph (3)(a)(iii).

7) The visa indicated in paragraph (1) is also granted to third-country nationals accepted for studies on the grounds of international documents to which Romania is party. 

 

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 notification letter from the Romanian Immigration Office;

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:

  • 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

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 endorsement from the National Scientific Research Authority is issued upon request from research and development units and institutions, provided that the following conditions are met:

a) the research and development units must be certified according to law;

b) hosting agreement must be concluded between the units provided under letter a) and the researcher who has been accepted to perform such activities in relation to a scientific research project. The manner and conditions for the conclusion of a reception agreement are established by order of the Romanian Minister of Education, Research and Youth.

The visa application must be accompanied by the hosting agreement issued by the National Scientific Research Authority.

 

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 Japanese 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.

 

IMPORTANT

Information regarding visa processing fees can be consulted here

You must apply in person.

The applications which are not accompanied by all the required documents will not be accepted.

Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received your visa. 

Visa applicants should never assume their application will be automatically approved.

In some cases further documentation may be needed.

Please note that in Japan visa services are granted only at the Romanian Embassy in Tokyo.

Please also note that holding a Romanian Visa does not automatically grant the access on the Romanian territory.

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