Monday, 8 December 2008

Sworn declarations

My lawyer wants my grandmother to sign some documents or have my mother declare that she's incompetant and can't sign. My mom doesn't want to do either, so that puts a kink in things.

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Thursday, 27 November 2008

No news yet

The latest news, is no news. But I'm hoping that's a good thing.

My Romanian is going pretty well, but it's frustrating. I can understand a lot, but can't speak much. Hopefully this time next year I'll have a Romanian passport in my hot little hands.

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Friday, 3 October 2008

More docs

The Romanian govt wants my mom's marriage cert and her passport and my grandfather's death cert. We're running into the name issue again as my mom's name on her passport matches her old name, not her new one.

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Still waiting and studying Romanian

It's been a while, so I thought I'd update.

My mom has sent more papers to our lawyer, some things from my grandparents, so it looks like all the papers are in, we just have to sit and wait.

I acutally found someone in Peru to teach me Romanian and she's 100% Romanian. She found me through a board expat board and we got together in May for coffee, and then she emailed me asking when I was going to start studying Romanian with her, free of charge. I've had three classes with her ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. In exchange I'm helping a friend of hers learn English, so it's all working out. She has a book, from Romania, so it beats my simple "Teach Yourself" and the hard grammar book that I have. So I'm excited, I'm hoping to pick up intermediate level in about six months, since it's so close to Spanish.

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Saturday, 3 May 2008

News from my lawyer

Just heard from my lawyer. Looks like good news. NOW they're saying that I'm a citizen since my mom is. We've been saying that for years. My lawyer has been telling them this for months, and they finally have realised it. Before this, we were trying to get me citizenship through my mom. Now we've decided to prove that my mom's a citizen (and get her citizenship if necessary) and then try to get me citizenship.

Unfortunately, the Chicago consulate doesn't recognise her citizenship. All we need to do is get sworn declarations and then I should get it by default.

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Thursday, 20 March 2008

Docs off to Romania

We sent all the documents off to my lawyer, now we'll just have to sit tight and wait and see what they say.

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Monday, 10 March 2008

Studying Romanian

My lawyer told me that if things don't work the way we plan, then I will have to prove fluency in Romanian. Yikes!! Better start studying!

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Friday, 1 February 2008

Moved back to Peru

My husband asked me to move back to Peru. I have a job lined up as well. I'll be back on Feb 3rd. I'd like to move back to Korea again though.

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Monday, 14 January 2008

FAQ: What about people adopted from Romania?

Question
Hi Everyone,

My name is Andrei and I was born in Arad, Romania in 1988. However, my mother could not afford me, and my father died during the communist regime. My mother put me up for adoption in an orphanage.

My parents today adopted me while they were in the military in Germany. They are American citizens. This is where it's get interesting, and I was wondering if anyone could help me. The birth certificate that my parents received from the Romanian govt. said that I was born in the state of California, which is where my parents resided at the time. However, I was born in Romania.

When I was adopted, I did not become an American citizen, like one would assume. Instead, I am still a Romanian citizen, with a birth certificate that say I as born in the United States.

Now that I am 19 (almost 20) I'm starting to get very curious about my roots and my Romanian culture.

My passport expired quite a while ago., and I would like to renew it. I am able to right because I am a Romanian citizen, correct? I called the Consulate of Romania in Chicago, and they told me that they would have to see proof that I was indeed a Romanian citizen in order to issue me a new passport. I have my birth certificate, my official adoption documentation, and my passport. Will this paperwork suffice?

Answer
Your situation is quite complicated. I suggest you contact the nearest consulate or embassy to get the answers you need. Alternatively, try contacting the lawyers listed on this blog.

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