Long stay visa

Long stay visa

Law office Alina Szilaghi offers comprehensive assistance and representation services in the field of long-stay visa.

Long stay visa

The long-stay visa in Romania is granted to foreigners on request for a period of 90 days with one or more trips for the following purposes:

  • Carrying out economic activities – to foreigners who are going to carry out economic activities independently or within family associations, in accordance with the law on the organization and unfolding of economic activities by individuals;
  • Carrying out professional activities – foreigners who have the right to exercise professions on the territory of Romania on the basis of special laws;
  • Carrying out professional activities – to foreigners who are or will become shareholders or associates with the attributions of management and administration of some companies in Romania;
  • Employment in the labor force – foreigners who are going to enter Romania to work. The visa issued for this purpose will also be issued to the athletes who are to develop within clubs or teams in Romania, on the basis of an individual labor contract or a civil convention under the terms of the law;
  • Studies – foreigners who are going to enter Romania to take courses in pre-university, university education, as the case may be, or to obtain scientific titles in state or private institutions accredited according to the law;
  • Reintegration of the family – foreigners to enter Romania in order to regain family unit;
  • Religious or humanitarian activities – foreigners who are going to enter Romania to carry out activities in the field of recognized cults, at their request or for humanitarian purposes;
  • Scientific research activities – foreigners to enter Romania to carry out scientific research activities.
  • Other purposes

Types of Long Stay Visas for Romania

The long-stay visa in Romania for carrying out economic activities

Long-stay visas for economic activities are granted to foreigners who are to carry out economic activities in Romania, independently or in family associations, in accordance with the law on the organization and carrying out of economic activities by individuals and which presents the following documents:

  • proof of the fulfillment of the conditions regarding the attestation of professional training, provided by the law on the organization and unfolding of economic activities by individuals;
  • medical insurance during the validity of the visa;
  • criminal record certificate or any other document of the same legal value.

The long-stay visa in Romania for the development of professional activities

Long-stay visas for the carrying out of individual activities are granted to foreigners who are to carry out these activities in accordance with the special laws governing the conditions for practicing the respective professions.

This type of visa can be given to foreigners who meet the following conditions:

  • prove the fulfillment of the legal conditions for exercising the respective professions;
  • they prove that in the home country they practice a profession similar to the one they intend to pursue in Romania;
  • presents proof of medical insurance during the validity period of the visa;
  • presents a criminal record certificate or any other document of the same legal value.

Long-stay visa in Romania for business activities

This type of visa is granted, on the basis of the opinion of the Romanian Foreign Investment Agency, to foreigners who are shareholders or associates, with management or management attributions, of some commercial companies, Romanian legal persons.

The opinion of the Romanian Foreign Investment Agency shall be given to the aliens stipulated in paragraph 1, which meet the following conditions:

  • The existence of a business plan that includes data on the nature, location, duration of the activity envisaged, the estimated labor needs, as well as the projection of the financial activity during the period of amortization of the investment;
  • I prove, by an account statement issued by a Romanian bank, on behalf of the natural person who is a foreign citizen requesting the opinion that they have the necessary funds to carry out the activity of at least EUR 100,000 if they are shareholders enter a joint stock company and EUR 70,000 if it is a limited liability company;
  • The investment that the company will make in the future, contrary to the business plan referred to in a. Assume capital or technology contributions of a minimum value of:
    – EUR 100,000 for a joint stock or shareholder
    – EUR 70,000 for a limited liability company;
  • alternatively to the investment referred to in c. It can be the creation of a minimum of 10 jobs for a limited liability company and a minimum of 15 seats for a joint stock company.

In the case of companies with two or more associates or shareholders requesting the opinion, the stipulated codes will have to be analyzed for each applicant separately, the amount of the investment the company is going to make or the number of jobs to be created by increasing, accordingly, depending on the number of solicitors.

