Long Term Stay Permits

Long Term Stay Permits

Law office, Alina Szilaghi, provides complex assistance and representation services regarding the procedure for obtaining long-term residence permits in Romania.

Long Term Stay Permits in Romania

The conditions to be met for the long-term right to stay in Romania are the following:

  • you have a right of permanent residence on the territory of Romania during the last 5 years preceding the filing of the application, in the following manner:
    – the period of absence on the territory of Romania is less than 6 consecutive months and does not exceed a total of 10 months;
    – no measure of removal from the national territory against you has been ordered.

When determining the period of continuous and legal residence, half of the period of stay for study purposes is taken into account. However, when determining this period, the right of residence under the short stay visa, the diplomatic or service visa, and the staying as a seasonal worker shall not be taken into account.

It is useful to know that this period can be reduced to 4 years if you have been granted refugee status or have been granted subsidiary protection in Romania depending on the degree of integration into society.

Also, if you have been recognized as a refugee or have obtained subsidiary protection in Romania, and you have been married for at least 5 years with a Romanian citizen, this period will be halved.

  • you can prove that you own the means of maintenance at the minimum net salary on the economy, except for the foreign family members of the Romanian citizens;
  • Provide proof of health insurance;
  • Provide proof of legal ownership of the living space;
  • you know the Romanian language at least at a satisfactory level;
  • do not pose a threat to public order and national security.

Foreigners born in Romania or born in Romania, as well as those whose stay is in the interest of the Romanian state, may be granted the right of long-term residence by fulfilling the only condition of not endangering public order and national security.

Minors whose parents are holders of a right of long-term residence may be granted the same status without fulfilling the condition of holding a right of permanent residence on the territory of Romania during the last 5 years prior to the filing of the application. If only one of the parents is the holder of a long-term residence right, the consent of the other parent is required in an authentic form.

Foreigners who demonstrate that they have invested at least EUR 1,000,000 or created more than 100 full-time jobs may be granted the right of long-term residence if they can prove that they meet the last four conditions set out above.

The right of long-term residence for holders of the EU Blue Card who had a right of permanent residence in the territory of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation in the last 5 years preceding the filing of the application, as holders of The EU Blue Card, if from these 5 years, 2 years had the right of permanent residence in the 2 years prior to the filing date as the holder of the EU Blue Card on the territory of Romania, is obtained under the condition of cumulative fulfillment of the following requirements:

  • have not been absent from the territory of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation for more than 12 consecutive months and the period of absence does not exceed 18 months in total;
  • no measures have been taken to remove from the territory of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation against the alien in question;
  • prove the keeping of the means of maintenance at the level of the minimum gross salary guaranteed in payment, except for the foreign family members of the Romanian citizens;
  • provide proof of insurance in the social health insurance system;
  • they prove the legal possession of the living space;
  • know Romanian at least on a satisfactory level;
  • do not pose a threat to public order and national security.

The Period of Validity of the Long Term Right of Residence

The long-term residence permit is granted for a period of 10 years if you are a family member of a Romanian citizen, respectively for a period of 5 years if the purpose of your stay falls within the scope of the law.

Terms of Revocation of The Long Term Residence Right

Yes, the right to stay in the long term ceases in the following situations:

  • in case of cancellation or revocation;
  • in the case of obtaining a right of long-term residence in the territory of another State;
  • in the case of absences from the territory of the Romanian State for a period longer than 12 consecutive months, except in the situation in which during this period you have been granted a right of temporary stay in a Member State of the European Union;
  • in view of absences on the territory of the Romanian State for more than 6 consecutive years, even if during this period you were a beneficiary of a temporary residence right in a Member State of the European Union;
  • on demand;
  • to the acquisition of Romanian citizenship or to absences from the territory of the Member States of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, for more than two consecutive years, of the person holding a long-term right of residence, of a long-term residence permit with the mention “Former holder of the EU Blue Card”, or of his family members who have been granted long-term resident status.

Required Documents for Long Term Stay Request

To apply for a long-term residence permit in Romania it is necessary to submit an application accompanied by the following documents:

  • the state border crossing document, in original and copy;
  • evidence of legal ownership of living space;
  • supporting documents on means of maintenance;
  • proof of social health insurance;
  • a criminal record certificate issued by the Romanian authorities;
  • civil status documents, when applicable;
  • proof of payment of the fees.

Applications for long-term residence rights are settled within a maximum of 6 months, with the possibility of extending this term by up to 3 months.

If the application is approved, within 30 days of receipt of the communication, you must submit the following documents attached to the application for long-term residence permit:

  • the border crossing document;
  • proof of living space;
  • proof of payment of the fees.

Refusal of Long Term Residence Right

There is the possibility of refusing to grant a long-term residence permit in Romania.

The refusal, as well as the reasons which justify its formulation, shall be communicated in writing to the applicant within 15 working days of the settlement of the request.

The refusal to grant the right of long-term residence may be appealed within 30 days from the date of communication to the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

Refusal to grant the right of long-term residence does not have legal effect on the right of residence of the title of the application.

Rights of Long Term Permit Holders

Holders of a right of long-term residence enjoy, under the law, equal treatment with Romanian citizens in respect of:

  • access to the labor market on the territory of Romania without a work permit, based on an individual labor contract endorsed by the Territorial Labor Inspectorate;
  • access to all forms and levels of education and training, including the awarding of scholarships, the equivalence of studies and the recognition of diplomas, certificates, attestations of competence and professional qualifications;
  • social security and social protection;
  • health and social care;
  • tax deductions on total income and tax exemptions;
  • access to public goods and services, including housing;
  • freedom of association, affiliation, and membership of a trade union or professional organization.

To request an online legal consultation, please fill out the FORM

Request a Consultation

Call Now Button