Sunday, 20 February 2011

Applying for my passport

Finally, after years of paperwork and wild goose chases, we found out that my mom is still a citizen. Due to this, I can apply for a passport. Here's all the items my lawyer will be submitting. Not all of these are original forms, but certified copies are all my lawyer needs.

● My Romanian birth cert and American birth cert
● My Peruvian marriage cert (for name purposes)
● Mom's birth certs (old and new one)
● Mom's American marriage cert
● My passport
● Power of Attorney
● Declaration of no criminal record
● Cert of Mom's Citizenship issued by the Immigration Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The passport application normally takes 30 working days, but we're going to allow 60 for possible delays, because things always take longer! They may not physically give my lawyer my passport, because the power of attorney authorizes them to apply for citizenship (which would include the passport, but not to receive it, and they might want to see my American passport (so I'd have to send it to my lawyer).

The way around this is that my lawyer will request them to send it an embassy. I might have to sign a sworn declaration, but that would hopefully be the last thing I'd have to sign. Then a couple weeks later I could pick up my passport. Worse case senario, is that I'd have to go to Romania and get it. But, I'm planning on going to Europe anyways for the summer.

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

FAQ: Speaking Romanian

Question
Is there a Romanian Language test before you are awarded citizenship?

Answer
In theory, not if it's because of ancestry. But, that's not to say that they won't try to give me one. Anyways, I can pretty much read and listen, it's the writing and speaking that's hard.

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Friday, 18 February 2011

FAQ: Why do you want to be Romanian?

Question
Congratulations! Once you have your Romanian passport, how will that help you with your professional goals?


Answer
Kind of personal / professional. IF I get the passport, then my husband and I would consider settling down there. It would be a halfway point between living in the US and living in Peru. It won't be his country, nor mine, but ours. We'd both have to struggle with things, but I think less so than if we went to our respective countries.

He could get citizenship. Romanian would be MUCH easier for him to adapt to both culturally and language wise (He's already able to translate gov't docs just due to knowing Spanish). I've heard the job market isn't the best there, so we're also considering Saudi for a bit to save. Hopefully by the time we leave Korea we'll be able to buy another flat in Peru and basically save all the rent we get and live off of whatever we make in Romania.

Basically, Europe would be open to both of us. Even if we don't work there, we could own property, send our kids to school, hopefully get pension, etc.

If I could stay in Korea for five years at this same job, my pension would go up a lot. If we had kids, then we'd have to decide whether to stay in Korea, move to Romania, or go to Saudi.

Question
Awesome, NG.

Acum, poti invata romaneste!!
Espanol le ayudara.

I'm a little envious. Congrats.


Answer

Don't be jealous just yet Wink I've still got to get the passport. If it makes you feel any better, I first called the consulate in fall 1999. This hasn't been easy! Anyways, finding out that the Ministry of Internal Affairs recognises my mom as a citizen is wonderful news!

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mom's a citizen

Updated 17 October 2015

I found out that this document just says my mom was a citizen when she left Romania.

Good news: My lawyer sent me confirmation that my mom is a citizen from the Ministry of Internal Affairs! She never had her citizenship revoked and never renounced it. Yea! So hopefully I'll be getting my passport this year! (My grandfather did renounce his citizenship. No info about my grandmother's Romanian citizenship. But none of that mattes. My mom IS a citizen, therefore I can get citizenship.)

So excited!

Things are taking longer than we think, though. We applied for confirmation of citizenship in July 2010 and were told that we'd find out 4 months later, in September 2010. However, we just found out now. So it actually took 9 months.

FYI: Romanian citizenship during the Communist regime.
I have been told that any Romanian who left during the Communist regime were considered traitors by having committed "high treason" and thus revoked of Romanian citizenship. However, since the fall of communism, laws have changed. Th
e 1991 law basically cancels the revocation of citizenship due to its extreme political nature, therefore, my mom still has citizenship (which has been proved by the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs). My grandfather's is a different matter. He willingly renounced his citizenship. If we had wanted his to be restored, that would be another legal matter.

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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Husband's back

And this time it's for good. We'd like to start a family here in Korea. And I'm sick of buying him one way tickets.

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