Foreigners who have previously obtained an opinion from the Romanian Foreign Investment Agency may request the issuance of another opinion only if they prove the objective impossibility of achieving the previous business plan

The visa application may be accompanied by the following:

  • the opinion of the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments;
  • criminal record certificate or other document of the same legal value;
  • medical insurance during the period of validity of the visa

The request accompanied by the above-mentioned documents shall be submitted to the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania and shall be transmitted, through the General Directorate of Consular Affairs within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Aliens Authority for endorsement according to the competencies.

The opinion of the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and aims at establishing the technical and economic utility of the activity to be carried out by the foreigner.

Long-stay visa in Romania for employment

The long-stay visa for employment is granted to foreigners on the basis of the work permit issued by the Romanian Immigration Office.

Work authorization is issued at the employer’s request if the following conditions are met:

  • The employer proves that he has a legal activity in Romania, that he has no debts and that he has made a legal selection, with the presentation of the evidence to prove it, according to the provisions of the special legislation on employment and detachment of foreigners on the territory of Romania;
  • The foreigner meets the special conditions of professional training experience and authorization, is medically fit to carry out the respective activity, has no criminal record, falls within the annual quota approved by the Government decision, contrary to the provisions of the special legislation on employment and detachment of foreigners on the territory of Romania.

The work permit is not granted to aliens who in the last 2 years had the right to stay for business activities and did not respect the business plan

The Romanian Immigration Office issues the authorization within 30 days from the date of receipt of the request from the employer. In cases where additional verifications are necessary for the fulfillment of the conditions for obtaining the authorization, the deadline for solving the application can be extended by up to 15 days.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Work permit, issued by the Romanian Immigration Office;
  • Proof of the means of subsistence at the level of the minimum guaranteed salary in the payment for the entire period enrolled in the visa;
  • Criminal Records Certificate or any other document of the same legal value, issued by the authorities of the country of domicile or residence;
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the visa.

The foreigner may apply for a long stay visa for employment within 30 days of the issue of the permit. The visa is approved by the National Visa Center, without the need for an opinion.

Long-term visa in Romania for studies

Long-stay visas for studies may be granted on request to foreigners who apply for entry to Romania as a student or participating in an exchange program for pupils.

Student status is accepted by foreigners admitted to education by a state or private education institution, accredited according to the law, including for taking part in doctoral courses.

The request must be accompanied by the following documents:

For students:

  • Evidence of admission to studies issued by the Ministry of Education and Research that will result in a form of day education;
  • Proof of paying the tuition fee for at least one year of study;
  • Proof of the means of maintenance, in amount at least the minimum net salary in the monthly country, for the entire period enrolled in the visa;
  • Criminal Records Certificate or other document of the same legal value;
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the visa validity;
  • The consent of the parents or the guardian regarding the stay for study purposes on the territory of Romania, if the alien is a minor;

in the case of aliens participating in an exchange program for pupils:

  • evidence of acceptance of studies issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, which will show that it will follow a form of day education;
  • evidence of participation in a student exchange program conducted by an organization established under the law and recognized for this purpose;
  • evidence from the organization exchanging students that it will provide the means of maintenance and possible costs of removal;
  • medical insurance during the validity of the visa;
  • proof of accommodation for a family selected by the student exchange organization and having a living space considered normal for a family in Romania;
  • the consent of the parents or guardian regarding the stay for study purposes on the territory of Romania, if the alien is a minor.

Foreigners participating in an exchange program for elves must be aged between 7 and 19 years of age.

The foreign scholars of the Romanian state, as well as those of Romanian origin, are not obliged to submit the documents stipulated in par. 3 lit. and point iii

The visa referred to in paragraph 1 is also granted to foreigners admitted to studies on the basis of the international documents to which Romania is a party.

