Tuesday, 9 January 2007

FAQ: Do you need to speak Romanian to become a citizen?

Question
I heard there were talks about not granting citizenship to foreigners anymore unless they can speak Romanian, or prove that they intend to learn it, is that true?

Answer
If a foreigner is with no blood ties to Romania is trying to gain citizenship, then yes. If an ex-Romanian citizen is trying to regain citizenship, then yes. If a child of a Romanian citizens is trying to get citizenship, then I don't think knowledge of Romanian is necessary.

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Changing my mom's marriage cert and my birth cert

We just filled out the forms to change my mother's marriage certificate and my birth certificate. Bad news is that it can take up to seven months.

Good news is that we found my grandfather's birth certificate, marriage license and exit papers, which prove that he's Romanian, therefore my mother is and so am I.

EDIT: February 2011, we got confirmation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs that my grandfather gave up Romanian citizenship. In order for the government to get him out of Romania, he had to give up citizenship. The process was started while he was in Romania and completed a couple months after he arrived in the US.

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