Long-term visa in Romania for family reunification

The sponsor of a temporary residence permit valid for one year, a permanent residence permit or a beneficiary of refugee or subsidiary protection status may request family reunification for:

  • husband wife;
  • Unmarried minor children of the sponsor or spouse, including those adopted and who are in actual maintenance of the sponsor or spouse

The Authority for Foreigners can approve if the conditions provided by the law are met, the reintegration of the family for the following categories;

  • Grade 1 ascendant relatives of the spouse or spouse if they can not afford and do not enjoy adequate family support in their country of origin;
  • unmarried adult children of the sponsor or spouse if they can not self-sustain themselves for medical reasons.

Unaccompanied minors, beneficiaries of refugee status or subsidiary protection, may request family reunification to:

  • Grade 1 ascendant relatives or legal guardian; or
  • when they do not exist or can not be identified, any other relative of that person.

Foreigners provided in paragraph 1, holders of a right of residence for study purposes, may request the family reunification for the spouse and unmarried minor children, provided that the date of the marriage is before the right of residence is obtained.

Foreigners who are beneficiaries of refugee or subsidiary protection status may apply for the spouse’s family reunification only if the date on which the marriage was concluded is prior to obtaining one of these forms of protection.

Foreigners provided in paragraph 1, holders of a right of residence for carrying out scientific research, may request family reunification, even if the validity of the residence permit is less than one year.

The application form shall be submitted to the territorial structure of the Authority for Aliens on whose territory the applicant is legally residing and shall be accompanied by the following documents:

Marriage certificate or, as the case may be, proof of kinship;

  • The applicant’s declaration, in the authentic form, showing that family members will live with him/her;
  • Copy of the document attesting to the right of residence on the territory of Romania;
  • Proof of legal ownership of living space;
  • Proof of the means of maintenance;
  • Medical insurance of the applicant;

If there is any doubt about the relationship, the Authority for Foreigners may require further evidence to establish it.

The application is approved if the following conditions are met:

  • There is no state of bigamy or polygamy;
  • The applicant has a living space considered normal for a similar family in Romania;
  • The applicant shall have means of support, in addition to those required for his own maintenance under the law, in the amount corresponding to the minimum net salary for each family member.

For the beneficiaries of the refugee or subsidiary protection status, who request family reunification, it is not mandatory to present the documents stipulated in par. 6 lit. d-f and the fulfillment of the conditions stipulated in paragraph 8 lit b-c.

The application will be settled within a maximum of 3 months from the filing date.

Approval of the application will be communicated in writing to the applicant for transmission to interested family members who present it to the diplomatic mission or consular office with the application for a Roman visa.

If the application is rejected, the reasons will be communicated to the stranger in writing.

The visa is issued by the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania in the country where the family members have their residence or domicile.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • The Authority’s communication to foreigners referred to in paragraph 11;
  • Evidence of medical insurance for the duration of the visa validity;
  • Criminal Records Certificate or any other document of the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of residence or residence of the alien.

I can apply for a family reunification visa and the following categories of people:

  • Foreigners married to Romanian citizens;
  • Unmarried foreigners living with unmarried Romanian citizens if they have at least one child together, referred to as partners;
  • Children of the Romanian citizen, of the spouse or partner, including those adopted, who have not reached the age of 21 years or are in the care of the Romanian citizen, spouse or partner;
  • Upper-line relatives of the Romanian citizen or his / her spouse.

The visa application submitted by persons referred to in paragraph 15 shall be accompanied by the marriage certificate or, as the case may be, by the proof of the existence of a family relationship or partner status.

Adoption must be ordered by decision of a competent Romanian authority, under the law, or by the decision of the authority of another State, which produces legal effects on the territory of Romania.

Granting long-stay visas for family reunification may be refused when the claim is based on a marriage of convenience found previously under the terms of this Emergency Ordinance.

Long-stay visas in Romania for humanitarian or religious activities

Long-stay visas for humanitarian or religious activities are granted to foreigners upon request by diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania in their country of residence or domicile under the following conditions:

  • the existence of the opinion of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs or, as the case may be, of the Interdepartmental Commission for Coordination and Support of Humanitarian Activities within the Ministry of Health;
  • proof of the status of representative of a legally established religious organization in Romania or of a humanitarian organization;
  • proof of living space and means of subsistence at the level of three average wages on the national economy;
  • proof of medical insurance and that he/she does not suffer from diseases that may endanger public health;
  • the presentation of the criminal record certificate or any other document of the same legal value, issued by the authorities of the country of origin of the alien.

The long-stay visa in Romania for the purpose of scientific research

The long stay visa for scientific research activities is granted to foreigners on the basis of the opinion of the National Authority for Scientific Research and of the Romanian Immigration Office.

The opinion of the National Authority for Scientific Research is issued at the request of the research-development units and institutions, meeting the following conditions:

  • R & D units are certified under the law;
  • There shall be a reception agreement between the units referred to in point and the researcher who was accepted to carry out activities within a scientific research project. The form and conditions under which the receiving agreement is concluded shall be determined by order of the minister of education, research and youth.

The visa application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Acceptance agreement endorsed by the National Authority for Scientific Research
    Criminal record certificate or any other document of the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of domicile or residence;
  • Medical insurance valid during the validity period of the visa.

Long stay visa in Romania for other purposes

Long-stay visas for other purposes are granted upon request by the diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania in the country where they reside or their domicile, to the following categories of foreigners:

  • Those detached by:
    • A foreign company based in the territory of a member state of the World Trade Organization at its branch, branch or subsidiary located in the territory of Romania, or in a commercial company, a Romanian legal person whose associate / shareholder is the foreign company, with the same object of activity if they prove that they are in working relationship with another Romanian legal person;
    • An employer domiciled in a legal entity in Romania, based on a commercial service contract concluded between the two parties.
  • Those whose access to the Romanian labor market is regulated by bilateral agreements concluded by Romania with other states;
  • Those who are appointed as directors of a company, if they prove that they cumulatively fulfill the following conditions:
    • have the capacity of administrator;
    • at the date of the request are not associates or shareholders of the company or other Romanian legal person and have not had these qualities in the last 2 years;
    • there is no other foreign company who has obtained a right of residence for that purpose;
    • the company in question has made a capital injection or technology transfer of at least 50,000.
  • Those who apply for entry to Romania for unpaid professional training – within a public or private sector enterprise, or – under an accredited professional training provider, if they prove that they cumulatively fulfill the following conditions:
    • have entered into a training contract for unpaid participation in a form of training in a public or private sector or in an accredited professional training provider;
    • have means of maintenance in the amount of at least the average monthly net monthly salary for the entire period enrolled in the visa;
    • have the consent of their parents or guardian regarding their stay in Romania for this purpose, if the alien is a minor;
  • Those who engage in volunteer work if they demonstrate that they cumulatively fulfill the following conditions:
    • have entered into a voluntary agreement with a non-profit legal person governed by public law or private law, hereinafter referred to as the host organization, which mentions the work to be carried out, the conditions under which they are supervised in fulfilling the tasks, as well as at working hours;
    • the host organization provides accommodation, means of subsistence and medical insurance for the entire duration of the visa, as well as possible costs of removal;
    • are aged over 14 inclusive;
    • have the parents or guardian’s consent to stay in Romania for this purpose if the alien is a minor.
  • Those who undergo long-term medical treatment in 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 visa may also be granted to a prospective attendant who assists the alien unable to care for himself if expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance;
  • Those who carry out other activities that do not contravene Roman laws, if they justify their presence on Romanian territory.

Foreigners in the categories listed above are granted a visa if:

  • presents proof of medical insurance during the validity period of the visa;
  • provides proof of accommodation conditions;
  • presents a criminal record certificate or any other document of the same legal value issued by the authorities of the country of origin.

Attorney’s office “Szilaghi Alina” provides legal representation and related consultancy, in order to grant the long-stay visa in Romania.

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